September 4, 2012 |
The letter from debt collector Resurgent Capital Services arrived at my home the other day. Enclosed was a bill for $2,852.56, originally run up in the 1990s on a Citibank credit card. The name on the account: Derrick Davis. That would be the same Derrick Davis who stole my identity about 15 years ago. The same Derrick Davis whom I tracked down in Connecticut nearly a decade ago and handed over to law enforcement. The same Derrick Davis who was found guilty of Social Security fraud and deported to his native Jamaica.
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June 19, 2012 |
An undocumented immigrant should be licensed to practice law even though his ability to work will be restricted, the state bar told the California Supreme Court on Monday. The agency said Sergio C. Garcia, 35, had met all the requirements to become a lawyer and could work without pay or as an independent contractor if licensed. The granting of a law license does not confer a right to employment, the State Bar of California argued, and Garcia would be expected to act legally. "While a license to practice law is necessary to obtain employment as an attorney, having a law license does not mean that the holder may be employed," attorneys for the bar said in a written filing.
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November 5, 2011 |
The UCLA Health System is warning thousands of patients that their personal information was stolen and they are at risk of possible identity theft, officials said in a statement released Friday. Officials don't believe the information has been accessed or misused but are referring patients to a data security company if their name and credit are affected. Information from 16,288 patients was taken from the home of a physician whose house was burglarized Sept. 6, according to the UCLA Health System.
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.
May 19, 2011 |
The Securities and Exchange Commission is having some security problems of its own. About 4,000 agency employees, including several in Los Angeles, have been notified that their Social Security numbers and other payroll information were included in an unencrypted email, according to Drew Malcomb, a Department of Interior spokesman. The May 4 email was sent by a contractor at the department's National Business Center, which manages payroll, human resources and financial reporting for dozens of federal agencies, Malcomb said.
March 20, 2011 |
Dear Liz: I had a mobile home that was repossessed in 2003 after I was unable to make the payments. In 2005, I was contacted by a debt collector saying that I owed $20,000. They were very aggressive and threatening, saying that they could sue me. I told them I did not have that money, and they kept harassing me, telling me that I could borrow it from my bank. I finally agreed to send them $50 a month. I just received a letter stating that I have not met my contractual obligations and if I don't take care of the balance, I could be sued.
July 4, 2010 |
Security researchers Nick DePetrillo and Don Bailey have discovered a seven-digit numerical code that can unlock all kinds of secrets about you. It's your phone number. Using relatively simple techniques, this duo can use your cellphone number to figure out your name, where you live and work, where you travel and when you sleep. They could even listen to your voice messages and personal phone calls — if they wanted to. "It's really interesting to watch a phone number turn into a person's life," DePetrillo said.
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April 26, 2010 |
Just five days before Ekaterine Bautista planned to become an American citizen, she got a call from the federal government: Her swearing-in ceremony had been canceled pending further investigation. Bautista was devastated. An illegal immigrant from Mexico, she had served six years in the U.S. military — including a 13-month tour of duty in Iraq — and was eligible to apply for naturalization under a decades-old law. But approval of her case depended on the discretion of citizenship officials.
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February 19, 2010 |
Navy officials in Port Hueneme inadvertently mailed the Social Security numbers and security classifications of more than 200 civilian employees to an engineer and two other employees accused of being security risks, according to the engineer, his attorney and a union representing government employees. Also mailed were several documents marked "secret" and "top secret," according to the engineer, Gary Biggers, and his attorney, Jack Futoran. Navy spokesman Darrell Waller said the documents "were inappropriately marked, but not by this command."
February 15, 2010 |
Dear Karen: A buyer kept merchandise but then requested that her credit card company cancel the transaction and reimburse her. What can I do? Answer : If you can document that your customer authorized a credit card transaction and received a non-defective product, your credit card processor should be able to dispute the fraudulent refund, said Lance Rich, vice president at ProPay, a credit-processing service based in Utah. Make sure that you get a detailed invoice for every transaction and ship only to verified addresses.