The Week in Identity Crime News
This Week in Identity Crime: 10/01/2016 The week's identity crime news includes the massive breach of customer account data at Yahoo, the lack of awareness among students about theft of their identity, the failure of the IRS to notify victims of employment-related ID theft, and cyberattacks targeting WordPress websites. Also in the news were stories of child identity theft, an organized identity crime ring operating in New Hampshire, and the increase in identity theft among the owners of high-value, urban properties in the United Kingdom.
This week's identity crime news included stories covering the theft of a deceased woman's identity by her daughter for financial gain, a medical lab found liable for mishandling patient information, the impact of a security breach at Wendy's restaurants on customers in North Carolina, and the theft of patient information by a former health care facility employee. Also in the news: a multi-year employment identity theft, false identity information provided in a passport application, and the arrest of two men in Alabama who had 177 stolen identities in their possession.
This week's identity crime news includes stories about a family history search that turned up a 25-year-old case of ID theft, an older brother's theft of his younger brother's identity, new legislation aimed at stopping tax-fund-related identity crime, and a report from the IRS on its accomplishments in mitigating tax-related ID crime damage. Also in the news: a biometric solution to identity verification, legislation to stem identity crime in Jamaica, and the high number of identity theft victims in the U.S. in 2014 as reported by the Department of Justice.
The week's identity crime news includes stories of potential threats from bank tellers, legislation passed in California to protect victims of identity theft, how Americans' use of the Internet has changed due to concerns about privacy and security, and a college student warning others about the risks of identity theft. Also in the news: a celebrity hacker admits to stealing at least one Social Security number, federal legislation designed to protect taxpayers from tax-refund fraud, and concerns about the overly burdened services in Australia that attempt to aid victims of identity theft.
This week's identity crime news covers the conviction of a man involved with 12,000 fraudulent federal income tax returns, how digital proof of car insurance can fight identity crime, a challenge to an identity theft court ruling by BMW, and a woman who used dating websites to find ID theft victims. Also in the news: a data breach at the Colorado Department of Transportation that could expose thousands of people to the risk of identity theft, an identity theft scheme that involved women wearing postal uniforms, and a pickpocket associated with an international identity theft ring.
This week's news covers gang members operating an identity theft ring, ID theft victims targeted in Washington State, the high percentage of Americans who expect to become victims of identity theft in the next year, a woman who used stolen credit information to get plastic surgery and dental care for others, and the increased targeting of military personnel for phone scams. Also in the news: the U.S. Social Security Administration exposing people to risk of identity fheft by sending complete SSNs through the mail and a mail carrier in New Jersey who intercepted federal tax refund checks and turned them over to an identity theft ring to the tune of $400,000.
The news for this week covers the theft of tax information from 14,000 parking company employees, the conviction of a man for skimming credit card data at gas stations, a guilty plea in an identity theft case involving Wells Fargo, and a stolen laptop that potentially exposed personal information of medical patients. Also in the news: a man who followed a UPS driver to get packages paid for with fake ID, a former case worker facing identity theft charges for stealing a client's card, and identity theft charges for attorneys allegedly inflating the number of complainants in a suit against BP in the Gulf Oil Spill of 2010.