November 27, 2011 |
Dear Liz: A large safe containing our passports, Social Security cards, birth certificates, checks and credit cards was stolen from our home several days ago. We notified our bank and credit card companies. Is there an advantage to requesting new Social Security numbers? If we do this, would it affect our credit in any way? Answer: New Social Security numbers wouldn't necessarily protect you from identity theft and could create additional complications. Thieves might still be able to use your old numbers to establish new accounts, and those fraudulent accounts could show up in your credit reports.
December 13, 2011 |
Victims of identity theft will tell you: The shock of being defrauded isn't the worst part. What really stings is having to spend days or even weeks undoing all the damage. At the very least, you'd think businesses caught up in bogus transactions would be ready and willing to assist in bringing the ID thief to justice. But Blanca Elizabeth Cervantes, 43, of Manhattan Beach found herself on her own after a collection agency said she owed $671.58 for a DirecTV subscription she never ordered at an address she's never visited.
July 16, 2004 |
President Bush signed legislation that toughened penalties for identity theft, which federal officials said cost U.S. consumers and businesses more than $50 billion last year. The law expands the maximum penalty for identity theft from three to five years, and it clarifies that the 25-year maximum sentence for identity theft in facilitating terrorism applies to both international and domestic terrorism.
December 29, 2002
"Protecting Your Good Name From Thieves" (Nov. 30) proposes a "fraud alert" on credit reports, requiring creditors to call for credit approval after signs of identity theft appear. But identity theft can be prevented altogether by requiring verification upfront -- instead of after the debt has been incurred, the creditor has lost the funds and the consumer faces the humiliation of credit reconstruction. Focus on prevention, not repair. Why couldn't a simple cross-check be mandatory before any applicant is granted credit or required to repay?
March 8, 2003 |
Internet portal EarthLink Inc. said it blocked an apparent identity theft scam that sought to collect credit card and bank account numbers. Many subscribers recently received an e-mail request to resubmit their personal information or face termination of their accounts because of a "recent system flush."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2002 |
A receptionist for the Sacramento County Bar Assn. has been arrested, accused of stealing credit card numbers from more than 50 people, most of them lawyers, officials said. Noelle Malone, 30, processed payments to the association, including membership renewals made by check or credit cards. Malone was arrested last week on charges of identity theft and conspiracy. She allegedly shared the numbers with Tishawna Holeman, 25, a convicted scam artist.
April 24, 2007 |
A U.S. task force created to curb identity theft urged federal agencies Monday to help protect people by ceasing unnecessary use of Social Security numbers. Recommendations put forward by the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission also included that Congress toughen and expand existing laws to make some identity thieves face a mandatory two-year sentence. The identity theft prevention task force, chaired by U.S. Atty. Gen. Alberto R.
February 2, 2002
What was missing from "Identity Theft Tops Fraud Reports" (Jan. 24) is the slow response from local police, in my case, the LAPD. I was a victim of identity theft through the Internet. Electronic checks were used to withdraw money from my checking account and credit cards were applied for. I was able to obtain the name, address, phone number and e-mail address of the person responsible, but the LAPD officers refused to take the information. They told me I had to receive a victim's packet first and then provide additional information.
December 5, 2003 |
President Bush signed into law Thursday a bill giving consumers additional protection against identity theft and renewing federal credit reporting laws. The measure, approved by Congress last month, allows consumers to obtain one free credit report a year. Until now, consumers have had to pay for their credit reports, except in certain circumstances, such when they are rejected for credit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 2004 |
A Van Nuys woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Ventura County Superior Court to charges that she stole $122,500 by misusing the identity of a Camarillo resident. Zinaida Mikaelyan, 30, denied eight felony charges related to the writing of numerous fraudulent checks in 2003 to alleged accomplices who cashed them at the victim's Camarillo bank.