September 22, 2009 |
Was it fate that brought the thief directly to her that day? Hubris? Malice, perhaps? It was impossible to know. Yet there was Michelle McCambridge, a 23-year-old JCPenney salesclerk, looking at the woman who not long before had stolen thousands of dollars worth of jewelry, video game consoles and other merchandise by claiming to be Michelle McCambridge. As their eyes locked, McCambridge felt herself go numb, a mix of adrenaline and anger. The woman in front of her stood impassively.
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.
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February 10, 2009 |
Prosecutors charged 54 employees of a Valencia music reproduction business with identity theft Monday in what the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said appeared to be a massive tax evasion scheme that company managers should have detected. A search warrant executed last week led to the arrests of 55 of L&M Optical Disc West's 200 or so employees and the charges of using false documents to obtain employment against all but one of those arrested.
January 25, 2009 |
Here's an economic indicator we could all live without: Incidents of identity theft and credit card fraud are apparently on the rise as bad economic times bring out the worst in some people. And you can add me to the list of folk who've been victimized. All my cash and credit cards and my driver's license were stolen last week. Within an hour of the theft, bogus purchases were being made or attempted at Best Buy, Target and Toys R Us locations throughout the area.
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December 23, 2008 |
More than 1,000 patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center had their personal information taken by a former employee in the hospital's billing department, according to hospital officials who said prosecutors allege that the man used the identities to steal from insurance companies. The hospital's chief financial officer warned affected patients in a letter sent last week that their information had been found during a search of the former employee's home.
November 28, 2008 |
Federal authorities this week announced a series of arrests and convictions in connection with a global identity theft ring that stole millions of dollars by hijacking home-equity lines of credit issued to thousands of consumers. On Monday, state and federal law enforcement officials arrested four men who were part of a group that allegedly combined high-tech equipment with old-fashioned con artistry to drain home-equity lines.