Identity Theft Cases
Run Rampant!

Identity theft cases are on the rise. Statistics show 10 million people a year fall victim to this horrible crime of identity theft.

Identity theft punishments are not heavy enough.

Credit card scams top the list for the most popular identity theft scams, and are up by 30%.

Go to identity theft scams to see more ways a criminal can steal your identity.

Because of this, credit monitoring services have increased in consumer popularity.

Bills are also being considered by Congress to restrict the tide of personal information.

  • Identity theft cases show 20% of Americans have had personal experience with the crime of identity theft.

This crime turns into an ongoing nightmare and is "the gift that just keeps on giving", in terms of all the ways this crime can be perpetuated.

Go to ways to prevent identity theft to educate and protect yourself with the knowledge you need to have about this rapidly spreading crime.

  • Over 3.4 million Americans had identity thieves open new accounts in their name.

The average victim loses $1500 and spends upward to 70 hours resolving the problems identity theft caused them.

  • Please Note: If your identity is stolen, it's imperative you take immediate action and follow the steps in identity theft victims.

Examples Of Identity Theft Cases

  • Boeing, the Aerospace Company, fired a person whose laptop was stolen.

The laptop put at risk private and personal information of almost 390,000 workers, many of them retirees.

Because of the significant rise in this type of "business" identity theft, and the number of large companies that have had personal information of their files compromised, companies now have to take very stringent steps to protect the sensitive data of their workers, thousands of clients, and make sure personal information stays safe.

A perfect example of this is...

  • Identity theft cases: Washington - January 2009 - Court filings showed the Veterans Affairs Department paid $20 million to veterans because they lost sensitive personal information and exposed them to identity theft.

This money will be paid to veterans that prove they suffered emotional distress, physical symptoms and harm, or incurring charges for credit monitoring.

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Identity Theft Cases
Man Forges Credit Cards

  • Identity theft cases: A Seattle man was charged with identity theft for forging credit cards.

This guy was "beyond dumb"; he actually asked one of the detectives in the police department if he knew of anyone who could "make cards".

  • A sting was set up, the man was caught, and charged with second-degree identity theft and financial fraud.

Additional victims are being contacted and more charges are expected to be added.

Check out cases of identity theft to learn how other people were vulnerable and became a victim of identity theft.

Identity Theft Cases
Blue Shield/Blue Cross

Identity theft cases: Over 200,000 people at risk of identity theft because a large insurance company sent letters to wrong addresses.

  • Blue Shield and Blue Cross of Georgia sent out an estimated 200,000 letters to incorrect addresses.

A few of the letters also contained client Social Security numbers.

  • At risk is their privacy and security. The error affected individual health benefit plans and employer health plans statewide.
  • Social Security numbers are in the process of being removed from any further mailings.

Steps were taken to determine the cause of the error and correct it from ever happening again.

Identity Theft Cases
Thousands Of Credit Reports Stolen

Identity theft cases: A help desk worker has pleaded guilty to assisting in the stealing of credit reports from a small Long Island software firm.

Identity theft cases show your credit cards are a prime target for criminals.

This identity theft scheme is one of the largest in U.S. history.

  • This scheme netted the ID thieves approximately $50-$100 million and involved over 33,000 consumers across the country.
  • The help desk worker had access to "credit prompter boxes".

More than 25,000 companies in the country use these credit check terminals.

These terminals make it easy for cell phone shop, rental offices in apartments and car dealerships to perform credit checks.

  • The help desk worker did not stay with his job for long, but left with spreadsheets that had passwords and user names that access credit reports at the 3 credit bureaus.
  • The help desk worker and his accomplices impersonated firms that had rightful access to credit reports.

This allowed the thieves to steal credit reports at will.

It boggles the mind to see how organized this scam was and how they accomplished so many intricate steps for this crime to succeed.

  • The thieves would find out from "street criminals" the most sought after Social Security numbers and names of people whose credit histories were most desirable.

The scammers would then arrange access to the credit reports with the password the help desk worker had.

The reports were then sold for $60 apiece and the profits split between them.

  • Turning the identities into cash were accomplished a couple of ways.

Victim's bank accounts were depleted, accounts had their addresses changed and then the thieves ordered new checks, new credit cards and ATM cards.

When new lines of credit were opened they were quickly used up to their limits.

  • Many victims of this crime had a limited amount in their bank account, but the thieves were able to draw thousands more.
  • The help desk worker made a plea deal and may be given at least a 14 year sentence.

The worker has to forfeit any property obtained resulting from this crime.

This brought the focus to troubling practices in the security of the nation's credit reporting system.

Identity Theft Cases
Data Stolen

Wow! Thieves steal a laptop that contains the employee data of workers at Anheuser-Busch.

Numerous laptops were stolen from the headquarters in a St. Louis area office building.

Approximately 2,500 residents were affected.

  • The data stolen had addresses, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and marital status.

No evidence of identity theft loss was reported, per Anheuser-Busch.

One of the laptops contained personal information on people involved in employee assistance programs and former employees.

The company said the data was encrypted and password protected.

  • Everyone affected was notified and one free year of credit monitoring was offered.

Identity Theft Cases
Teenagers At High Risk!

Identity theft scams are alive and well and teenagers are extremely vulnerable.

Students are at high risk for identity theft.

Identity theft cases: The threat of identity theft is on the rise and increasing at alarming rates.

Identity theft damages your credit and, because of that, can affect every other part of your life such as obtaining credit, being hired for jobs, renting an apartment, leasing cars, making purchases.

  • Teenagers become prime targets because, at their age, they have a credit record that is unblemished to start with.

If the thief gains access to the Social Security number, they can take out applications for credit cards and charge, charge, charge.

You may not find out about the problems for months, and it can take years before the issues are resolved.

  • Teenagers become extremely vulnerable to identity thieves because of all the time they spend on the internet, either on the social networks, chat rooms, or purchasing products online.

Cyber identity theft criminals and the tools of their trade are becoming so much more sophisticated.

The possibilities are limitless for online identity theft and internet scams and these identity theft cases are just the tip of the iceberg.

Cyber identity theft is also made easier because the technology has also provided virtually all the equipment a cyber thief needs to go phishing.

The areas attacked include instant messenger, e-mail, web sites, phishing, passwords, spyware and viruses.

Learn more at cyber identity theft to arm yourself with knowledge to protect yourself and your loved ones from this devastating crime.

Social networking is a breeding ground for predators and identity thieves, and teens are especially targeted!

  • It's vitally important your teenager knows the dangers of the social web sites.

Posting picture of themselves and their family, giving personal information about themselves and the people in their lives is an open invitation for identity theft.

  • Make sure your teenagers are shown how dangerous it is to give their real name (or that of their family or friends), phone number, address, name of their school, etc.
  • This type of information is all a thief needs to steel their identity, ruin their credit and life before they ever finish school.

The effects are far-reaching and the obstacles you must overcome are tremendous.

Because of cyber identity theft, you should make sure the web site you are accessing will be authenticated by digital certificates and that the VeriSign logo will also appear on the web site.

Clicking on the VeriSign logo will assure you the site is not a redirect or clone, but legitimate.

Don't let yourself end up being one of the identity theft cases that are so common to buying online.

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