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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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Mastermind Behind Identity Theft Ring Discovered

According to a local ABC News affiliate, the Texas Department of Public Safety has identified the mastermind behind the identity theft ring in Texas that stole nearly $50,000 through the use of fake checks. The charges have been filed against a 30-year-old woman who previously admitted an affiliation with the crime ring, which she said […]

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Identity Theft Can Negatively Impact Your Health

Everyone knows that identity theft can have a negative impact on your bank account, but did you know that it can also affect your health? Here’s how becoming a victim of ID theft can drag down your health levels: Anxiety affects your body: Identity theft leads to emotional distress, which can have real physical impact […]

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Tax Refund Scams on the Rise, IRS Warns

Once you get through all the complicated paperwork there’s a nice silver lining to tax season — if you’re getting a refund. Unfortunately many identity thieves are looking forward to their own silver lining and doing whatever they can to ensure that your tax refund ends up in their bank accounts. It seems that criminals […]

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