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  • Identity Thief Claimed to Be Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Here's What Took Place.

    12/24/2020 6:21:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/24/2020 | Beth Baumann
    According to a newly-unsealed federal criminal complaint, a former employee for California's Employment Development Department (EDD), the state's unemployment agency, allegedly engaged in fraud. Andrea Gervais, the former employee, allegedly used Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) name to apply for unemployment benefits through the EDD, POLITICO reported. The information came to light after a bank employee noticed a deposit for $21,000 in the senator's name. The investigation revealed Gervasis allegedly filed $2.1 million in claims. Of those claims, she allegedly received $216,000 from roughly a dozen claims. This is not the first time the Employment Development Department agency has struggled with...
  • Over 19K Fraudulent IDs Seized by CBP Officers in Chicago(FLASHBACK July 27, 2020)

    11/06/2020 2:35:41 PM PST · by bitt · 13 replies
    cbp.gov/ ^ | July 27, 2020 | cbp.gov/
    CHICAGO–Fraudulent driver’s licenses, which are used for criminal activity or fraud, continue to be found by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the International Mail Facility (IMF) at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. ID Since the beginning of the year to June 30, CBP officers at the IMF have seized 1,513 shipments with fraudulent documents- a total of 19,888 counterfeit US drivers’ licenses. The majority of these shipments were arriving from China and Hong Kong, with other seized shipments arriving from Great Britain and South Korea. The driver’s licenses were for various people in different states with a vast...
  • Russian National Pleads Guilty for Role in Transnational Cybercrime Organization Responsible for more than $568 Million in Losses

    06/27/2020 4:55:34 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 4 replies
    justice.gov ^ | June 26, 2020 | DOJ
    One of the leaders of the Infraud Organization pleaded guilty today to RICO conspiracy.  Infraud was an Internet-based cybercriminal enterprise engaged in the large-scale acquisition, sale, and dissemination of stolen identities, compromised debit and credit cards, personally identifiable information, financial and banking information, computer malware, and other contraband. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division made the announcement.Sergey Medvedev, aka “Stells,” “segmed,” “serjbear,” 33, of the Russian Federation, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge James C. Mahan in the District of Nevada.  According to the indictment, the Infraud Organization was created in October...
  • If Georgie White Clark and I had crossed paths, I have a feeling we might have been fast friends ... [re: Glen and Bessie Hyde mystery]

    05/21/2020 9:37:56 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Raising Jane 'blog ^ | Posted on September 3, 2014 | MaryJane
    "For all her notoriety, Clark remains something of a mystery to even those closest to her. Evidence discovered at her home the day of her funeral raised the possibility Clark fabricated portions of her past, giving rise to a new element of the Georgie legend," reports GrandCanyonTreks.org. "While the theory is discounted by several associates, there is a faction of friends who are puzzled by connections that suggest Clark was in fact Bessie Hyde, who vanished in 1928 along with her husband, Glen Hyde, while the Idaho couple were on a honeymoon adventure floating the Grand Canyon in a wooden...
  • IDES confirms data breach in online unemployment system

    05/19/2020 11:14:00 AM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 7 replies
    Capitol News Illinois ^ | 5/19/2020 | PETER HANCOCK
    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Employment Security has confirmed that a new online portal that processes claims for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance briefly allowed public access to applicants’ personal information including Social Security numbers. The PUA system, which went online May 11, is a federal program that provides unemployment benefits to gig workers and other independent contractors who are not normally covered by regular unemployment insurance. The data breach was first made public Saturday when state Rep. Terri Bryant, a Murphysboro Republican, said in a news release that she had been alerted to the issue by a constituent the...
  • Secret Service investigating a crime ring inundating unemployment offices with fake claims

    05/17/2020 6:06:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    The Verge ^ | May 17, 2020 | Kim Lyons
    Authorities think the group is using a database of stolen identity informationThe US Secret Service says it is investigating a Nigerian crime ring that has been using Americans’ stolen identities to file fraudulently for unemployment benefits, according to Krebs on Security. Authorities say members of the ring were able to exploit weak security measures within many states’ unemployment systems at a time when millions of Americans are applying for benefits. The agency sent a memo to field offices late last week which said the Nigeria-based ring appeared to be using a “substantial” database of stolen personal information, much of it...
  • Supreme Court Rules Illegal Aliens CAN Be Prosecuted For Identity Theft

    03/04/2020 5:05:16 PM PST · by bitt · 38 replies
    GATEWAY PUNDIT ^ | 3/4/2020 | eric a. blair
    In a 5-4 decision, a divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled that foreigners who are in America illegally can be prosecuted for the crime of identity theft. While the ruling seems like a no brainer, the court was divided because the case involved the Immigration Control and Reform Act, which says any information provided on an I-9 work form can’t be used by law enforcement in any way — and that includes as evidence in a criminal case. “The Immigration Control and Reform Act (IRCA) makes it a federal crime to lie on the I-9 work authorization form, while limiting how...
  • US Customs Seizes Thousands of Fake IDs From China

    11/29/2019 9:47:10 PM PST · by bitt · 14 replies
    epoch times ^ | 11/29/2019 | EVA FU
    U.S. custom officials recently seized nearly 3,000 fake driver’s licenses—including one shipment going to a convicted child rapist —all of which were sent from China. The six intercepted shipments, heading to different individuals in the New York area, contained 2,909 counterfeit driver’s licenses and 3,123 blank card stocks used to make fake licenses, according to a Nov. 25 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) press release. One of the shipments was bound for a convicted child rapist in the New York area, who officials suspect “entices minors with alcohol and counterfeit IDs before engaging in illicit activity,” CBP said. The...
  • Groups forging messages to Elected Officials

    10/19/2019 11:44:40 AM PDT · by johnsmom · 4 replies
    self | 10/19/19 | self
    A heads up for patriots. I received a notification from the offices of NC pols Richard Burr, Thom Tillis, and Virginia Foxx that they had received and would soon reply to correspondence from me. I had NOT (this time) created the correspondence. Turns out a group called “Seniors Speak Out” (SSO) and “Voter Voice” (VV) had forged my name and email address to the correspondence delivered to Burr, Tillis, and Foxx. I found the administrator of SSO “Nona Bear” and SSO’s blog, twitter, and Linkedin accounts. None of the direct message functions allowed contact. Turned out that VV had a...
  • Man Poses As ‘Good Morning America’ Producer, New York Times Reporter To Obtain Government Docs...

    07/24/2019 10:03:30 PM PDT · by Brown Deer · 21 replies
    CBS Philly ^ | July 24, 2019 | CBS Staff
    DELAWARE COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) — A Delaware County man faces several charges after he allegedly posed as a “Good Morning America” producer and a New York Times reporter. District Attorney Kat Copeland made the announcement on Wednesday morning. Copeland said Nikolaos Tzima Hatziefstathiou, also known as “Nik the Hat,” has been charged with creating a false, racist government email, identity theft and tampering. Hatziefstathiou claimed he was the editor in chief for YC News. Copeland said it was all in an effort to obtain government documents. “From April 23 to April 25, Nik Hatziefstathiou, after creating fake email accounts posing...
  • ODNI And NSA Impede Lawmakers Review Of Obama Admin ‘Unmasking’ Requests

    02/19/2019 5:44:56 PM PST · by bitt · 23 replies
    saraacarter.com ^ | 2/19/2018 | Sara A. Carter
    The Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the National Security Agency still have not granted access to Republican lawmakers to review hundreds of unmasking requests made on Americans by Senior Obama Administration officials, SaraACarter.com has learned. Despite an order from President Trump more than a year ago, ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes, R-CA, on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence said his committee has been stymied in its investigation into the unmasking requests that rocked Washington D.C. when discovered in 2017. The ODNI and NSA were ordered by President Trump to make available the highly classified documents...
  • Vanity - Preventing Identity Theft

    06/24/2019 10:44:45 PM PDT · by Cementjungle · 28 replies
    06/24/2019 | self
    Looking for info/tips on how to prevent identity theft. As we all know, this is a constant threat with all the computer breaches and data being passed around. I recently looked in the mirror and realized I'm getting old, so I decided to tidy up some loose ends in my personal documentation to make things easier for my family if/when I do wind up croaking. Since I went through my whole life without an actual SS card or birth certificate (I do have all my passports dating back to when I was 14 until present, which is still valid). So,...
  • Feds: Guatemalan man found guilty in fatal hit-and-run crash had been using fake name

    06/05/2019 4:03:49 PM PDT · by Mean Daddy · 19 replies
    Omaha World Herald ^ | June | Alia Conley
    A Guatemalan man who is serving prison time for fatally striking a motorcyclist with his SUV and then fleeing had been using a fake identity, federal officials say. Sebastian Velasquez-Ramos had been using the alias Luis Velasquez-Ortiz in order to falsely claim he was a U.S. citizen, federal officials said. He also used a Social Security number that wasn't his and said he was a few years younger than he actually is. Officials think Velasquez-Ramos is his real name because that is the name in his immigration documents that were filed when he arrived in the United States. Velasquez-Ramos, 47,...
  • Election fraud scheme on L.A.'s skid row homeless to sign fake names for cigarettes,cash, DA says

    11/20/2018 11:10:39 AM PST · by NoLibZone · 12 replies
    Nine people face felony charges in connection with a fraud scheme in which they offered cash or cigarettes to homeless people on skid row in downtown Los Angeles in exchange for hundreds of fake or forged signatures on ballot petitions and voter registration forms, prosecutors said. Los Angeles County prosecutors Tuesday announced the charges, which include circulating a petition with false names, voter fraud and registering a nonexistent person during election cycles in 2016 and this year. “They paid individuals to sign the names,” said Officer Deon Joseph, the senior lead officer on skid row, told The Times in September....
  • Democrat Staffer Jackson Cosko Arrested for Doxxing is Not an ‘Unpaid Intern’ (Smells like Soros)

    10/07/2018 12:10:22 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 56 replies
    The Tennessee Star ^ | October 7, 2018 | Julie Gunlock
    Capitol Police on October 3 arrested 27-year old congressional staffer Jackson Cosko for posting on Wikipedia the private addresses of three members of the Senate Judiciary Committee—what’s known as “doxxing” (a word derived from the shorthand for “document”). Cosko is facing serious charges that include illegally posting private information of public figures, witness tampering, threats, identity theft, and unlawful entry. In the mainstream media, Cosko is being portrayed as a hapless overzealous intern who didn’t even have the smarts to cover up his criminal act. His former boss— Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas) has denied she knew anything about Cosko’s activities....
  • “Shout Your Abortion” Campaign Steals Pro-Life Woman’s Picture, Claims She Celebrated Three...

    09/05/2018 2:20:30 PM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Sep 5, 2018 | Micaiah Bilger
    FULL TITLE: “Shout Your Abortion” Campaign Steals Pro-Life Woman’s Picture, Claims She Celebrated Three Abortions The radical Shout Your Abortion campaign recently used a young pro-life woman’s photo under a headline claiming she had three abortions and was proud of them. Molly Schaap, whose photo the pro-abortion website used, told the Canadian pro-life group Choice42 that she was “horrified” when she saw her photo attached to the pro-abortion campaign. Her smiling photo appeared under the headline “Shout Your Abortion – I am 23 and I have had 3 abortions. YES I HAVE!” The pro-abortion campaign urges women to share their...
  • AWAN WALKS

    08/11/2018 2:24:32 AM PDT · by Rabin · 34 replies
    power line ^ | JULY 3, 2018 | SCOTT JOHNSON
    Debbys’ Awan, & Robs’ magnificent nine. Free… snipp HTTP://DAILYCALLER.COM/2018/06/04/WASSERMAN-SCHULTZ-AWAN-ISLAMOPHOBE/ WASSERMAN SCHULTZ SCREAMED AT HOUSE OFFICIALS TO KILL HACKING PROBE, INTERVENED IN PAKISTANI CRIMINAL MATTER // snipp // https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/cyber/iranian-mabna-hackers On February 7, 2018, a grand jury sitting in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, indicted nine (non DWS) Iranian nationals for their alleged involvement in computer intrusion, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft offenses. //snipp// State-Sponsored Cyber Theft Nine (non DWS)Iranians Charged in Massive Hacking Campaign on Behalf of Iran Government https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/nine-iranians-charged-in-hacking-scheme-032318
  • LifeLock Bug Exposed Millions of Customer Email Addresses

    07/26/2018 8:42:07 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 22 replies
    Krebs on Security ^ | July 25, 2018 | Brian Krebs
    Identity theft protection firm LifeLock — a company that’s built a name for itself based on the promise of helping consumers protect their identities online — may have actually exposed customers to additional attacks from ID thieves and phishers. The company just fixed a vulnerability on its site that allowed anyone with a Web browser to index email addresses associated with millions of customer accounts, or to unsubscribe users from all communications from the company. The upshot of this weakness is that cyber criminals could harvest the data and use it in targeted phishing campaigns that spoof LifeLock’s brand. Of...
  • Arkansas thief paid for meal with stolen credit card … that belonged to waitress, police say

    06/21/2018 5:36:30 PM PDT · by BBell · 11 replies
    PINE BLUFF, Ark. — Authorities say an Arkansas thief tried to pay for a meal using a credit card that had been stolen from the waitress herself days earlier. Police spokesman Lt. David De Foor said in a news release that officers arrested 21-year-old Shamon West on Tuesday at Shannon’s Restaurant in Pine Bluff. He said that, “having no desire to pay for the fellow’s meal,” waitress Flora Lunsford called to report that the man had tried paying for his meal with her stolen credit card. De Foor says officers found other items on West that had been in Lunsford’s...
  • Maybe She Had So Much Money She Just Lost Track of It

    05/29/2018 6:40:59 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 32 replies
    The Cut ^ | May 28, 2018 9:05 pm | Jessica Pressler
    It started with money, as it so often does in New York. A crisp $100 bill slipped across the smooth surface of the mid-century-inspired concierge desk at 11 Howard, the sleek new boutique hotel in Soho. Looking up, Neffatari Davis, the 25-year-old concierge, who goes by “Neff,” was surprised to see the cash had come from a young woman who seemed to be around her age. She had a heart-shaped face and pouty lips surrounded by a wild tangle of red hair, her eyes framed by incongruously chunky black glasses that Neff, an aspiring cinematographer with an eye for detail,...