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October 4, 2013 |
As immigrant rights advocates in California celebrated a landmark law Thursday granting driver's licenses to people who are in the country illegally, other states with similar provisions offered a glimpse of potential pitfalls, including rampant identity fraud and little improvement to public safety. The new law - heralded by hundreds of proponents , including Gov. Jerry Brown and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti outside City Hall on Thursday -- will set off a scramble at the Department of Motor Vehicles, which may open up to six temporary offices to handle the estimated 1.4 million immigrants who are expected to apply in the next three years.
June 12, 2012 |
A federal judge sentenced the longtime girlfriend of reputed Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger to eight years in prison Tuesday and fined her $150,000 for helping “someone accused of the most serious crimes imaginable.” Catherine Greig, 61, showed no emotion in the courtroom as U.S. District Judge Douglas Woodlock told her she had plenty of time during her 16 years in hiding to understand the seriousness of her actions, according to...
August 18, 2009 |
Hackers got access to 130 million credit and debit card accounts, federal prosecutors allege. But the account that matters most is yours, right? Here's a consumer guide to the info breach. Does the law require a company to inform me if my card was possibly accessed? Normally, yes. California's privacy law forces businesses to notify state residents whose information might have been breached. But it has limits: If the number of people to contact exceeds 500,000, or if notification costs exceed $250,000, companies are not required to directly contact all potential victims.
September 14, 2008 |
Everyone is afraid of identity theft. It seems as if every couple of days there are new reports of Social Security numbers and other sensitive information stolen, lost or leaked. Just last week Countrywide Financial, which is now owned by Bank of America, said it would provide two years of free credit monitoring for customers whose confidential data were allegedly stolen by a former employee. But should you spend money to buy services that promise to protect you from identity theft?
August 6, 2008 |
Federal authorities said Tuesday that they had cracked the largest case of identity theft in U.S. history, charging 11 people in the theft of more than 40 million credit and debit card account numbers from computer systems at such major retailers as TJ Maxx and Barnes & Noble.
July 6, 2008 |
Tourists are prime targets for identity thieves, said Lyn Chitow Oakes of TrustedID, which provides theft protection services. "People can identify you as being from out of town," Oakes said. Some advice: Use a credit card to pay for most purchases, and carry small amounts of cash. Traveler's checks can be forged or lost, and personal checks carry your bank account number. Debit cards are tied to your bank account. Use one credit card while on vacation to limit exposure to thieves.