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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

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