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Attorney General DeWine Launches New Program to Help Identity-Theft Victims

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced a new statewide program designed to help victims of identity theft repair damage to their credit reports and rectify other problems associated with identity theft. “The effects of identity theft can linger for years, causing serious problems for the victim,” Attorney General DeWine said. “We’ve created this program to help individuals resolve the ... Read More »

    My Mum Took Credit Cards Out in My Name When I Was in Prison in the UK. – Bridget

    “Dear Jon, I come from a difficult background and my mum is the person who took various cards out in my name, while i was in prison! She says it’s because she was struggling with her five year old son and was struggling to make her way up to see me on prison visits etc! Which I don’t find good ... Read More »

      Scammers Stealing Credit Reports Using Stolen Credit Cards and Debit Cards

      It seems crooks today are becoming more productivity conscious and leveraging one stolen credit or debit card into an entirely new enterprise. Scammers are targeting the motherlode of information, your credit report. By purchasing your credit report online scammers are getting access to a comprehensive report about all of your current and past credit activity. Using that information they could ... Read More »

        Identity Theft Fraud Victims, Here’s Everything You Ever Need to Know to Fix the Mess

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        If you are the victim of identity theft the last thing you want to worry about is what to do next. Thanks to the kind folks at the FTC here is a comprehensive guide on what to do if you discover you are a victim of identity theft. This step-by-step guide will make it extremely easy for you to take ... Read More »

          Tax Scammers Target Military Members for Identity Theft

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          Spread the word, scammers are targeting military members with new scam using .mil email addresses. The IRS is reporting taxpayers should be on the lookout for a new, email-based phishing scam now circulating that targets Department of Defense military members, retirees and civilian employees. The email appears to come from Defense Finance and Accounting Services and displays a .mil email ... Read More »

            Talk Credit Radio Interview With Gerri Detweiler

            Here is the recent interview I did with Gerri Detweiler on Talk Credit Radio. Listen to Talk Credit Radio Interview With Steve Rhode I had the pleasure recently to talk with Gerri Detweiler about a wide range of debt related issues and scams. We start out talking about identity theft, fake debt collectors, and then move into a wide range ... Read More »

              4 Simple Steps to Protect Your Credit from Identity Theft

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              Identity theft is on the rise, according to the FTC, and it’s a crime that is getting more expensive than ever for American consumers. Last year it cost us $1.52 billion, up from $1.4 million in 2010. The median amount paid out per claim was $537. And that’s just the cost of reported crimes. While identity theft can involve different ... Read More »

                Tax Refund Check Cashing Scheme Hits Southern Florida

                As tax season rolls around it’s no surprise to see tax refund check cashing schemes arising in the news. Announced Monday was the filing of a criminal Information charging defendants Wilson Lau, and his wife, Kate Yuee Lau, for their participation in a check cashing scheme involving more than $5 million in fraudulently obtained tax refund checks and tax refund ... Read More »

                  Elaborate Scheme Leaves 180 With Over $1 Million In Fraudulent Purchases

                  Charges were announced last Thursday against seven members of an identity theft ring that allegedly used stolen identities of more than 180 people at major New York City retail stores including Home Depot, Sears, Kmart and Kohl’s, among others. The ring of fraudsters resold merchandise and gift cards for a profit after purchasing them under account holders names fraudulently. Allegedly, ... Read More »

                    Friday The 13th: Unlucky For Fraudsters, Lucky For Potential Victims

                    Those that are superstitious often view Friday the 13th as an unlucky day. This past friday, January 13th, members of an identity theft ring received some unlucky news when they were sentenced to prison. Contrary to superstition, this was a very lucky day for future victims that could have fallen into their web of lies and deceit. Two men, Richard ... Read More »

                      My Parents Stole My SSN When I Was a Kid. Now I Have Bad Credit. – Sophia

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                      My parents used my name and SSN number when getting cable and some other things. They have balances that have not been paid. I am only 19 and they did it when I was 14. Now my credit score is poor. How can I resolve this to fix my credit score. How do I fix the credit my parents ruined? ... Read More »

                        Woman Sentenced For Stealing Identities Of Student Loan Borrowers

                        Janika Fernae Bates, a resident of Alabama, was sentenced today in the Middle District of Alabama to 94 months in federal prison for stealing identities of student loan borrowers and providing them to a co-conspirator, who used them to file false tax returns, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced. On Sept. 23, 2011, a jury in Montgomery, ... Read More »

                          Im being scammed by a friend! – Gash

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                          I believe a friend of mine has become my identity theft, but i cannot prove it. That is why i want to drive down to atlanta GA. and get a copy of my credit report, and is there somewhere i can take my computer and find out if its been tampered with and how i can secure it from future ... Read More »

                            East Coast Credit Card Fraud Ringleader Gets 12 Years In Prison

                            An identity thief was sentenced earlier this month to 12 years in prison for managing and east coast credit card fraud ring. Jonathan Oliveras, used counterfeit credit cards encoded with stolen account information up and down the East Coast of the United States and has been sentenced for this crime. In addition to his 12 year prison term, Oliveras must ... Read More »

                              102-Count Indictment Charges 10 Ohio Men To Fraud, Fraud And More Fraud

                              On December 13, 2011 it was announced that a federal grand jury returned a 102-count indictment against ten Ohio men (ages ranging from 21 to 33) with crimes of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. Clifford J. Smith (“CJ”), Musa Nassar, Jon Foster, Donte Stewart, Billy St. Clair, Adam Bailey, Tyme Hammond, Kevin ... Read More »

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