Tag Archives: identity theft

Better Business Bureau Offers 2017 BBB Holiday Guide to Help Consumers Shop Smart During Holidays

2017-BBB-Holiday-Guide

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

With the 2017 holiday season here, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is helping consumers and donors shop smart and give wisely with a 2017 BBB Holiday Guide that offers information for a happy and safe holiday shopping season. The guide is on the BBB website at www.bbb.org/council/holiday-helper/. Continue reading

Two Out of Three U.S. Adults Worry about Hackers Stealing Personal Information and Identity Theft

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Two-thirds of adults in the United States worry about becoming victims of cybercrime with 67 percent worrying at least occasionally about computer hackers stealing their personal information and 66 percent worrying at least occasionally about identity theft, according to the Gallup Annual Crime Poll. Continue reading

Woman Who Used Resume Fraud to Work in Hospital Shows Importance of Education and Employment Verifications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A woman who admitted in court that she lied about her credentials and experience on her resume to work as a nurse at a St. Louis, Missouri hospital for months and teach nursing at a New Mexico college shows the importance of education and employment verifications when background screening job applicants. Continue reading

Forensic Investigation of Equifax Data Breach Reveals 2.5 Million More Americans May Be Impacted

Data-Breach

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Credit reporting agency Equifax Inc. has announced that a forensic investigation of the massive data breach incident first disclosed on September 7, 2017, that impacted approximately 143 million Americans – almost half of the country –  revealed the impact may potentially reach 2.5 million more Americans. Continue reading

FREE Act Would Give Consumers Control Over Credit Information in Wake of Equifax Data Breach

Data-Breach

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On September 15, 2017, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced the Freedom from Equifax Exploitation (FREE) Act to give consumers control over their credit information in the wake of the massive Equifax data breach that compromised the personal data of as many as 143 million Americans, according a press release on Senator Warren’s website. Continue reading

Massive Equifax Data Breach Should Not Affect Credit Reports Ordered by Employers for Background Checks

Data-Breach

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employers concerned about credit reports used for background checks being affected by the massive Equifax data breach that compromised the personal information of roughly 143 million Americans — almost half the country – “can breathe somewhat easier knowing their employees won’t be affected,” according to the Bloomberg BNA article ‘Should Equifax Data Breach Worry Employers?’ Continue reading

Statistics Show Data Breaches Increasing at Record Pace in United States

MaskedManLaptop

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Statistics released by the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and CyberScout reveal the number of data breaches in the U.S. tracked through June 30, 2017 hit a half-year record high of 791, according to an ITRC press release. At this pace, ITRC anticipates the number of data breaches could reach 1,500 in 2017, a 37 percent increase over 2016, when data breaches reached an all-time record high of 1,093. Continue reading

FTC Announces Final Agenda for Identity Theft Conference on May 24

identitytheftconference_logo_150px

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced the final agenda for the conference “Identity Theft – Planning for the Future” taking place on May 24, 2017, in Washington, D.C., to examine the state of identity theft now and how the crime may evolve in the future, according to an FTC press release. Continue reading

IRS Offers Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft for 2017

irs-logo

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

With the deadline for filing taxes nearing – Tuesday, April 18, 2017, because the usual Tax Day of April 15 falls on a weekend – the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is offering a Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft to help taxpayers 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. Continue reading

California FTB Warns Businesses and Individuals about Tax Identity Theft and Refund Fraud Scams

 ScrabbleTheftFraud

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) has issued a warning to businesses and individuals that tax identity theft and refund fraud schemes where criminals steal an employee’s information and file a fraudulent tax return to claim and redirect a taxpayer’s refund are off to a fast start this filing season. Continue reading