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.Continue reading "BBB Warns Political Donors to Watch Out for Campaign Donation Fraud"
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 …Continue reading "NAPBS Executive Director Melissa Sorenson Explains How Removing Birthdate from Court Records May Have Unintended Consequences"
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 …Continue reading "IRS Offers Taxpayers Guide to Tax-Related Identity Theft"
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 …Continue reading "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 Debt collection, identity theft, and imposter scams were the most common categories of consumer complaints received by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in 2015, according to the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book for January – December 2015 (PDF).Continue reading "FTC Reveals Top Ten Consumer Complaints of 2015"
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 …Continue reading "Tips on Avoiding Identity Theft on Black Friday and Cyber Monday"
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 …Continue reading "Identity Theft Victimized 17.6 Million People in 2014"
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 …Continue reading "FTC Claims Identity Theft Protection Service Misled Consumers"
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 …Continue reading "IRS Warns Taxpayers about Phone Scams"
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 …Continue reading "Medical Identity Theft Increased in 2014"