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My Father Stole My Identity and Ran Up Bills But I Need Student Loans

Question: To put it most simply, I am 23 years old. Never once had a credit card – always debit. Never did anything wrong. Unfortunately, my father had my social security number, and completely destroyed my credit. It’s f**ked up, I know, but that’s the current situation. My credit score, I just found out, is … Read more

Father Forged Kids Names on Student Loans. Do They Owe Them?

Question: Dear Steve, My ex husband left 2 of my children with over $100,000 each with student loan debt. He signed loans with their names without their knowledge, he missed months of payments which incurred high interest rates and now these kids both under 30 are saddled with these debts. They are beyond upset and … Read more

FTC Smacks LifeLock for Violations of Previous Agreement

The Federal Trade Commission today asserted that LifeLock violated a 2010 settlement with the agency and 35 state attorneys general by continuing to make deceptive claims about its identity theft protection services, and by failing to take steps required to protect its users’ data. In documents filed with the U.S. District Court for the District … Read more

Massive Auburn University Data Breach Ensnares Applicants, Students & Those Who Never Even Applied

Thousands of students who never even applied to Auburn University have had their personal information, including Social Security numbers, exposed due to a security flaw discovered March 2. Information about 364,012 current, former and prospective students was accessible online between Sept. 1, 2014, and March 2, 2015. “The exposure resulted from configuration issues with a … Read more

3 Ways to Protect Your Social Security Number From ID Theft

Of all the types of personal information that could put you at risk for identity theft when in the wrong hands, your Social Security number is the most vulnerable. As the most common way the government, doctor’s offices and creditors can identity you, your Social Security number is necessary to apply for new credit and other benefits. … Read more

Congress Should Act to Mitigate Child Identity Theft

Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 11, 2015 SubscriberWise, the leading provider of analytics-driven subscriber decision management technology and the nation’s first issuing consumer reporting agency for the communications industry, announced today that the company is again encouraging Congress to introduce and pass a legislative initiative that would require the creation of a national index of child … Read more

What’s the Most Dangerous Kind of Identity Theft?

Like the thieves behind the crime, identity theft can take on many disguises depending on the information stolen. When identity theft goes undetected, these crimes can not only cost victims their money, but also their health and well-being. It’s nearly impossible to avoid identity theft, but awareness and vigilance are key to fixing the problem … Read more

10 Cities Where Identity Theft Is a Huge Problem

Fraud can happen anywhere, but certain places seem to have it worse than others. The Federal Trade Commission recently published its annual report on consumer complaints, and it includes rankings for cities with the most fraud reports, and in a separate list, the most identity theft reports. Did your hometown make the top 10 list? … Read more

ACCC Offers 5 Steps to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Boston, MA (PRWEB) March 04, 2015 The amount of consumers who have experienced digital identity theft has skyrocketed over the past couple of years. The biggest issue is more often than not, consumers do not know how to protect themselves against scammers, which is why American Consumer Credit Counseling has released a handful of tips … Read more

A Fraudster’s Weapon of Choice: Your Phone

Phones are one of the few things people keep close by at nearly all times, and there are millions of people and companies using that to their advantage, including criminals. Phone calls are increasingly the most common way fraudsters contact potential victims — more than email or other online scams combined — according to a … Read more

Dental Practice Owner Charged with Health Care Fraud and Identity Theft

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Nazanien Ebrahimi, a/k/a “Nancy” Ebrahimi, 32, of Fairfax County, Virginia, was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 26, 2015, on charges of wire fraud, health care fraud, aggravated identity theft, and making false statements relating to health care matters. Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Andrew … Read more