Identity theft victim or ringleader? What happened to this former Wells Fargo employee to cause her to be arrested for identity theft and could it happen to you?
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If you’ve been reading Identity Theft Secrets lately, you’ll remember the story of Christie Scalzo.
The woman who was falsely imprisoned and went through some real challenges because of someone stealing her Identity.
Christie’s friend found our post on IdentityTheftSecrets.com, and forwarded it to her, which eventually led to this interview with Christie Scalzo about her experience.
Continue reading Interview With An Identity Theft Victim: Christie Scalzo
I just read (skimmed) this article from the head of a company called MyBinding. While he offers some useful advice in his article, he implies that purchasing a paper shredder will protect you from Identity Theft.
Is it time to beat this dead horse again?
Here’s the deal.
Identity Theft is so easily committed because all of our information is so easily accessible, and also so easy to falsify. (The real issue is that our social security numbers are so valuable, and until we get that changed, Identity Theft will continue to be a problem.)
It’s not that shredding your stuff isn’t a good idea, but to suggest that having a paper shredder will somehow protect you is not only misleading, it’s just wrong.
(Aside: I’m not talking about corporations here. Corporations which have any personal information on customers or employees, and don’t have some sort of shredding plan in place, are just asking for trouble. It’s a lot of information collected in one place, which identity thieves thrive on. Why steal one identity and use it once when you can steal 10,000 identities and resell them over and over again? So companies, whether you’re small, medium, or large, you must put together a plan that encompasses not only shredding, but information security as well.)
On a personal level, however, the only studies I’ve ever seen that suggest that (personal, at-home) shredding reduces Identity Theft, were ultimately financed by people who own or are tied to companies that sell personal paper shredders.
Conflict of interest much?
So, shred if you want. It’s a good idea.
But realistically, it’s not going to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of Identity Theft very much, if at all.
Anyone who tells you otherwise is probably trying to sell you a paper shredder.
Continue reading Paper Shredders Will NOT Protect Your Identity
I will be talking more about this later, but companies, and business owners, need to be aware that they can held liable for compliance with laws that they may not even know exist.
This is something most business owners know (and some fear), but what you, as a business owner, may not know, is that you are required to be compliant with laws regarding your use, handling, and disposal of customer and employee information.
As this article snippet from Hometown News (kbtv4.tv) shows, an attorney general, or even individuals, can come after you for a variety of things if you don’t handle customer and employee information properly.
Continue reading CVS Cited By Texas Attorney General: Do You Own A Company?
So here’s something interesting to note.
A reporter for the Longmont Times Call (in Colorado), recently became a victim of credit fraud herself.
“As a crime reporter, I had written dozens of stories about identity theft and credit card fraud. I knew what to do. I called credit reporting agencies and told them about my stolen account number to protect my credit rating. I called the police. Then I got antsy. I started investigating the businesses where my money was spent. I soon found out it was going to be harder than making some phone calls and dressing down some careless store managers. The four businesses â€” Shoe Depot, Tina Fashion, Frank Collection and Photo Creation â€” where money from my account was spent are in Fontana, Calif., according to my bank statement. So I called the Fontana Police Department. I called the cityâ€™s chamber of commerce. I went on the Better Business Bureau Web site. But no one had ever heard of the stores, and the police couldnâ€™t find an address for them. I even left messages for people whose names are connected to two of the â€œbusinesses,â€ which I found on a public information Web site. No one called back. Luckily, my bank sorted out the mess and had money back in my account by 2:30 p.m.”
The article is written under the title of Identity Theft a bitter pill. Fortunately for the reporter, she was only a victim of credit fraud.
Continue reading Reporter who covers Identity Theft becomes victim herself
Here is a direct quote from a little web site (Sponsored by the IRS?) called Community Dispatch.
You Can Help Shut Down Phishing Schemes
The good news is that you can help shut down these schemes and prevent others from being victimized. If you receive a suspicious e-mail that claims to come from the IRS, you can relay that e-mail to a new IRS mailbox, email@example.com. Follow instructions in the link below for sending the bogus e-mail to ensure that it retains critical elements found in the original e-mail. The IRS can use the information, URLs and links in the suspicious e-mails you send to trace the hosting Web site and alert authorities to help shut down the fraudulent sites. Unfortunately, due to the expected volume, the IRS will not be able to acknowledge receipt or respond to you.
Continue reading Good News about Identity Theft from Community Dispatch