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  • Experian Lapse Allowed ID Theft Service Access to 200 Million Consumer Records

    03/13/2014 11:36:10 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 12 replies
    KrebsOnSecurity.com ^ | 03/10/2014 | Krebs
    In October 2013, KrebsOnSecurity published an exclusive story detailing how a Vietnamese man running an online identity theft service bought personal and financial records on Americans directly from a company owned by Experian, one of the three major U.S. credit bureaus. Today’s story looks deeper at the damage wrought in this colossal misstep by one of the nation’s largest data brokers. Last week, Hieu Minh Ngo, a 24-year-old Vietnamese national, pleaded guilty to running an identity theft service out of his home in Vietnam. Ngo was arrested last year in Guam by U.S. Secret Service agents after he was lured...
  • (50,000) Social security numbers printed on back of Banner Health magazine

    02/28/2014 10:50:31 AM PST · by aimhigh · 26 replies
    CBS5AZ.com ^ | 02/27/2014 | Greg Argos
    Banner Health says an internal error has caused 50,000 copies of its 'Smart and Healthy' magazine to be delivered with social security numbers printed above the recipient's address. "On the back of it, where the address is, is my name and my social security number for everybody to see." said Barbara Schaer, one of the 50,000 people throughout Maricopa and Pinal Counties that received the magazine. . . . The hospital system says all affected will received an apology letter in the mail which also includes one year of free credit monitoring services. Those letters will be mailed out in...
  • Yahoo email account passwords stolen

    01/30/2014 4:11:55 PM PST · by TsonicTsunami08 · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 1/30/2014 | Tom Vaughan via AP
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Yahoo said Thursday that usernames and passwords of its email customers have been stolen and used to access accounts, but the company isn't saying how many accounts have been affected.
  • Who’s Selling Credit Cards from Target?

    12/25/2013 12:26:51 PM PST · by Utilizer · 14 replies
    Krebs on Security ^ | 24 DEC 13 | Krebs
    The previous two posts on this blog have featured stories about banks buying back credit and debit card accounts stolen in the Target hack and that ended up for sale on rescator[dot]la, a popular underground store. Today’s post looks a bit closer at open-source information on a possible real-life identity for the proprietor of that online fraud shop. Rescator[dot]la is run by a miscreant who uses the nickname Rescator, and who is a top member of the Russian and English language crime forum Lampeduza[dot]la. He operates multiple online stores that sell stolen card data, including rescator[dot]la, kaddafi[dot]hk, octavian[dot]su and cheapdumps[dot]org....
  • Social Security manager pleads guilty to ID theft ( RI )

    10/18/2013 9:05:27 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Providence Journal ^ | Oct 18, 2013
    A former Social Security official has pleaded guilty to identity theft on accusations he used information from the federal agency's database and took more than $160,000 of a Coventry man's stock investments. ... Hurst, who was assistant district manager for the Social Security Administration in Warwick, used a Social Security database to find personal information such as a Social Security number and date of birth.
  • Obamacare as Big Brother

    08/15/2013 12:06:23 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 11 replies
    NRO ^ | Aug 14, 2013 | By Michael Tanner
    Think the NSA data collection on your phone calls and Internet use is scary? Well, here comes Obamacare. On October 1, the law’s insurance exchanges are scheduled to start open enrollment in all 50 states. In order to help people sign up for insurance and to determine which applicants are eligible for subsidies or Medicaid, the exchanges will need to collect both tax and health-care data for more than 7 million Americans. This means a new government bureaucracy will be in possession of these people’s financial, employment, and health information — everything from their income last year to the prescription...
  • Has the IRS Already Seized Your Medical Records?

    05/20/2013 12:14:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | May 20, 2013 | David Catron
    As gratifying as it was to see the “news” media actually do its job last week when the IRS scandal broke, it was also odd that the coverage focused exclusively on abuses of power relating to various Tea Party and anti-abortion groups. A much scarier IRS story has been virtually ignored by the establishment press. On Wednesday, it was reported that a class-action lawsuit had been filed against a group of IRS agents who, according to the complaint filed by “John Doe Company” in the Southern District of California, “stole more than 60,000,000 medical records of more than 10,000,000 Americans,...
  • Women trying to board flight arrested for identity theft

    05/05/2013 6:13:23 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 28 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 5, 2013 | Geoff Ziezulewicz
    A Las Vegas trip was cut short for four Chicago women Friday when they were arrested and charged with identity theft as they attempted to board their flight at O’Hare airport, according to Cook County prosecutors and court documents. The four women’s tickets were all purchased with a stolen Discover credit card, and they were each in possession of other fraudulent plastic, Assistant State’s Attorney Elizabeth Dibler said Sunday at Cook County bond court.
  • ID theft fuels ‘tsunami’ of tax fraud in South Florida

    10/21/2012 1:39:13 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 5 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | 10/20/12 | Jay Weaver
    Stealing IDs off the Internet has become easier than swiping candy from a convenience store. Consider the case of Rodney St. Fleur, who was recently charged with taking the names of 26,000 people from public databases, including prison inmates. He obtained their Social Security numbers through online LexisNexis research services at his employer’s law office in North Miami Beach, according to a search warrant. Authorities say some of St. Fleur’s information ended up in the hands of Frantz Pierre, a one-time North Miami gang member who was arrested at his seven-bedroom Parkland home last week. Pierre is accused of heading...
  • Triple Murder Suspect Among Dozens Arrested For Tax ID Theft [Florida Gangs]

    10/11/2012 5:08:41 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    CBS ^ | 10/10/12
    A 21-year-old man who’s charged with killing three people in Broward including a 2-month-old boy is facing new federal charges. U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench that Balizaire was one of 40 defendants charged with trying to bilk the federal government of millions of dollars through identity theft and filing false tax claims. “What we’re seeing is more and more gangs getting involved with such activity because it is lucrative, easy and less dangerous,” said Ferrer.
  • Judge May Block Pennsylvania Voter ID

    10/01/2012 11:51:57 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 11 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 30 Sep 2012 | John Semmens
    Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson says he is leaning toward blocking the use of voter ID for casting ballots in the upcoming election. “It’s a difficult issue,” Simpson observed. “On the one hand, we have a natural desire to ensure that only eligible voters cast ballots. On the other hand, no law is perfect and there is a chance that a legitimate voter could be disenfranchised.” Simpson said he will likely bar the ID requirement because, “I think it is better to let a thousand ineligible voters cast a ballot than to deny one legitimate voter his right to vote.”...
  • Michigan: Trucking school 'encouraged' illegal documentation

    08/16/2012 12:48:42 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 28 replies
    Landline magazine ^ | 8/15/2012 | Charlie Morasch
    Authorities in Michigan have shut down a Detroit truck driving school for encouraging students to apply for CDLs with fake documents. As of Wednesday, Aug. 15, Great Truckers Driving School can no longer provide driving instruction in Michigan. Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said in a press release she revoked the school’s certificate and fined it $34,000. The school was operated by Sukhjit Sandhu and Rajinder Sandhu. Johnson’s press release said the school provided students with fake lease agreements that listed addresses of vacant buildings or unknowing residents’ homes. Those fake leases were used by students to show they...
  • New Port Richey man had vast collection of fake IDs and uniforms, authorities say

    08/07/2012 2:24:01 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 18 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 8/7/12 | Erin Sullivan
    A stranger in a Coast Guard uniform introduced himself to New Port Richey police Chief James Steffens. It was a Memorial Day event at a cemetery. The man said he was Lt. Cmdr. Roy Antigua, and he sat next to the chief in a special section for officials. "Everybody around there thought that he was the real deal," Steffens said. But it turns out Antigua is a man of many identities and disguises, none of which appear to be real, authorities said. (SNIP) Antigua, 52, had a NASA uniform. U.S. Customs. The Navy. The CIA. Secret Service. Homeland Security. Dozens...
  • Illegal immigrant worked as airport security supervisor for TWENTY years...(Newark Liberty Int'l)

    05/14/2012 8:18:30 PM PDT · by kristinn · 28 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | Monday, May 14, 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Illegal immigrant worked as airport security supervisor for TWENTY years under the ID of a man murdered in 1992 Bimbo Olumuyiwa Oyewole was living as Jerry Thomas for about 20 years The real Jerry Thomas was reportedly murdered in Queens, New York, in 1992 Oyewole oversaw 30 security officers at Newark Liberty International Airport in his position as a supervisor Authorities say a longtime security supervisor at a New Jersey airport has been arrested on a charge he was using the identity of a New York City man who was murdered 20 years ago. Illegal immigrant Bimbo Olumuyiwa Oyewole, 54,...
  • More details: Breaking down the IHOP indictment (money laundering, illegal immigrants and more)

    05/24/2012 2:19:32 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 8 replies
    Toledo News Now ^ | 5/23/12 | Nick Bade
    The 65 page indictment unsealed Wednesday outlines a massive conspiracy to defraud employees, IHOP corporate, investors, the Internal Revenue Service and federal, state and local law enforcement. Background Prior to 2003, Tarek Elkafrawi owned and operated two IHOP franchises; one in Decatur, Illinois and the other in Evansville, Indiana. During his time in Decatur, the indictment alleges, Elkafrowi began a social friendship with Autumn Lee Tangas, an employee of IHOP Corporate in Decatur. Between 2003 and 2006 Elkafrawi purchased, either entirely or in partnership with other investors, 6 other IHOP franchises. Those stores are located in Toledo (2), Holland, Findlay,...
  • Someone is using my husband's Social Security Number (plz help us, vanity)

    04/16/2012 6:32:07 AM PDT · by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL · 56 replies
    About three weeks ago, my husband received a call from a woman verifying applications for food stamps in Palm Beach County, Florida. The lady on the phone, my husband and I quickly learned that someone in PBC had used my husband's ssn on an application requesting food stamps. My husband informed the lady that we have not lived in south FL since 2004, and that we've since been residing in Texas. She and my husband each thanked the other for the information, and she recommended we contact the Jupiter police department to file a report. Over the next few weeks,...
  • Anonymous members tricked into giving up bank details

    03/05/2012 8:29:12 AM PST · by Mechanicos · 2 replies
    New Scientist ^ | March 2, 2012 | Jacob Aron
    In January the group decided to hit the websites of the US Department of Justice and various media companies in response to the takedown of file storage site Megaupload, providing a guide on Pastebin for those who wished to take part in the attacks. Symantec says that an attacker appears to have copied that guide and inserted their own version of the Slowloris software containing a secret Trojan that downloaded a copy of Zeus, a piece of malware often used to take control of an infected computer.
  • Man faces nine felony charges for false recall petition signatures

    02/29/2012 10:16:43 AM PST · by bigbob · 19 replies
    Fox 6 News Milwaukee ^ | 2-28-12 | Katie DeLong
    A man accused of falsely writing in signatures on a petition to recall State Senator Van Wanggaard, including one from a deceased person, is facing nine felony charges. 59-year-old Mark Demet of Racine has been charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s office with two felony counts of election fraud/nomination certification and seven felony counts of misappropriating identifying information for financial gain. If convicted on all charges, Demet faces up to 42 years in prison, and fines up to $90,000. According to the criminal complaint, Demet admitted that he circulated the petition and signed the names of seven people on...
  • This is what Election Fraud Looks like!! (evidence of WI recall fraud)

    02/01/2012 9:20:11 PM PST · by bigbob · 19 replies
    Citizens for Responsible Government of Racine ^ | 2-1-12 | Ken "Downtown" Brown
    Election Fraud it's all in the family! I took the time to take a cursory glance at the 700 pages of Alpha sorted names from the Wangaard recall, http://www.vanwanggaard.com/ click Alpha list I was just looking for my own name and that of a few folks I expected to find, and to see if others who shouldn't be listed were on the list. Sure enough I had only to get to the "D's"..and I found my friend Jeff is reported to have signed the Recall.......4 Times!!! I know my friend Jeff wouldn't have signed this recall..and I spoke with him...
  • Flight attendant charged with identity fraud

    06/18/2011 8:50:15 PM PDT · by txroadkill · 11 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 6/18/2011 | staff
    A bond of $1 million was set in court this morning for an American Eagle flight attendant accused of stealing another man's identity to fly around the world. Jophan Porter, 38, was charged with six counts of identity fraud Friday and is currently in Miami-Dade County jail. He also faces multiple counts of possessing stolen or fraudulent identification and forgery. Porter assumed the identity of Anthony Frair, who lives in New York and claims not to know the man, authorities claim. Authorities said Porter is from Guyana and is in the country illegally.
  • US District Judge ruling undermines enforcement of ID theft in Maricopa County, AZ.

    04/25/2011 7:15:00 PM PDT · by machogirl · 4 replies
    Arizona Central | April 25, 2011 | JJHensley
    Link only as per rules.
  • Alaska Police Officer Is Accused of Stealing Identity

    04/24/2011 8:07:17 AM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | 04/23/2011 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    ANCHORAGE (AP) — For years, the man known as Rafael Espinoza was widely respected as an exemplary police officer popular among his peers here. All that ended last week when the authorities accused him of actually being Rafael Mora-Lopez, a Mexican citizen who stole another man’s identity and was in the United States illegally. “His reputation here is one of a hard-working officer, one who was very professional,” Chief Mark Mew of the Anchorage police said Friday in announcing Mr. Mora-Lopez’s arrest. “The problem, obviously, is he is not Rafael Espinoza.” posted using frpa
  • Washington Times Ad: Whose Social Security Number is Barack Hussein Soetoro Obama Using?

    04/11/2011 2:18:17 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 54 replies
    Obama Release Your Records ^ | A | obama Release Your Records
    - For Immediate Release -- 11 April 2011 -Whose Social Security Number is President Barack Hussein Soetoro Obama Using? Wash Times National Weekly - 11 Apr 2011 - pg 5 - here, Ad also embedded at end of this post. Federal lawsuit* accuses putative President Obama is fraudulently using a Social Security Number which is legally not his and which was issued only to residents of the State of Connecticut, a state where Obama never legally resided and certainly not during the time frame of circa 1977 when that SSN was issued! 042-XX-XXXX* This Social Security Number is reserved for...
  • Online Security Report: Phish Fly, Fraud Costs More

    02/08/2011 4:10:53 PM PST · by Slyscribe
    IBD's Click ^ | 2/8/2011 | Donna Howell
    A pair of threat reports out Tuesday show changing fraud trends. Phishing, where people are fooled into entering account numbers and passwords at faked sites, continued to rank among several kinds of prevalent threats, in security firm McAfee’s (MFE) Q4 trends report. The company says phishing URLs in the form of the IRS, gift cards, reward accounts and social networking accounts were among the most popular.
  • Jailing Illegal Aliens For ID Theft A “Travesty,” Judge Says

    02/07/2011 1:17:59 PM PST · by La Lydia · 80 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 7, 2011
    Sending dozens of illegal immigrants to jail for using stolen identities to work is a “travesty,” according to the Clinton-appointed federal judge who reluctantly approved the plea agreements of Mexican and Guatemalan employees arrested during a raid at an Iowa meatpacking plant. The 2008 case received national media coverage because hundreds of suspected illegal aliens were apprehended during a massive federal raid at the nation’s largest kosher meatpacking plant, Agriprocessing Co. Many used fake identities and stolen Social Security numbers to work at the facility in the northeast Iowa community of Postville and dozens were criminally charged. Now the judge...
  • 38 DEFENDANTS INDICTED IN MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR FRAUD

    07/11/2010 2:43:05 PM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies · 3+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.justice.gov/usao/mow/news2010/harrison.ind.htm JULY 9, 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BLACK MARKET TRAVEL AGENTS 38 DEFENDANTS INDICTED IN MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR FRAUD LOCAL INVESTIGATION EXPOSES NATIONWIDE NETWORK THAT USED STOLEN IDENTITIES, CREDIT CARDS TO PURCHASE AIRLINE TICKETS KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that 38 defendants from across the United States have been charged in a series of indictments that allege an extensive network of black market travel agents who used the stolen identities of thousands of victims as part of a multi-million dollar fraud scheme...
  • This Day in History;President Jimmy Carter reinstates draft registration for males 18 years of age.

    07/02/2010 2:55:42 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 6 replies · 1+ views
    The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration ^ | 7/2/10 | IMMY CARTER, President of the United State
    Proclamation 4771--Registration Under the Military Selective Service ActSource: The provisions of Proclamation 4771 of July 2, 1980, appear at 45 FR 45247, 3 CFR, 1980 Comp., p. 82, unless otherwise noted.Section 3 of the Military Selective Service Act, as amended (50 U.S.C. App. 453), provides that male citizens of the United States and other male persons residing in the United States who are between the ages of 18 and 26, except those exempted by Sections 3 and 6(a) of the Military Selective Service Act, must present themselves for registration at such time or times and place or places, and in...
  • Jose Matos, sought by ICE, charged with child rape

    06/26/2010 3:44:20 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 17 replies
    The Martha's Vineyard Times (MA) ^ | 6/24/10 | Steve Myrick
    An investigation by Tisbury Police into the alleged sexual assault of a child has resulted in the arrest of a Tisbury man sought for deportation by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), according to court records. Jose Matos, also known as Wilson Matos, of Tisbury was arraigned Friday on three sexual assault charges in Edgartown District Court. Mr. Matos was charged with rape of a child by force, indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, and assault and battery. The court entered not-guilty pleas for the 49-year old native of Brazil.
  • Google hides Obama's Social Security Number story

    05/13/2010 1:45:23 AM PDT · by chuck_the_tv_out · 59 replies · 3,296+ views
    WND ^ | 12 May 2010 | Staff
    Internet giant Google today was hushing up the new dispute over President Obama's strange Social Security number by diverting searches for news reports on the issue to unrelated stories about Elena Kagan, oil, Tampa and the Federal Reserve. The actual story, posted on WND.com, explained how two private investigators – working independently – are asking why Obama is using a Social Security number set aside for applicants in Connecticut while there is no record he ever had a mailing address in the state. Under a Google news search for "President Obama Social Security number," the top four results all quoted,...
  • Officials Warn of 'Phishing' Scams Targeting Troops

    05/11/2010 6:33:58 PM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies · 236+ views
    DEFENSE.gov (AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE) ^ | May 10, 2010 | By Lisa Daniel
    Note: The following text is a quote: Officials Warn of ‘Phishing’ Scams Targeting Troops By Lisa Daniel American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, May 10, 2010 – U.S. Strategic Command officials are urging renewed vigilance against Internet-based identity theft after detecting a widespread “phishing” expedition against servicemembers. Phishing is a term used to describe deceiving people into divulging personal information such as passwords or account numbers over the Internet. Beginning as early as May 2009 and lasting as late as March 2010, numerous fraudulent e-mails were sent to financial customers of USAA and Navy Federal Credit Union, Stratcom officials said in...
  • Missing pregnant woman found safe - in Aurora jail ( illegal with anchor ready to go )

    04/11/2010 9:03:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies · 949+ views
    KDVR Denver ^ | April 10, 2010 | Tammy Vigil
    For two nights, Sergio Campos-Cabrerra went to bed wondering if his wife, Delmi Vasconselo-Monterrosa was alive or dead. For two nights, he heard nothing. Then, Saturday afternoon, he got the news he'd been praying for...his wife was safe--behind bars. A detention officer at the Aurora City Jail saw her picture on our newscast and told police... She's facing a charge of criminal impersonation, a felony. Police say she got caught shoplifting at an unidentified K-mart store on Colfax. But she apparently made the situation worse by giving police a false name. Now, instead of worrying about her and the baby's...
  • Four Muslims Discharged Over Fort Jackson Threats, Probe Continues

    03/01/2010 11:42:29 AM PST · by Dinah Lord · 42 replies · 1,168+ views
    The Jawa Report ^ | March 1, 2010 | Rusty "Asadullah Alshishani"
    If there was nothing to the allegations, then why were four of the five Muslim soldiers discharged? It seems to me that the earliest reports were wrong that the five Muslims were plotting to poison Fort Jackson's food supply. But later reports that there were nothing to the allegations were also clarified when we learned that the investigation was not into a plot but over comments about poisoning the food.
  • Patient ID Theft Rises

    11/29/2009 11:09:52 AM PST · by george76 · 7 replies · 562+ views
    wsj ^ | NOVEMBER 29, 2009 | JILIAN MINCER
    Medical identity theft is on the rise and expected to worsen. The problem has grown during the recession as more uninsured people use the coverage of a friend, relative or even a stranger to get care. Of particular concern is the fact that most of the fraud is committed by people who pay medical workers for patients' information. In one case, a front-desk clerk at a medical clinic in Weston, Fla., downloaded the personal information of more than 1,100 Medicare patients and gave it to a cousin, who made $2.8 million in false Medicare claims.
  • One Hundred Phishers Charged In Largest Cybercrime Case

    10/07/2009 4:19:37 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 13 replies · 1,220+ views
    informationweek ^ | October 7, 2009 | Thomas Claburn
    The FBI on Wednesday announced that it had charged 53 defendants, the largest number ever charged in a cybercrime case, following a multinational investigation into a phishing scheme that operated in the United States and Egypt. Thirty-three of the 53 defendants named in the indictment have been arrested, the FBI said, and several others are being sought. The investigation, dubbed "Operation Phish Phry," began in 2007. Authorities in Egypt have charged 47 defendants linked to the phishing operation. Phishing is a form of social engineering that attempts to convince Internet users, via e-mail or other means, to provide online credentials...
  • Girl Poses As 71-Year-Old To Save On Tuition

    09/05/2009 1:00:37 PM PDT · by Wardenclyffe · 19 replies · 1,103+ views
    wsbtv ^ | September 3, 2009 | Staff
    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Police said a Florida Atlantic University student posed as an elderly woman to save on tuition. FAU police have filed criminal charges against former student Patricia Brandao. Police said she used the used the Social Security number of a 71-year-old woman. Brandao graduated three years ago, but school officials discovered the alleged ID theft when Brandao requested that her Social Security number be changed on transcripts sent to two medical schools.
  • Tax records identify illegals

    05/31/2009 6:50:27 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 80 replies · 2,589+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 5/31/09 | Ivan Moreno
    A prosecutor looking for illegal immigrants seized thousands of confidential tax records from an income tax preparer popular with Hispanics in this northern Colorado city. The October seizures led to identity-theft and criminal-impersonation charges against more than 70 people, and prosecutors allege that as many as 1,300 suspected illegal immigrants were working using false or stolen Social Security numbers. But the American Civil Liberties Union said the documents of as many as 4,900 people were seized, many of them legal residents, and that the probe was the "equivalent of a house-by-house search of innocent homeowners in order to find a...
  • Massive ID fraud and cheque scam busted in NYC

    05/29/2009 9:28:49 AM PDT · by Gomez · 5 replies · 525+ views
    A corporate identity theft ring that exploited the identities of local corporations, religious institutions, hospitals and even schools to run a cheque fraud scam has been busted in New York. Investigators reckon the gang of 18 suspects made millions by impersonating workers from an estimated 350 New York-based organisations. Data purchased from corrupt bank insiders was used to lay the groundwork for the scam, which relied on cashing thousands of counterfeit payroll cheques. The fraudsters also plundered the bank accounts of individual victims, using data obtained from corrupt bank insiders to transfer funds to banks under the control of the...
  • Advice On How To Avoid Identity Theft

    04/18/2009 1:37:50 PM PDT · by alice_in_bubbaland · 22 replies · 1,349+ views
    Email | Unkown | Unkown
    ATTORNEY's ADVICE - NO CHARGE Not A Joke!! If you dislike attorneys..... You will love them for these tips. Read this and make a copy for your files in case you need to refer to it someday. Maybe we should all take some of his advice! A corporate attorney sent the following out to the employees in his company. 1. Do not sign the back of your credit cards . Instead, put ' PHOTO ID REQUIRED .' 2. When you are writing checks to pay on your credit card accounts, DO NOT put the complete account number on the 'For'...
  • Justices sympathetic to immigrant in ID theft case (How could this be?)

    WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court appeared poised Wednesday to rule that undocumented immigrants who use phony Social Security numbers to get work should not be considered identity thieves, even if those numbers belong to real people.
  • Bishop's pastoral letter hits home for parish employee (Church helps, hires illegal alien ID thief)

    02/23/2009 11:20:21 AM PST · by pulaskibush · 27 replies · 1,060+ views
    Arkansas Catholic ^ | 022009 | Marilyn Lanford
    Bishop's pastoral letter hits home for parish employee By Marilyn Lanford Rogers Correspondent ROGERS -- In November, Bishop Anthony B. Taylor released his first pastoral letter to Catholics in the Diocese of Little Rock called, "I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me: A Pastoral Letter on the Human Rights of Immigrants." In the weeks that followed, staff members at St. Vincent de Paul Church gathered to meet and discuss the pastoral letter. It was at the end of one of the meetings that staff members were asked if they had any experiences related to immigration. A slender, dark-haired young...
  • Keyboard sniffers to steal data

    10/27/2008 10:30:24 AM PDT · by BGHater · 14 replies · 657+ views
    BBC ^ | 21 Oct 2008 | BBC
    Computer criminals could soon be eavesdropping on what you type by analysing the electromagnetic signals produced by every key press. By analysing the signals produced by keystrokes, Swiss researchers have reproduced what a target typed. The security researchers have developed four attacks that work on a wide variety of computer keyboards. The results led the researchers to declare keyboards were "not safe to transmit sensitive information". Better attacks The attacks were dreamed up by doctoral students Martin Vuagnoux and Sylvain Pasini from the Security and Cryptography Laboratory at the Swiss Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL). The EPFL students tested...
  • Man being held on ID theft charge-AKA Undocumented illegal with documents

    10/09/2008 5:09:36 PM PDT · by HollyButler · 6 replies · 379+ views
    Nashua Telegraph ^ | October 9, 2008 | DEAN SHALHOUP-KAREN LOVETT
    A 22-year-old man who was arrested for identity fraud Tuesday is being held by federal immigration officials after he was identified as being in the United States illegally, police said Wednesday. Juan Antonio Arias Guevara, who has a local address of 2 Lions Ave., Apt. 28, was arrested without incident around noontime Tuesday at Heiland Electronics on Industrial Drive, where police said he was working under a different name and Social Security number. After a brief investigation, police said, officers discovered Guevara was in the country illegally, a charge being handled by Immigration Customs Enforcement officials.
  • RING ACTED A-LOAN TO ROB $200M (Ruski predators $200M subprime mtge fraud--they steal, we pay)

    10/04/2008 5:00:20 AM PDT · by Liz · 40 replies · 1,750+ views
    NY POST ^ | 10/4/08 | BRUCE GOLDING
    .....a brazen family of fraudsters took advantage of sloppy subprime mortgage lenders to pull off a mindblowing scheme reeling in more than $200M - a devastating hit that contributed to the nation's financial crisis. Garri Zhigun was part of a Russian fraud ring using false documents, stolen ID's and "straw" buyers for over 1,000 subprime mortgages 2004-06. The 27-member gang worked out of a Brooklyn mortgage brokerage owned by Zhigun's mother........targets included fallen lenders Washington Mutual Bank, conned out of $842,500, Countrywide taken for $396,000.......and preyed on other banks and mortgage companies. Zhigun and accomplice Aleksander "Shorty" Lipkin bought condos...
  • IDENTITY THEFT: JAMES WOODS PROVES CRIME DOES NOT PAY

    08/28/2008 11:45:17 PM PDT · by peggybac · 58 replies · 449+ views
    Janet Charlton's Hollywood ^ | 8/28/08 | Janet Charlton
    James Woods, who played an LA prosecutor on Shark, has set a great example for dealing with identity theft. Woods told Michael Glynn at The Enquirer that he was horrified to learn that someone had charged thousands of dollars on his credit card. The crook had bought a computer and purchased two VIP tickets to the recent Dave Matthews concert at the Staples Center in LA for $3,700. The fraudulent charges were deducted from his bill, but James was determined to find the guilty party. He called the Staples center and cleverly told them he hadn't received his tickets yet...
  • UK: Personal data of a million bank customers found on computer sold on eBay for £35

    08/26/2008 3:25:17 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 288+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 08/26/08 | Dan Newling
    Personal data of a million bank customers found on computer sold on eBay for ?35 By Dan Newling Last updated at 11:03 AM on 26th August 2008 Personal details of more than a million bank customers have been found on a computer sold on eBay. Highly sensitive information on American Express, NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland customers was stored on the machine's hard drive. It includes names, addresses, mobile phone numbers, bank account numbers, sort codes, credit card numbers, mothers' maiden names and even signatures. 'A thief's treasure chest': Andrew Chapman with the hard disk drive he bought on...
  • Same Shirt, Different Heist (Ukrainians stole $800,000 from ATMs)

    08/16/2008 10:54:33 AM PDT · by dennisw · 15 replies · 233+ views
    americanbanker. ^ | August 2008 | Rebecca Sausner
    Not exactly criminal masterminds, but the three Ukrainian nationals busted for stealing PINs and debits, creating false cards, and pocketing the cash did have a pretty good run. And reading the legal documents on the case in the U.S. Eastern District Court offers a handful of lessons about ATM fraud and pre-paid card fraud—including the value of rotating your wardrobe. First, some of the facts in the case: three Ukrainians are charged with using fraudulent debit cards they used to withdraw hundreds of thousands of dollars from Citibank, WaMu and other bank ATMs in New York City. The thefts appear...
  • 'Fakeproof' e-passport is cloned in minutes

    08/07/2008 5:23:55 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 7 replies · 123+ views
    Times Online ^ | August 6, 2008 | Steve Boggan
    New microchipped passports designed to be foolproof against identity theft can be cloned and manipulated in minutes and accepted as genuine by the computer software recommended for use at international airports. Tests for The Times exposed security flaws in the microchips introduced to protect against terrorism and organised crime. The flaws also undermine claims that 3,000 blank passports stolen last week were worthless because they could not be forged. In the tests, a computer researcher cloned the chips on two British passports and implanted digital images of Osama bin Laden and a suicide bomber. The altered chips were then passed...
  • Justice: Hackers steal 40 million credit card numbers

    08/05/2008 4:48:54 PM PDT · by F15Eagle · 33 replies · 286+ views
    CNN.Com ^ | 8/5/2008 | CNN
    (CNN) -- Eleven people were indicted Tuesday for allegedly stealing more than 40 million credit and debit card numbers, federal authorities said. The indictments, which alleged that at least nine major U.S. retailers were hacked, were unsealed Tuesday in Boston, Massachusetts, and San Diego, California, prosecutors said. It is believed to be the largest hacking case that the Justice Department has ever tried to prosecute. Three of the defendants are from the United States; three are from Estonia; three are from Ukraine, two are from China and one is from Belarus. The remaining individual is known only by an alias...
  • Virginia GOP Chairman calls for criminal investigation into voter fraud activities

    07/29/2008 7:18:37 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 32 replies · 140+ views
    RPV press release
    Virginia GOP Chairman calls for criminal investigation into mounting evidence of coordinated voter fraud activities 7/28/2008 11:05:00 AM FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Richmond, Virginia (July 28, 2008) – Delegate Jeff Frederick, Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, this morning called on Governor Kaine and Attorney General McDonnell to open a thorough and rigorous investigation into what appears to be coordinated and widespread voter fraud activities occurring throughout Virginia. Frederick’s request is in response to a report last week of three individuals in Hampton, Virginia being arrested and charged with voter registration fraud, a Class 5 Felony, as well as reports...
  • Spitzer hooker sued for ID theft (Ashley Dupre posed as Amber Apraio)

    07/18/2008 7:02:20 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies · 214+ views
    Spitzer hooker sued for ID theftPublication date: 18 July 2008 A New Jersey woman alleged in a lawsuit that the woman accused of being a prostitute who allegedly catered to New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer stole her identity. Ashley Dupre was accused of using a driver's license bearing the name of Amber Apraio in order to get herself into a Girls Gone Wild video that was widely circulated on the Internet after the Spitzer prostitution scandal broke. The Star-Ledger newspaper of Newark, N.J., said Dupre was underage at the time the video was produced several years ago. Arpaio, a resident...