Yes, your child could be a victim of identity theft

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Could your child have a credit report even if he or she has never used a credit card or borrowed money? It’s possible when identity theft is involved. Your child’s Social Security number (SSN) may be exposed in a number of ways — school records and medical records are just…


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Man sentenced for role in Regina mail, identity theft scheme

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Less than a month after his associate was jailed for an identity theft scheme involving stolen mail and forged documents, the second man involved received his own prison term. This isn’t the first time James Donald Provost — who has a record of more than 200 convictions — has been…


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Colorado Springs police estimate more than 100 victims of alleged identity thief

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Police estimate that more than 100 people fell victim to a 32-year-old man’s alleged pattern of identity theft in Colorado Springs. Armando Gallegos allegedly manufactured checks using others’ account information and then used the checks at local businesses. He was arrested Aug. 23 in one of the five cases of…


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How to protect yourself from identity theft

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Almost 143 million Americans had their personal information exposed after a data breach from Equifax. That’s almost half the population and the chances of those affected being in Iowa and Illinois are very likely. During a presentation on what to do if you’ve been hacked at the Davenport Library, many…


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Identity thieves knew everything about him — and drained his bank accounts in hours

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We’re all generally aware, in the abstract sense of lightning strikes or rabid bats, that identity thieves can hit us. It might happen, one day. But we’re sure the odds of it happening, like slipping in the bath tub, are on our side. Phil McGrane now knows that’s false security….


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Stolen ID Tax Refund Conspirator In Boston Sentenced To Prison

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A Dominican national living in Dorchester was sentenced to prison time Monday for his role in a stolen identity refused fraud scheme that scored hundreds of thousands of dollars in refunds, the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Junior Alberto Lopez, 32, was sentenced in federal court to 30 months in…


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Senators worry troops could fall victim to fraud in wake of Equifax hack

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A bipartisan pair of senators is pressing Equifax for details on how it plans to protect data on U.S. servicemembers caught up in a massive breach, underscoring fears of potential identity theft and financial fraud. Sens. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) wrote to the credit reporting firm on…


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SmartMetric Says Cyber Identity Fraud Cost The USA Consumer $107 Billion Over The Past Six Years

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According to the 2017 Identity Fraud Study* more than $107 billion was stolen from consumers over the past six years. The latest Cyber theft of more than 134 million personal information identifiers such as driver’s license numbers and social security numbers now makes this information useless for identifying individuals. With…


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No, Apple’s Face ID Is Not A ‘Secure Password’

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Apple has announced its new smartphone, iPhone X. The device is extremely expensive, starting at $999 (or $1331 in the UK), so potential buyers are asking themselves: Is it really worth it? One factor that might influence your decision is the fact Apple seems to want more money for fewer…


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Togolese national accused of identity fraud after Fitbits mailed to Cape Cod

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When a man in Cape Cod stopped getting his mail for about a week, he decided to check out what was happening. Investigators soon learned the man’s mailbox was being used by someone else to ship what appeared to be stolen Fitbits. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the investigation led…


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Woman accused of identity theft arrested in Piedmont

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PIEDMONT – Police are crediting an alert neighbor and license plate readers with helping them nab a Sacramento woman suspected of identity theft. Tatiana Tia, 20, was arrested about 9:30 a.m. Sept. 12 on Hardwick Avenue near Oakland Avenue. Officers were initially dispatched to the 1900 block of Oakland Avenue…


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5 Ways to Protect or Freeze Your Credit After Identity Theft

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In the wake of the Equifax data breach, which compromised the personal information of up to 143 million Americans — nearly half of the U.S. population, according to NBC News — many Americans are looking to prevent potential identity theft. The Equifax breach is just the latest in a string…


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Apple’s New iPhone X Could Help Identity Thieves Steal Your Face

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Apple has announced that it plans to replace previous iPhone login credentials with facial recognition technology to log into the iPhone and to access Apple Pay. This should prompt some privacy and security concerns, but probably not the ones you’re thinking. It’s not the TSA or the Deep State who…


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Russian cyber hacker pleads guilty in identity theft case

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A Russian cybercriminal identified as a leader of a $50 million identity theft and credit card fraud ring has pleaded guilty in Atlanta to helping to steal millions of debit card numbers and swiftly loot accounts in cities around the world, federal authorities said. Roman Valeryevich Seleznev pleaded guilty Thursday…


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How healthcare providers can curb medical identity theft

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Medical records are valued at 20 to 50 times more than financial identities on the black market. Medical identity theft is on the rise. Medical records are a hot target for hackers because, according to the FBI, medical identities are valued at 20 to 50 times more than financial identities…


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Russian cyber hacker pleads guilty in identity theft case

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LAS VEGAS A Russian cybercriminal identified as a leader of a $50 million identity theft and credit card fraud ring has pleaded guilty in Atlanta to helping to steal millions of debit card numbers and swiftly loot accounts in cities around the world, federal authorities said. Roman Valeryevich Seleznev pleaded…


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How Equifax hackers might use your Social Security number to pretend they’re you

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Amid the numbing drumbeat of high-profile hacks in recent years, the one reported Thursday by Equifax stands out for its seriousness and its power to spark widespread consumer rage. The key is that the Social Security numbers of up to 143 million people may have been compromised. Social Security numbers…


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Westport teen behind 2015 fake shooter report charged with hacking, ID theft

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A 17-year-old Westport juvenile — the same youth responsible for calling in a fake active shooter incident at Westport High School in 2015 — was arrested Thursday for hacking into a Texas man’s Amazon account and buying $1,000 in computer equipment, police said. Detective Jeffrey Majewski said the male juvenile,…


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Equifax breach exposes 143 million people to identity theft

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Credit monitoring company Equifax has been hit by a high-tech heist that exposed the Social Security numbers and other sensitive information about 143 million Americans. Now the unwitting victims have to worry about the threat of having their identities stolen. The Atlanta-based company, one of three major U.S. credit bureaus,…


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Police seek suspected identity thief

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The Conway Police Department is seeking the public’s help to identify a woman who they say bought two cell phones using someone else’s identity. On Aug. 27, a woman bought two iPhone 7 pluses at the Verizon store on Dave Ward Drive using the ID of a woman from Philadelphia….


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