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

  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 …

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Study Finds Identity Theft Reached Record High 15.4 Million Victims in 2016

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The 2017 Identity Fraud Study released by Javelin Strategy & Research has revealed that the number of identity theft victims increased 16% to reach 15.4 million U.S. consumers in 2016 – the highest number since Javelin began tracking fraud in 2003 – and that the amount of …

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FTC Hosts Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week from January 30 to February 3

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will host Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week from January 30, 2017, to February 3, 2017, with a series of events using webinars and social media to alert consumers and businesses to ways they can minimize their risk of tax identity theft, …

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

  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 …

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

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 …

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BBB Offers Tips for College Students to Prevent Identity Theft

  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 …

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BBB Warns Political Donors to Watch Out for Campaign Donation Fraud

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Claiming that “scammers love to take advantage of major news events” – including the 2016 United States Presidential election – the Better Business Bureau (BBB) has issued a warning for political donors to watch out for campaign donation fraud.

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

  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 …

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IRS Offers Taxpayers Guide to Tax-Related Identity Theft

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 …

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

  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 …

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