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  • ID Theft? Fraud?

    03/20/2017 1:47:53 PM PDT · by Eva · 57 replies
    Self
    I hope someone can help me. My husband just received one of those scam calls that asks a question and gets you to answer yes. The caller records your yes and disconnects. Then they use that yes to agree to some contract.
  • Pretend journalist, Jorge Ramos, says illegals who commit identity theft do so to ‘benefit our lives

    02/27/2017 8:08:44 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 20 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/27/17 | Robert Laurie
    Feel free to steal Ramos's identity No doubt you remember Jorge Ramos - the perpetually outraged, virtue-signaling, illegal immigration activist who pretends to be a journalist - from that time President Trump had him thrown out of a press conference. After it happened, Ramos enjoyed a few extra minutes of fame, made the anti-Trump media rounds, then faded back to his previous level of mid-range notoriety. Unfortunately, with the illegal immigration issue still front-and-center, Ramos rears his head every so often.
  • After Years Of Uneventful Check-Ins, Arizona Woman Is Arrested, Deported

    02/09/2017 5:53:20 PM PST · by simpson96 · 75 replies
    NPR ^ | 2/9/2017 | Camila Domonoske
    An Arizona woman who has lived in the U.S. for more than two decades was arrested Wednesday night after her regular check-in with immigration officials and has been deported to Mexico. She was sent to Nogales, Mexico, on Thursday, reports Katherine Fritcke of member station KJZZ. Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos' deportation — which has been protested by dozens of activists, some of whom were arrested late Wednesday — is a glimpse of how immigration enforcement is changing under the Trump administration. She had had a deportation order against her for several years but was not considered a priority for deportation...
  • Report: Social security numbers active for 6.5 million people aged 112

    01/25/2017 11:30:59 AM PST · by Mariner · 77 replies
    Associated Press via PBS ^ | January 25th, 2017 | BY Stephen Ohlemacher
    WASHINGTON — Americans are getting older, but not this old: Social Security records show that 6.5 million people in the U.S. have reached the ripe old age of 112. In reality, only few could possibly be alive. As of last fall, there were only 42 people known to be that old in the entire world. But Social Security does not have death records for millions of these people, with the oldest born in 1869, according to a report by the agency’s inspector general. Only 13 of the people are still getting Social Security benefits, the report said. But for others,...
  • 3rd ex-Rhode Island lawmaker in 11 days charged criminally

    01/23/2017 2:01:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 23, 2017 4:33 PM EST | Michelle R. Smith
    A former Rhode Island state lawmaker has agreed to plead guilty to fraud charges, becoming the third former House member in 11 days to be charged with criminal conduct and prompting the U.S. attorney to decry the state’s political culture. The charges filed against Democrat Ray Gallison in federal court Monday include mail fraud, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and filing false tax returns. Gallison, an attorney, acknowledged taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from a dead man’s estate and other misconduct. “This says something about our political culture here, which I think should get our attention,” U.S. Attorney Peter...
  • Stolen Identities, Stolen Lives

    09/01/2016 2:51:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 8/31 | Stephen Stock, Mark Villarreal and Kevin Nious
    Feds report 15,000 complaints since 2013 from people who say law enforcement or creditors mistakenly targeted them because someone else used their identity. Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes, taking billions from American consumers each year. Now the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit has uncovered a more insidious form of stolen identity that can also take your freedom. The Federal Trade Commission monitors identity theft crimes nationwide. The Investigative Unit combed through years of FTC complaint data and found nearly 15,000 reports since 2013 from victims of identity theft who mistakenly had criminal and civil actions waged...
  • IRS doesn’t tell 1 million taxpayers that illegal immigrants stole their Social Security numbers

    08/30/2016 4:42:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 30, 2016 | Stephen Dinan
    The IRS has discovered more than 1 million Americans whose Social Security numbers were stolen by illegal immigrants, but officials never bothered to tell the taxpayers themselves, the agency’s inspector general said in a withering new report released Tuesday. Investigators first alerted the IRS to the problem five years ago, but it’s still not fixed, the inspector general said, and a pilot program meant to test a solution was canceled, and fell woefully short anyway. As a result most taxpayers don’t learn that their identities have been stolen and their Social Security files may be screwed up. “Taxpayers identified as...
  • IRS identified 1.1 million cases of identity theft but didn’t notify victims (blood boiling)

    08/31/2016 4:10:56 PM PDT · by CaptainK · 24 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 8/31/16 | John Sexton
    Inspector General: IRS identified 1.1 million cases of The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) issued a report Tuesday which found the IRS had identified 1.1 million cases of employment-related identity theft since 2011 but failed to notify the victims. As the IG’s press release makes clear, TIGTA pointed out this same problem to the IRS in a previous audit: Why is the IRS so hesitant to deal with this problem? Because most of the people committing the identity theft are illegal immigrants.
  • IRS doesn’t tell 1M taxpayers that illegals stole their Social Security numbers

    08/31/2016 2:24:27 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 31, 2016 | Stephen Dinan
    The IRS has discovered more than 1 million Americans whose Social Security numbers were stolen by illegal immigrants, but officials never bothered to tell the taxpayers themselves, the agency’s inspector general said in a withering new report released Tuesday. Investigators first alerted the IRS to the problem five years ago, but it’s still not fixed, the inspector general said, and a pilot program meant to test a solution was canceled — and fell woefully short anyway. As a result, most taxpayers don’t learn that their identities have been stolen and their Social Security files may be screwed up. “Taxpayers identified...
  • Social Security Administration Now Requires Two-Factor Authentication

    08/04/2016 8:11:41 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 53 replies
    Krebs on Security ^ | 8/16/2016 | Brian Krebs
    The U.S. Social Security Administration announced last week that it will now require a cell phone number from all Americans who wish to manage their retirement benefits at ssa.gov. Unfortunately, the new security measure does little to prevent identity thieves from fraudulently creating online accounts to siphon benefits from Americans who haven’t yet created accounts for themselves. ... “People will not be able to access their personal my Social Security account if they do not have a cell phone or do not wish to provide the cell phone number,” the agency said. ... Also, as one reader already pointed out...
  • Experts Urge Password Changes After Massive Cyber Attack

    05/06/2016 5:10:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | May 5, 2016
    The hack affected providers such as Google, Yahoo, Hotmail and MicrosoftCybersecurity professionals are warning anyone with a personal email account to change their passwords after stolen user names and passwords were being offered up for sale on the Internet, NBC News reported. Some 272.3 million accounts were stolen - and involve some of the biggest email providers, including Google, Yahoo, Hotmail and Microsoft, according to Alex Holden of Hold Security. "We know he's a young man in central Russia who collected this information from multiple sources," Holden told NBC News. "We don't know the way he did it or the...
  • Joe Arpaio defeats immigrant groups in court; Arizona ID theft law upheld

    05/02/2016 1:49:27 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 50 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 2, 2016 | Stephan Dinan
    States can impose their own stiff penalties on illegal immigrants and others who steal identities to get jobs, a federal appeals court ruled Monday, upholding Arizona’s law and dealing a setback to immigrant rights advocates. The decision is yet another victory for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and more broadly for Arizona, which has been a pioneer in trying to find ways to punish illegal immigrants, stepping into a void left by the Bush and Obama administrations. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said there are still some questions about how police and prosecutors use the identity theft laws,...
  • IRS changing policy on employment-related ID theft

    04/26/2016 3:21:25 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 26, 2016 | Naomi Jagoda
    The Internal Revenue Service will start notifying victims of employment-related identity theft in a shift of policy that comes after criticism from Congress. "We’re still working out the details of the policy change to advise people of possible misuse of their Social Security number, and we will have more details to share in the near future," the IRS said in a statement. During a Senate Finance Committee hearing earlier this month, Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.), expressed concerns about the fact that the IRS doesn't inform victims when illegal immigrants use their Social Security numbers to obtain employment and then file...
  • (HOT!!!) California Student Information Released to Nonprofit

    02/18/2016 9:17:36 AM PST · by Fundamentally Fair · 53 replies
    NBC 7 ^ | Feb. 11, 2016 | Consumer Bob
    Millions of public school students will soon have their personal information and school records handed over to a nonprofit community organization. The Concerned Parents Association fought for the data in federal district court and won over the objections of the California Department of Education. SDUSD Alerts Parents to Student Info Release. The nonprofit said it needs the information to see if California schools are violating the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and other related laws. The database it will have access to includes all information on children, kindergarten through high school, who are attending or have attended a California school...
  • IRS says identity thieves breached its systems

    02/09/2016 10:07:39 PM PST · by detective · 7 replies
    Msn Money ^ | February 10, 2016 | Laura Saunders and Richard Rubin
    The Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday that it identified an automated attack on its computer systems aimed at getting information that could be used to steal tax refunds. The agency said identity thieves last month used personal data of taxpayers that was stolen elsewhere in an attempt to generate e-file personal identification numbers to file fraudulent returns and claim tax refunds.
  • Feds are going after ID theft protector LifeLock: Here's why

    07/23/2015 2:10:20 PM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    Birmingham News ^ | 7/23/15 | Leada Gore
    It seems like every other day there is a report about another cyber intrusion that compromises personal data. There are multiple companies that promise to help protect that information but one, LifeLock, has found itself under fire from the federal government. Let's talk about that:First, what is LifeLock?The proliferation of hacks that have compromised consumer's personal information have many people turning to identity protection through companies such as LifeLock. The Tempe, Arizona-based company was founded in 2005 and went public in 2012. It has offices in San Diego, San Francisco, Irvine and Mountain View, California. The company provides a variety...
  • Experian Hit With Class Action Over ID Theft Service

    07/21/2015 2:17:21 PM PDT · by snarkpup · 1 replies
    Krebs on Security ^ | July 21, 2015 | Brian Krebs
    Big-three credit bureau Experian is the target of a class-action lawsuit just filed in California. The suit alleges that Experian negligently violated consumer protection laws when it failed to detect for nearly 10 months that a customer of its data broker subsidiary was a scammer who ran a criminal service that resold consumer data to identity thieves.
  • 74-Year-Old Man’s Social Security Check in Jeopardy for ‘Bogus’ Student Loans

    07/14/2015 3:17:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    The Grio ^ | July 13, 2015
    The Department of Education is threatening to dock Willie Chaney’s social security check again for outstanding “student loans.” The problem? Chaney claims he never took the loans out and has never even enrolled in college. The 74-year-old told FOX 5 in Atlanta he never even graduated high school, let alone take out loans to attend college in Arizona – a place he said he’s never been, either. He tells the station he believes he is the victim of identity theft. “Everything they send me I already done did,” Chaney said. “They want me to read this paper and, uh, check...
  • By The Way, 21 Million Social Security Numbers Were Breached In That Massive Government Hack

    07/11/2015 4:00:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Townhall ^ | July 10, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    The Office of Personnel Management is under fire again today after it was revealed hackers, allegedly Chinese, stole 21 million social security numbers during a massive data breach discovered last month (which officials originally said only impacted 4 million people). The social security numbers belong to Americans who have, or who currently are, working for the federal government. This new information comes on the heels of news hackers were able to obtain extremely sensitive information, including classified background check information that can be used for blackmail, belonging to tens of millions of government employees. More bad news: Here’s the kicker:...
  • No One Is Safe: $300 Gadget Steals Encryption Keys out of the Air, and It’s Nearly Unstoppable

    07/08/2015 6:56:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    BGR ^ | July 8, 2015 | Zach Epstein
    Just when you thought you were safe, a new hacking toy comes along and rocks your world. Imagine a tool exists that lets hackers pluck encryption keys from your laptop right out of the air. You can’t stop it by connecting to protected Wi-Fi networks or even disabling Wi-Fi completely. Turning off Bluetooth also won’t help you protect yourself. Why? Because the tiny device that can easily be hidden in an object or taped to the underside of a table doesn’t use conventional communications to pull off capers. Instead it reads radio waves emitted by your computer’s processor, and there’s...