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BBB Offers Tips to Avoid Identity Theft while Holiday Shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

With the arrival of the holiday season, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is offering a 2016 BBB Holiday Helper so consumers may avoid identity theft during Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving known as the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season, and Cyber Monday, the following Monday that is one of the busiest days for online shopping. Continue reading

DOJ Charges Dozens in Alleged Indian Call Center Scam Targeting U.S. Victims

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has unsealed an indictment charging 61 individuals and entities for their alleged involvement in an Indian call center scam that victimized tens of thousands of people in the United States resulting in the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars, according to a DOJ press release. Continue reading

BBB Offers Tips for College Students to Prevent Identity Theft

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

With millions of college students soon heading to campuses across the United States to attend school, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is offering seven tips that these young adults can use to help protect themselves from identity theft and other types of fraud while away on campus. Continue reading

NAPBS Executive Director Melissa Sorenson Explains How Removing Birthdate from Court Records May Have Unintended Consequences

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

With many courts considering the removal of identifiers such as date of birth (DOB) from public records to protect citizens from identity theft, Melissa Sorenson, Executive Director of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), has written a guest column for The Gazette entitled ‘Removing birthdate from Iowa court records could have unintended consequences’ that explains how doing this may negatively impact people seeking employment or housing. Continue reading

IRS Offers Taxpayers Guide to Tax-Related Identity Theft

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is offering a Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft so that taxpayers can take additional actions to combat tax-related identity theft that occurs when someone uses a stolen Social Security number (SSN) to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund. For more information about tax-related identity theft, please visit www.irs.gov/uac/Taxpayer-Guide-to-Identity-Theft. Continue reading

Company to Pay $3.1 Million for Illegally Offshoring Personal Data and Risking Privacy of Millions of Americans

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A New York-based company awarded a contract by the state to digitize files holding fingerprint records and personal information collected from 22 million people has agreed to pay $3.1 million in penalties and fees for unlawfully outsourcing and “offshoring” the work overseas to India and risking the privacy of millions of people, according to a report from The New York Times. Continue reading

Tips on Avoiding Identity Theft on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is offering consumers tips on avoiding identity theft and other scams on “Black Friday,” the Friday after Thanksgiving that officially kicks off the Holiday shopping season, and “Cyber Monday,” the following Monday that is one of the biggest days of the year for online sales. Continue reading

Identity Theft Victimized 17.6 Million People in 2014

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

An estimated 17.6 million people in the United States – or about 7 percent of U.S. residents age 16 or older – were victims of at least one incident of identity theft in 2014, according to the report Victims of Identity Theft, 2014 from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). Continue reading