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FTC Claims Identity Theft Protection Service Misled Consumers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is claiming that LifeLock, Inc. violated a 2010 settlement with the FTC by allegedly continuing to make deceptive claims about the company’s identity theft protection services and by failing to take steps required to protect the data of users, according to a press release on the FTC website. Continue reading

IRS Warns Taxpayers about Phone Scams

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

With the tax filing deadline of Wednesday, April 15, 2015 less than two weeks away, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is warning taxpayers not to be fooled by phone scams using fake names, bogus IRS badge numbers, and altered caller IDs to make it appear the IRS is calling and asking for money. These scam artists threaten police arrest, deportation, and license revocation among other threats over the phone. Continue reading

Medical Identity Theft Increased in 2014

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The 2014 Fifth Annual Study on Medical Identity Theft sponsored by the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance (MIFA) found that medical identity theft increased nearly 22 percent in the last year, with nearly half a million more victims in 2014 than in 2013. To obtain a copy of this study, which was conducted by the Ponemon Institute, please visit http://medidfraud.org/2014-fifth-annual-study-on-medical-identity-theft/. Continue reading

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Time for Identity Theft

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Two popular holiday shopping days – “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” – are also popular times for identity theft. A ‘Shop Safe on Back Friday and Cyber Monday’ infographic offers some tips for shoppers to use to protect against identity theft during the holidays. The infographic is available on the IdentityHawk.com website at http://www.identityhawk.com/cyber-monday-black-friday-shopping-identity-theft-infographic. Continue reading

Holiday Season Hiring Brings Increased Fraud Risk

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Thanksgiving week signals the official start of the holiday season. Along with turkey, football, presents, and good cheer, the holiday season brings an increase in seasonal hiring. However, fraud experts interviewed for an article posted on InsuranceJournal.com warn that businesses skipping their usual due diligence background checks when hiring to quickly add workers for the holiday season face an increased risk of fraud. The article is available at http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/11/18/347427.htm. Continue reading

Report Helps Build Fraud Resistant Organizations

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Just in time for International Fraud Awareness Week, which runs from November 16 to 22, a report from The Anti-Fraud Collaboration – ‘The Fraud-Resistant Organization: Tools, Traits, and Techniques to Deter and Detect Financial Reporting Fraud’ – provides information on how financial organizations can become less susceptible to fraud. The 56-page report is available at http://www.thecaq.org/docs/anti-fraud-collaboration-report/the-fraud-resistant-organization.pdf. Continue reading

International Fraud Awareness Week November 16 to 22

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Sponsored by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), International Fraud Awareness Week, which runs from November 16 to 22, 2014, is dedicated to fraud awareness, detection, and prevention and is a global effort to minimize the impact of fraud by promoting anti-fraud awareness and education. For more information about International Fraud Awareness Week – including Fraud Week resources, presentations, anti-fraud tools, and steps to combat fraud – please visit http://www.fraudweek.com/. Continue reading

IRS Investigates Tax Identity Theft and Refund Fraud

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ESR News BlogLess than a week away from the tax filing deadline on April 15, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced the IRS Criminal Investigation started 295 new identity theft investigations since this filing season began in January 2014, pushing the number of active identity theft cases to more than 1,800. An announcement about the investigations – part of a larger effort by the IRS to combat identity theft and refund fraud – is available at http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Intensifies-Work-on-Identity-Theft-and-Refund-Fraud;–Criminal-Investigation-Enforcement-Actions-Underway-Across-the-Nation. Continue reading

Identity Theft Tops Federal Trade Commission List of Consumer Complaints

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that identity theft has topped the list of national consumer complaints once again for 2013 and that U.S. consumers reported losing more than $1.6 billion to fraud overall. The FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Network (CSN) Data Book 2013 found that 290,056 of the more than two million complaints received – 14 percent – were identity theft related. The CSN report is available at http://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/reports/consumer-sentinel-network-data-book-january-december-2013/sentinel-cy2013.pdf. Continue reading

Identity Theft and Offshoring Emerging as Important Factors for Employers to Consider when Screening

Employers in the United States are coming under increased pressure to protect the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of job applicants due to increased media focus on identity theft and the “offshoring” of information gathered for background checks overseas beyond U.S. privacy laws. In 2014 employers may need to closely examine their processes in the area of protecting PII when it comes to background checks.  This is Trend Number Six of the 7th Annual Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) ‘Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2014. For more information about the trends, please visit http://www.esrcheck.com/ESR-Top-Ten-Background-Check-Trends. Continue reading