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March 24, 2005 | From Reuters
U.S. regulators Wednesday told banks to develop programs to quickly warn federal officials and customers of suspected cases of identity theft, a growing type of fraud that costs consumers billions. The Federal Reserve Board of Governors joined other thrift regulators in demanding greater vigilance and quick action, after a flurry of recent announcements from banks and data companies that customer information had been stolen or lost.
July 12, 2008 | Joanna Lin, Times Staff Writer
Police have arrested a Texas man suspected in identity thefts involving more than 160 UC Irvine graduate and medical students, authorities said. Michael Tyrone Thomas, 27, of Fort Worth, was an employee in the Student Resources Department of United Healthcare in Dallas, authorities said. The company manages the university's graduate student health insurance program. The 163 identity theft reports involved students in the 2006-07 school year, said UCI Police Chief Paul Henisey.
June 2, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Two people from Carson have been charged with stealing the identities of retired state Sen. Charles Calderon and his wife, Lisa, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Friday. Kellien Coralle Zink, 22, and Ryan Dacanay, 23, are accused of using information found in material taken from the Calderon mailbox in Los Angeles to make credit purchases, add a cell phone account and open several credit accounts on the Internet.
July 29, 2007 | Kathy M. Kristof, Times Staff Writer
Scott Giordano didn't know his identity had been stolen until he decided in 2005 to move to take a new job. He'd put a down payment on a house and quit his job as a San Bernardino firefighter before hearing that he'd failed a background check conducted by the employer that wanted to hire him. The reason: There were nine people, in different parts of the country, employed under his Social Security number.
Question: A year ago, someone fraudulently applied for credit in my name. I was tipped off by several diligent credit card companies. I promptly placed fraud alerts with all three credit bureaus and notified the local police department and Social Security office. One less-than-diligent firm, however, allowed the fraudster to open an account after I had done all these things. I followed the firm's instructions, sending it a notarized affidavit of fraud.
April 16, 1998 | KEN REICH
It all started in 1996 when Mary V. de George, a Silver Lake resident, wrote a $10 check to First Card. It was cashed, but not by First Card, for $1,800. Someone had intercepted the payment and drastically upped the amount, then somehow managed to cash the fraudulent check. Bank of America, which paid out the money, was understanding. It ate the loss, and De George got a new checking account. The incident seemed isolated.
November 28, 2002 | Carol Chambers, Times Staff Writer
Six Antelope Valley residents have been arrested in a rash of identity and mail thefts totaling tens of thousands of dollars, authorities said Wednesday. The names of the five men and one woman arrested Tuesday and Wednesday were not released because investigations into the thefts are ongoing, said Lt. Ed Dvorak of the Los Angeles County sheriff's Palmdale station. There were more than a dozen victims, authorities said.
October 16, 2000 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT
Here's a new twist on family affairs. A mother and her two daughters, all of Moorpark, were arrested last week after another woman told authorities someone had been using her name and Social Security number to obtain credit and charge items. The incident is the latest in a series of identity theft cases reported to the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. Since January, more than a dozen similar financial scams have been uncovered in several cities.
June 1, 2007 | From the Washington Post
From his 17th-floor Seattle apartment overlooking Puget Sound, Robert Alan Soloway allegedly ran an illicit network of computers around the world, secretly commandeering the machines of thousands of unsuspecting bystanders. Prosecutors say Internet users who clicked on infected e-mails and websites inadvertently took part in his criminal endeavor: spam.
February 8, 2007 | From the Associated Press
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.
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