Tagged: identity theft

Identity Theft: Myth vs Fact

The call center at the Identity Theft Resource Center is a busy place.

Our small group of Victim Advisors handle calls from all over the United States, dealing with everything from email account takeovers to medical identity theft and everything in between.

That being said, the same misconceptions come up again and again. We thought it would be a great idea to dispel some of these myths surrounding the issue of identity theft and replace them with the facts.

Miami Man, Charged in $12 Million Identity-Theft Tax Scam, Rides the High Life with Porsche, Jaguar, and More

A 40-year-old Miami man has been arrested for allegedly filing fraudulent income-tax refund checks worth over $12 million. Turns out he’s not the only criminal doing this sort of crime in Florida, as the FTC just released that the Sunshine State tops the nation in identity-theft complaints and tax-related fraud!

Click to find out what the Miami man has been purchasing with the stolen funds (hint: it rhymes with Maddilac, Haguar, and Torshe).

FTC’s New Security Videos Admit Free WiFi Attracts Hackers

The Federal Trade Commission has some “new” information about how to protect your personal information online.

We say “new” in quotes because, well, the security tips aren’t so new to anyone who is aware of encryption and virtual private networks like Private WiFi.

Click to find out more about the four newly released videos from the FTC.

Identity Thief Sticks AT&T, T-Mobile with $8 Million Bill

A man has been arrested in New York for allegedly participating in an international telecommunications fraud scheme that used more than 1,000 stolen identities to activate fraudulent mobile phone accounts. He then made telephone calls to fraudulent overseas numbers that charged a premium connection fee.

Click to find out why the “dialing for dollars” scheme could land him in prison for 20 years!


IRS Battling Identity Theft in 2013

Identity theft related tax fraud remains a significant problem, despite the IRS preventing an alarming $20 billion of fraudulent refunds in 2012. This is a large increase in protection of refunds, $6 billion more than in 2011.

Click to find out more about what the IRS is doing for both fraud prevention and victim assistance.


Today.com: Identity Theft Not As Funny As in the Movies

Last week we reviewed the new Identity Thief movie and shared a trailer of the hilarious hijinks between Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman. Not surprisingly, the subject of identity theft is getting a lot of mainstream coverage these days. In fact, the Today show’s website recently ran an article suggesting that identity theft is not as funny as in the movies.

Click to learn more about how Hollywood publicizing such a crime is forcing people to talk about an issue that is often misunderstood at best, ignored at worst. Plus, we share great security tips from our good friends at the Identity Theft Resource Council!


‘Identity Thief’ Movie Official Trailer: Prepare to Laugh

Funnywoman Melissa McCarthy, hilarious Jason Bateman, and a movie focused on raising awareness of identity theft? Bring on the popcorn!

The Identity Thief comedy, which premieres February 8, will hopefully raise awareness in a comical way. Click below to check out the trailer and prepare to laugh!

Understanding Why the IRS Issues ‘PIN Numbers’ to Tax-Fraud Victims

It’s Tax Season 2013 but are you taking all necessary steps to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft? Sadly, millions of Americans have already become victims of tax-related fraud and will now need to use a special PIN when filing their returns. Yet another “hurdle” for victims to have to jump through or a benefit for victims?

Also worth listening to is an IRS-produced podcast entitled “Are You a Victim of Identity Theft?” that’s included in this article.


Connecting to WiFi with a Little Help from Your Facebook Friends and a Lot of Access for Your Enemies

If you’re one of the millions of Wifi users constantly looking for new ways to connect, a new free app called Instabridge might sound like just the ticket. The company promises to build the world’s largest Wifi network by letting users connect to their friends’ Wifi via Facebook.

But what would that mean for your wireless security and your privacy? We don’t think you’ll like the answer.


2013 Online Security Tips: New Year’s Resolutions to Protect Against Identity Theft

It is nearing the end of 2012 and it if you haven’t made your new year’s resolution by now, you better get started. This year was a big year for identity theft. From data breaches to new technology, identity thieves were quite active and show no signs of slowing down in 2013. So why not make your new year’s resolution about protecting yourself from identity theft?

Read on for some great examples of resolutions you can make to make sure your 2013 isn’t marred by a nasty case of identity theft.