August 26, 2013 |
Here's a hard-and-fast rule: Don't give your Social Security number to anyone unless it's absolutely necessary. More than 12 million Americans fell victim to identity theft last year, according to Javelin Strategy & Research. Losses topped $21 billion, with the costliest data breaches involving fraudsters gaining access to people's Social Security numbers. With all that in mind, it's hard to imagine that any business nowadays would ask consumers to part with their Social Security number except for the most important of reasons.
February 26, 2013 |
As the capital murder trial of the Ohio man accused of murdering three men after luring them in Craigslist ads with the promise of work in 2011 entered its second day Tuesday, the jury had already heard two stark descriptions of the defendant. Prosecutors painted 53-year-old Richard Beasley, dubbed the “Craigslist Killer,” as a manipulative murderer who preyed on down-on-their-luck job seekers. The defense, however, told the Summit County jury that although Beasley wasn't perfect, they planned to prove that the physically ailing man wasn't a murderer.
November 4, 2012 |
An identity thief who gains access to your credit card or bank account could harm you financially, but one who steals your medical information could also endanger your health. Here are key things to know about medical identity theft: • When an impostor uses your identity to get hospital care, order prescription drugs or submit fraudulent insurance claims, false information may end up in your medical record. This could be "a different blood type, an inaccurate history of drug or alcohol abuse, test results that aren't yours, or a diagnosis of an illness, allergy or condition you don't have," the Federal Trade Commission warned.
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September 18, 2012 |
The arrests seem to be piling up at an unusual pace. Two weeks ago, a six-year employee of the Los Angeles County Probation Department was charged with persistently filing false workers' compensation claims. Earlier this month, police arrested a probation officer for allegedly shooting a man in a Covina bar. Those cases came on top of the dozens of drunk driving, drug possession and theft arrests that seemed scattered throughout the 6,500-employee agency. On Monday, FBI agents arrested the highest-ranking member of the department yet -- Carl Edward Washington, a division chief of intergovernmental relations and former state legislator.
June 26, 2012 |
Advertisers, bullies and sexual predators aren't the only ones trying to get their hands on your kid's information online. Don't forget about identity thieves. Although many adults regularly check their own credit reports to keep tabs on activity, most parents don't expect their children to have a credit file to have to check. And they wouldn't, unless someone has snagged the necessary details and commandeered your kids' persona. When a child's identity is stolen, it can be years before it's discovered, according to the Federal Trade Commission.
March 23, 2012 |
Thinking of selling your smartphone or laptop computer? If you have a BlackBerry or an iPhone, go right ahead. If you were planning to sell an Android phone or a computer running Windows XP, however, you may want to think again, McAfee identify theft expert Robert Siciliano says. Siciliano recently purchased 30 electronic devices from Craigslist - mostly smartphones and laptops - to see how effective normal people are at removing personal information from their gadgets before selling them.