September 8, 1996
In "It's Known as Identity Fraud, but by Any Name It's an Ugly Crime" (Aug. 25), the Federal Trade Commission sets forth tips for preventing identity fraud, among them not giving out your Social Security number. But California's Franchise Tax Board includes the recipient's Social Security number on the mailing label when it sends out tax forms. When I wrote requesting that my Social Security number be removed from the label, I was informed that they could not do so, but that I could write requesting that no tax forms be sent to our home.
September 29, 1999 |
Travelers Property Casualty Corp., the No. 3 U.S. property and casualty insurer, said Tuesday that it has launched insurance coverage for victims of identity fraud--the first coverage of its kind. Identity fraud occurs when a criminal takes someone's personal identification information, then represents himself or herself as the victim in order to fraudulently obtain money and property.
February 8, 2007 |
Consumers reported more than 670,000 cases of fraud and identity theft in 2006 that cost them $1.2 billion, the Federal Trade Commission said. For the seventh straight year, ID theft was the most common complaint, accounting for 36%, or 246,035, of the cases.
July 16, 2000 |
When Lorraine Machado thought she was the only one, she was frightened. When she realized she was just one victim in a cluster of schoolteachers whose identities had been stolen, she became mad. Now the soft-spoken teacher at Webster Middle School in West Los Angeles has mobilized the dozen colleagues who also have been victimized. They are pushing law enforcement to consolidate its cases and pursue the perpetrators.
October 31, 1998 |
A new law signed Friday by President Clinton promises to crack down on the growing crime of identity fraud. The law helps bring closure to Laguna Niguel attorney Mari Frank's two-year ordeal. Designed to stem one of the biggest and fastest-growing financial frauds in America, the law could benefit hundreds of thousands of people who, like Frank, suddenly wake up to learn that somebody else has been living their life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2003 |
With identity theft now regarded as the fastest-growing consumer fraud in the nation, the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles is spearheading an outreach program to help people avoid becoming victims. The program, launched in February, is built around a 23-minute video -- also available on DVD -- that describes the myriad ways in which thieves can obtain your personal financial information, how to protect yourself from being victimized and what to do if you are. A recent survey by Gartner Inc.