June 19, 2012 |
Julian Bermudez noticed something new on his latest Citibank credit card bill. Down at the bottom, right beside where he's supposed to fill in the amount of his payment, was a box to be checked if he wants to sign up for Citi's Watch-Guard Preferred security service at a cost of $5.95 per month. And the box was already checked. "I don't like someone saying yes for me," said Bermudez, 37, of Cypress Park. "That's so not cool. " What's also not cool is that you have to dig deep to find out who's really behind this Watch-Guard Preferred thing and to discover that the company offering the ID theft protection has had to shell out millions of dollars in settlements with state attorneys general.
May 15, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- A longtime Newark Liberty International Airport security worker pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of stealing the identity of a man slain 20 years ago to conceal his illegal immigration status -- a case that has embarrassed an airport already under scrutiny for security lapses. The man whom police identified as Bimbo Oyewole, but who had lived and worked as Jerry Thomas since 1992, had his first court hearing in Essex County, N.J., a day after his arrest. He pleaded not guilty to identity theft and was being held on $250,000 bail, according to the Associated Press.
April 3, 2012 |
The hacking of a credit card processing company last week, with more than a million people's card numbers potentially stolen by identity thieves, highlights yet again how little privacy we enjoy in the digital age. It also highlights — yet again — how hard it can be to find out details of a security breach. William LeGro of Silver Lake is typical of a lot of people who frequently shop online. He knows that he usually has to run a gantlet of hackers and scammers to get what he wants.
March 20, 2012 |
A woman who faced identity theft charges for allegedly creating a fake Facebook page to trash her ex-boyfriend -- a police officer whose false status updates described him as "scum with a gun" with a penchant for drugs, booze and prostitutes -- could have charges dropped after changing her legal tactic. Dana Thornton, 41, of Belleville, N.J., agreed Monday to enter a pretrial intervention program that will require her to visit a probation officer and undergo psychological counseling for a year, the Star-Ledger reported.
January 31, 2012 |
As most folks start preparing to file their income tax returns, the IRS and the Justice Department began unveiling their annual reminders of what happens to those who don't. The Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday that federal authorities in an extensive sweep across 23 states last week charged 105 people of fraud and identity theft in connection with filing false returns to try to obtain refunds. “ID theft is a growing problem all across the country, and we've come to find out that the tax system isn't immune,” said IRS spokeswoman Anabel Marquez.
September 13, 2011 |
You can't know how big a hassle it is to have your identity stolen until some scammer enters your life and starts taking over. Michael Kalbs and his wife, Judy Rosen, learned this the hard way recently when they discovered that someone was applying for -- and receiving -- credit cards in Rosen's name and running up thousands of dollars in bills for gas and other everyday purchases. Then they had to spend weeks untangling the mess with various banks, businesses and credit reporting companies.