November 28, 2001 |
A preliminary inspection of computer disks seized in an identity theft investigation in Portland, Ore., indicates that more than two-thirds of the state's residents could have been targeted, authorities said. Some of the 85 disks recovered from the home of Jody Gene Oates include the names, home addresses, dates of birth and Oregon driver's license numbers for 269,889 people whose last names begin with B, said Det. Roger Bush, whose name was among them.
August 21, 2011 |
As many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Identity thieves may use your personal information to access your financial accounts, open credit cards, even rent an apartment in your name. Here are tips from the FTC, National Consumers League and Gibson Research on avoiding identity theft: Never click on links sent in unsolicited emails. They could lead to legitimate-looking websites aimed at tricking you into entering your Social Security number, user name or account passwords.
August 5, 2012 |
When on vacation or any extended trip, you could be vulnerable to scams, both at your home and your destination. Here are tips from AARP on protecting your identity and money: • Stop mail delivery. This can be arranged online via holdmail.usps.com/holdmail or at your local post office. Not only does an overstuffed mailbox suggest you're not home, but identity thieves also could snatch your bank and credit card statements. You can pause newspaper deliveries by contacting the paper.
May 24, 2010 |
With identity fraud on the increase, the federal government is stepping up efforts to make sure businesses are on the alert — especially financial institutions and other companies that issue credit cards. The government says that businesses have the responsibility of making sure thieves don't use stolen information to buy goods or open phony accounts. And to that end, the Federal Trade Commission wants businesses that might be targets of identity thieves to develop written plans to spot "red flags" that fraud could be involved and prevent it. Starting June 1, all businesses that extend credit to customers will have to develop plans to try to prevent identity theft.
March 10, 2005 |
Identity thieves have struck again, using stolen passwords to tap personal data on more than 30,000 Americans kept by information broker LexisNexis, the company said Wednesday. The disclosure came at a bad time for an industry suddenly in the glare of unfavorable publicity. Although apparently unrelated to a larger security breach at ChoicePoint Inc.
September 28, 2002
In his Sept. 23 commentary, "Treat Driver's Licenses as What They Are: Domestic Passports," Amitai Etzioni freely admits that in his ideal world our driver's licenses would serve as a national identification card. His candor is admirable. His logic is not. Etzioni passes over the obvious: Do Americans really trust their departments of motor vehicles to run a complex national ID program--keeping our most sensitive information secure from information pirates and free from bureaucratic error?