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FBI catch fugitive using advanced biometrics

The FBI captured fugitive Neil Stammer, who has been on the run for 15 years, thanks to the agency’s new biometric facial-recognition system.

Woman charged with posing as a doctor, giving truckers physicals

Carlisle - A Pennsylvania woman faces three charges after it was alleged she posed as a medical doctor and gave truck drivers physical exams they needed to take to keep their commercial drivers licenses.

Op-Ed: Synthetic ID theft is fastest growing cybercrime, seniors at risk

Consumers, especially seniors, should brace themselves for synthetic identity theft which is the fastest growing form of ID theft, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). It's estimated to comprise of 80 to 85 percent of all identity fraud.

Child identity theft — A little known silent and growing epidemic

Children are 51 times more likely to be victims of identity theft than adults. When an unused Social Security number is linked to a different name, the theft will be discovered when children use their ID for the first time, often with dire consequences.

Cops accuse man of stealing ID to get illegal prescription drugs

Brooklyn - New York Cops are looking for a man they say stole a 55-year-old woman's identity to obtain prescription drugs illegally.

Op-Ed: The time bomb in your wallet

Every once in a while, those reminders of the march of time arrive. Before turning 50, it was invitations to join AARP. Now, approaching 65, it is the incessant mail about Medicare supplement programs.

With data breaches hitting SnapChat, a new rival emerges in Wickr

As security issues continue to plague the SnapChat mobile photo sharing application, a rival service appears ready to exploit the weakness.

Miami cop found guilty of identity theft, fraud

Fort Lauderdale - It wasn't the most difficult crime to commit. The 28-year-old officer just sat at his laptop and retrieved names and other information from the police database. He then submitted false income tax returns and obtained refunds.

Wisconsin man arrested, posed as neighbour in Craigslist sex ad

Waterford - It was a joke. But neither the neighbour who had men coming to her door seeking sex or the Waterford, Wisconsin police saw the humour in it.

Report: One new identity theft victim every 3 seconds in U.S.

A recently released report says in 2012 there was one new victim of identity theft every three seconds in the United States. The thefts accounted for billions of dollars.

Are passwords on the way out? EyeVerify uses 'eyeprint' security Special

Today people rely on passwords to protect digital information. For years, these strings of code have been the "keys" to access digital property. As 2013 arrives, will passwords be enough to protect valuable personal information?

Study: Offline schemes are top causes of identity fraud

A new study conducted by an insurance company says, despite the increased use of the Internet being used to conduct business, that offline schemes are the top known causes of identity fraud.

Authorities warn of Election Day identity theft related scams

Authorities in several regions across the U.S. are warning the public about Election Day-related scams. Over the past several weeks different types of scams have emerged that appear to take aim at identity theft or voter fraud.

Identity theft ring busted near San Francisco Airport Special

South San Francisco - This high-tech digital age we live in provides us with so many conveniences, especially when traveling, communicating with friends and family or shopping. Yet Identity theft and scams of all kinds is a very real danger.

Op-Ed: Australia’s proposed Internet tracking laws won’t work

Sydney - The proposal to store the data of all Australian users for 2 years has drawn a storm of outrage. Now it’s starting to look like it can’t even do the job it’s supposed to do. There are some serious weaknesses from the point of view of law enforcement

Op-Ed: Forget tax hikes and stop tax fraud

Woo hoo, Boo Boo! Houston just made another Top 5 list! Okay, maybe we should say “boo hoo” instead, because it's the list of US cities most likely to have big-time identity thieves stealing billions of dollars by filing fraudulent tax returns.

Anyone with a SSN is at risk of becoming a 'credit zombie'

Zombies are all over the news this week, but there is another very real type of zombie walking amongst us. Everyday, people are being turned into "credit zombies".

7-year-old boy's identity stolen, child ID theft on the rise

Today's society is seeing an increased occurrence of identity thefts. It is bad enough when it happens to an adult, but what about the children whose identities are being claimed by thieves at an alarmingly growing rate?

Authorities warn of rental property scams listed on Craigslist

Providence - If you're searching online for a rental property, beware of what you may encounter. Identity thieves are always looking for savvy ways to trick people.

Op-Ed: California's prisoner release continues to fail

AB 109 is an abject and utter failure, it provides for the release of prisoners from State prisons and returns them to their respective county of origin. It has failed again

Family drama exposes security hole for corporate identity theft Special

Vancouver - Can anyone with the right password hack into the Corporate Registry and erase you from your own company? A War of the Roses unfolding in Vancouver reveals there's no government protection against corporate identity theft or predatory lawyers.

Identity theft: NY woman learns she'd been married multiple times

New York - Sixteen years ago a New York woman lost possession of her birth certificate. Now several years later, that one loss has brought numerous complications into her life.

Man steals woman's identity, uses victim's name for 13 years

San Clemente - Identity theft continues to plague society, and one California woman can attest to how frustrating it can be dealing with the aftermath of someone stealing and using your identity.

19 arrested in 'Carder.su' identity theft ring bust, more to come

U.S. authorities have arrested a group of 19 individuals that allegedly ran an identity theft ring. The transnational criminal organization was purportedly based in Las Vegas, NV and sold stolen information online.

IRS releases 'Dirty Dozen', top tax scams to watch out in 2012

Tax season is currently in full swing in the U.S. As the Jan. 31 deadline for people to receive their tax documents is passed, millions of Americans have either already filed and/or are in the process of preparing to do so by April's tax day.

Woman caught on camera stealing flowers from grave is charged

Barking - Local police arrested a woman caught on CCTV for allegedly stealing items from a child's grave at the Rippleside Cemetery, located in Barking, Essex, a London suburb.

Identity theft ring in NYC busted, over 100 charged

New York - Authorities have arrested over 100 individuals in connection with an identity theft ring in NYC. Those accused allegedly "victimized thousands" across the globe, reaching as far as Europe, China and the Middle East.

Two men charged in real-life 'Weekend At Bernie's' crime

Denver - Two men are accused of abusing a corpse after they allegedly drove around the city with a dead friend in the car, using his ATM card to withdraw money to spend at a strip club and to pay for food and drinks.

New Sony hack attack exposes personal info of 24.6 million users

Once again, Sony is warning more gamers their personal information may have been stolen by the same thieves who first breached the PlayStation Network, the company said Monday. Close to 24.6 million Sony Online Entertainment users may have been affected.

Five arrested in Toronto ATM scam

Toronto - During a two week investigation by the Toronto Police Services dealing with ATM fraud five men have been arrested with 60 cases identified.
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Teens are more susceptible to giving too much information online. They grew up with social media  be...
Teens are more susceptible to giving too much information online. They grew up with social media, believing it to be safe, where the website actually reaches out and grabs your data without you even knowing about it. (Copyright ©2011 by George McGinn. All Rights Reserved.)
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Joann Elizabeth Wingate, 56
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Erased from his company's government records
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Srgt. Bruce McPhillips of the South San Francisco Police Dept. said that identity theft is a major p...
Srgt. Bruce McPhillips of the South San Francisco Police Dept. said that identity theft is a major problem. "People must be extra careful these days."
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This chart shows that although 4 311 identities used by someone other than the child is used for mul...
This chart shows that although 4,311 identities used by someone other than the child is used for multiple purposes due to the longer time the identity thief can use the ID before being discovered. So when the real owner of the ID tries to use it for the first time, the consequences can be dire.
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