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3 Dangerous Forms of Identity Theft

Identity theft, in its many incarnations, is a horrible crime. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 11.5 million Americans become victims of identity theft each year. The average incident costs $4,930 per individual, and total national losses are about $24.7 billion annually. There can be no doubt that identity theft is a serious and […]

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My Tax Refund Was Stolen — What Now?

You’ve filed your taxes and breathed a sigh of relief. Now all you have to do is kick back and wait for your refund to arrive. Or so you think, until you get a letter in the mail from the IRS, stating that more than one return has been filed in your name. It can […]

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16 Criminals Indicted In $10 Million Tax Fraud Scheme

A federal grand jury in Pennsylvania recently indicted 16 people on counts of wire fraud and identity theft. ABC News reported that the individuals are mostly from the New York City area, with some ties to Nigeria. Prosecutors said the id theft ring stole more than $10 million from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in […]

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Resist Exposing Personal Data to Reduce Risk of ID Theft

Your personal information is sensitive and inherently valuable. There is a reason thieves will risk jail time to collect things like your name, address and birth date (information many of us tend to give out quite frequently) and that reason is profitability. The identity theft puzzle isn’t a complicated 10,000-piece behemoth that takes a month […]

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Prisoners Vulnerable to Identity Theft

Federal prosecutors are slowly uncovering a new identity theft trend: targeting prisoners. In 2014 alone, courts sentenced an Alabama bail bondsman, two former Alabama corrections employees, a Florida corrections officer and a Georgia man for stealing 1,200 prisoner identities and claiming more than $6.5 million in tax refunds. In January, a Kentucky judge found a […]

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The Repercussions of Soaring Medical Identity Theft

Medical identity theft is one of the most costly and dangerous types of fraud. In their Fifth Annual Study on Medical Identity Theft, The Ponemon Institute stated that medical id theft had soared a whopping 22 percent in 2014. Ponemon estimates more than 2.3 million adult Americans had their medical identities stolen during or before […]

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80 Ball State University Employees Victims of Identity Theft

Earlier this month Ball State University announced that 80 of its employees had become victims of identity theft and tax return fraud. According to IndyStar, city and county police records showed that the victims included an associate vice president, a dean, assistant deans, assistant department chairs, directors and other senior officials in information technology, human […]

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3 Identity Theft Risks to Keep an Eye On

A report released earlier this month by Javelin Strategy and Research states that in 2014, 12.7 million consumers experienced identity fraud — that’s a 3 percent drop from the near record high of 13.1 million in 2013. While it might not seem like a huge decline, it is a hopeful indication that, as awareness spreads, […]

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Identity Theft Hits Blue Cross Blue Shield

The federal government has charged 11 individuals with multiple counts of identity theft and credit card fraud related to insurance providers Blue Cross Blue Shield. The operation was allegedly an inside job carried out by Blue Cross Blue Shield employee Angela Patton, 47, of Belleville, Michigan. Patton printed screenshots withmore than 5,000 subscribers’ personal information […]

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Protect Your Identity This Spring With These Tips

Spring is here and as nature turns over a new leaf, so should you, by making sure you are taking steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from identity theft. According to Javelin Strategy and Research, someone’s identity is stolen every two seconds. In an increasingly digital world it is becoming easier for criminals […]

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3 ID Theft Warning Signs After Premera Blue Cross Breach

Premera Blue Cross announced on Tuesday that as many as 11 million members may be victims of the largest data breach ever reported involving medical information. Hackers gained access to member information including name, address, email address, telephone number, date of birth, Social Security number, member identification number, medical claims information and in some cases, […]

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Premera Blue Cross Reveals Months-Old Data Breach

On Tuesday, March 17, Premera Blue Cross, a major provider of healthcare services in the U.S., revealed it is the victim of a cyber attack that may have exposed medical data as well as personal and financial information of 11 million customers. According to a statement released by Premera, the attack began in May 2014 […]

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