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'Stolen' car scam backfires on N.O. man [New Orleans,LA]

This story goes into the bonehead hall of fame. The criminal "mastermind" falsely reported his car stolen in order to recover the insurance. In the meantime...he SOLD the car! Naturally the new owner found out that the car had been reported stolen upon trying to register it. --ScamSafe Ed.

A New Orleans man this week pleaded guilty to insurance fraud for trying to cash in after lying to police that his car had been stolen.

Byron Barre, 29, received a one-year suspended prison sentence and 100 hours of community service for a scheme that quickly fizzled when police received a puzzling call about the car in question.

from The Times-Picayune

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Posted on April 30, 2004 at 10:53 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

'Stolen' car scam backfires on N.O. man [New Orleans,LA]

This story goes into the bonehead hall of fame. The criminal "mastermind" falsely reported his car stolen in order to recover the insurance. In the meantime...he SOLD the car! Naturally the new owner found out that the car had been reported stolen upon trying to register it. --ScamSafe Ed.

A New Orleans man this week pleaded guilty to insurance fraud for trying to cash in after lying to police that his car had been stolen.

Byron Barre, 29, received a one-year suspended prison sentence and 100 hours of community service for a scheme that quickly fizzled when police received a puzzling call about the car in question.

FULL STORY from The Times-Picayune [pop up]

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Two charged in $5 million coin scam [Miami,FL]

MIAMI - A couple who advertised in Christian magazines has been charged with running a $5 million fraud by selling gold coins at two to three times their actual value, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

Customers claim the coins were actually worth as little as 10 percent of the sales price.

The $5 million figure was tied to charges in a 38-count mail and wire fraud and money-laundering indictment, but Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Boscovich said in court that the coin scam pitched by a self-proclaimed born-again Christian may have cost investors $10 million since 2000.

The Miami couple lived the lifestyle of millionaires as complaints mounted against them in the operations of U.S. Coin Exchange Inc., Coin and Currency Clearing Corp. and Twenty-First Century Grading Service Inc.

Bail was set at $1 million for Armand DeAngelis, who has a New Jersey securities-fraud conviction on his record, and $200,000 for his wife, Marcela Ospina Cardona.

from tallahassee.com

Category: Identity Theft News
Posted on April 30, 2004 at 10:49 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Two charged in $5 million coin scam [Miami,FL]

MIAMI - A couple who advertised in Christian magazines has been charged with running a $5 million fraud by selling gold coins at two to three times their actual value, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

Customers claim the coins were actually worth as little as 10 percent of the sales price.

The $5 million figure was tied to charges in a 38-count mail and wire fraud and money-laundering indictment, but Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Boscovich said in court that the coin scam pitched by a self-proclaimed born-again Christian may have cost investors $10 million since 2000.

The Miami couple lived the lifestyle of millionaires as complaints mounted against them in the operations of U.S. Coin Exchange Inc., Coin and Currency Clearing Corp. and Twenty-First Century Grading Service Inc.

Bail was set at $1 million for Armand DeAngelis, who has a New Jersey securities-fraud conviction on his record, and $200,000 for his wife, Marcela Ospina Cardona.

FULL STORY from tallahassee.com [pop up]

Category: Identity Theft News
Posted on April 30, 2004 at 10:49 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Comcast customers face e-mail scam [Newton,MA]

This is a "phishing" scam. --ScamSafe Ed.

NEWTON -- Police are calling it corporate identity theft: a cyber scammer cashing in on even the most mindful consumers.

In an e-mail sent to Newton Police from a Comcast manager, the cable and phone corporation warned law enforcement officials and customers that a hoax has been orchestrated online. Neither the police nor Comcast know exactly how many people have fallen victim.

Comcast told Newton Police that a fraudulent e-mail was circulated to customers and non-customers online, prompting them to update billing information.

The fraudulent e-mail, signed by the Comcast Billing Department warns, "to avoid any interruption to your service including the ability to log onto Comcast, please update your credit or debit card information."

Police said when a consumer clicked on the link provided in the e-mail, http://comcast-billing.com/, it connected to a fraudulent, but realistic looking Web site. Police said the Comcast logo and links to the legitimate Comcast site were included.

from CNC

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Posted on April 30, 2004 at 10:44 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Comcast customers face e-mail scam [Newton,MA]

This is a "phishing" scam. --ScamSafe Ed.

NEWTON -- Police are calling it corporate identity theft: a cyber scammer cashing in on even the most mindful consumers.

In an e-mail sent to Newton Police from a Comcast manager, the cable and phone corporation warned law enforcement officials and customers that a hoax has been orchestrated online. Neither the police nor Comcast know exactly how many people have fallen victim.

Comcast told Newton Police that a fraudulent e-mail was circulated to customers and non-customers online, prompting them to update billing information.

The fraudulent e-mail, signed by the Comcast Billing Department warns, "to avoid any interruption to your service including the ability to log onto Comcast, please update your credit or debit card information."

Police said when a consumer clicked on the link provided in the e-mail, http://comcast-billing.com/, it connected to a fraudulent, but realistic looking Web site. Police said the Comcast logo and links to the legitimate Comcast site were included.

FULL STORY from CNC [pop up]

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Posted on April 30, 2004 at 10:44 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Local woman loses $900 in scam [Louisville, MS]

A local Louisville woman was scammed out of $900 this past weekend in what police describe as a "pigeon drop" crime, according to Louisville Police Investigator Gerald Hayes.

Most "pigeon drop" scams target the elderly and women.

from Winston County Journal

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Posted on April 30, 2004 at 10:35 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Local woman loses $900 in scam [Louisville, MS]

A local Louisville woman was scammed out of $900 this past weekend in what police describe as a "pigeon drop" crime, according to Louisville Police Investigator Gerald Hayes.

Most "pigeon drop" scams target the elderly and women.

FULL STORY from Winston County Journal [pop up]

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Local Police Warn Of Lottery Scam [Copperas Cove,TX]

One Copperas Cove Resident lost more than $4,400 after falling victim to a scam that started with a phone call from a telemarketer who told him he had won the Canadian Lottery, police said.

“In some cases, the caller requires the victim to wire money to Canada first to pay taxes on the winnings in order to obtain the prize later,” police said in a prepared release.

“Victims often receive numerous calls. Each time, the caller asks the victim to wire more money, citing complications in paying the necessary taxes or other fees associated with getting the prize,” police said.

from KWTX-TV

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Posted on April 30, 2004 at 10:28 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Local Police Warn Of Lottery Scam [Copperas Cove,TX]

One Copperas Cove Resident lost more than $4,400 after falling victim to a scam that started with a phone call from a telemarketer who told him he had won the Canadian Lottery, police said.

“In some cases, the caller requires the victim to wire money to Canada first to pay taxes on the winnings in order to obtain the prize later,” police said in a prepared release.

“Victims often receive numerous calls. Each time, the caller asks the victim to wire more money, citing complications in paying the necessary taxes or other fees associated with getting the prize,” police said.

FULL STORY from KWTX-TV [pop up]

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Posted on April 30, 2004 at 10:28 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Scam Artist Poses As Water Department Employee [Roseville,MI]

A scam artist is posing as a water department employee to rob residents in Roseville, according to police. Police say the man targeted three homes on Wednesday and hit one home last week.

The culprit went to a home on Martin Road where an 83-year-old man lives. He reportedly told the homeowner his fees were overdue and he owed $41. Police say the homeowner slammed his door in the man's face.

The water employee imposter also visited a home on Bone Street and told a 79-year-old woman that everyone in the neighborhood was getting a $40 rebate, but that he needed change for a $100 bill. The woman reportedly went to get the money and he followed her into the home. Police say when she noticed she was being followed, she went into a bathroom and locked the door. The man apparently went through her belongings, but it was not known how much was taken.

from ClickonDetroit.com

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Posted on April 30, 2004 at 10:25 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Scam Artist Poses As Water Department Employee [Roseville,MI]

A scam artist is posing as a water department employee to rob residents in Roseville, according to police. Police say the man targeted three homes on Wednesday and hit one home last week.

The culprit went to a home on Martin Road where an 83-year-old man lives. He reportedly told the homeowner his fees were overdue and he owed $41. Police say the homeowner slammed his door in the man's face.

The water employee imposter also visited a home on Bone Street and told a 79-year-old woman that everyone in the neighborhood was getting a $40 rebate, but that he needed change for a $100 bill. The woman reportedly went to get the money and he followed her into the home. Police say when she noticed she was being followed, she went into a bathroom and locked the door. The man apparently went through her belongings, but it was not known how much was taken.

FULL STORY from ClickonDetroit.com [pop up]

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Posted on April 30, 2004 at 10:25 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Man arrested over UK phishing scam [UK]

A man has been arrested in the UK over a phishing scam in what is said to be the first such case in the country, according to the anti-virus software vendor Sophos.

The 21-year-old, who hails from Lancashire, was questioned in connection with trying to steal account details from users of the Smile online internet bank.

from The Age

Category: ID Theft News
Posted on April 30, 2004 at 10:18 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Man arrested over UK phishing scam [UK]

A man has been arrested in the UK over a phishing scam in what is said to be the first such case in the country, according to the anti-virus software vendor Sophos.

The 21-year-old, who hails from Lancashire, was questioned in connection with trying to steal account details from users of the Smile online internet bank.

FULL STORY from The Age [pop up]

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Posted on April 30, 2004 at 10:18 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Dorchester man sentenced to 15 months for computer scam [Columba,SC]

COLUMBIA -- A Dorchester man was sentenced in federal court Wednesday after a change of hearing plea focusing on a computer sales scam.

Daniel M. Haynes, 21, was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment and 3 years supervised release for mail fraud.

from TheTandD.com

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Posted on April 30, 2004 at 10:17 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Dorchester man sentenced to 15 months for computer scam [Columba,SC]

COLUMBIA -- A Dorchester man was sentenced in federal court Wednesday after a change of hearing plea focusing on a computer sales scam.

Daniel M. Haynes, 21, was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment and 3 years supervised release for mail fraud.

FULL STORY from TheTandD.com [pop up]

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Posted on April 30, 2004 at 10:17 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Cape Coral man charged in connection with identity theft scam ring [Naples,FL]

The 12th person charged in connection with a multicounty identity theft scam ring remained in the Lee County Jail on Thursday after he was charged with racketeering and fraud.

Ramon Arenas-Oliva, 38, of 3622 S.W. Sixth Place, Cape Coral was arrested Wednesday night by Cape Coral Police. He is charged with two counts of racketeering, six counts of fraud/illegal use of a credit card, four counts of fraud/obtaining property valued at under $20,000, three counts of dealing in stolen property, five counts of larceny/theft and one count of petty larceny.

from naplesnews.com

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Posted on April 30, 2004 at 10:15 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Cape Coral man charged in connection with identity theft scam ring [Naples,FL]

The 12th person charged in connection with a multicounty identity theft scam ring remained in the Lee County Jail on Thursday after he was charged with racketeering and fraud.

Ramon Arenas-Oliva, 38, of 3622 S.W. Sixth Place, Cape Coral was arrested Wednesday night by Cape Coral Police. He is charged with two counts of racketeering, six counts of fraud/illegal use of a credit card, four counts of fraud/obtaining property valued at under $20,000, three counts of dealing in stolen property, five counts of larceny/theft and one count of petty larceny.

FULL STORY from naplesnews.com [pop up]

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Posted on April 30, 2004 at 10:15 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

CA law protects seniors & dependent adults from fraud & ID theft

In January 2004, California bill A.B. 1131, entitled "An act to amend Section 368 of the Penal Code, relating to crime" passed into law. This law expands the existing elder & dependent adult abuse provisions to include forgery, fraud, or identity theft. This bill was authored by Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara.

Category: Identity Theft News
Posted on April 29, 2004 at 11:46 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

CA law protects seniors & dependent adults from fraud & ID theft

In January 2004, California bill A.B. 1131, entitled "An act to amend Section 368 of the Penal Code, relating to crime" passed into law. This law expands the existing elder & dependent adult abuse provisions to include forgery, fraud, or identity theft. This bill was authored by Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara.

The text of S.B. 1131 can be found here in PDF format [pop up]

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Posted on April 29, 2004 at 11:46 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

How to avoid or deal with a house moving scam

Moving scams help:

+ Contact MoveRescue, a moving industry resource for consumers affected by moving scams, go to www.moverescue.com or call (800) 832-1773.

+ The American Moving and Storage Association provides consumers with moving tips and a mover referral service. For information, go to www.moving.org or call (703) 683-7410.

+ MovingScam.com, a free help Web site, is at www.movingscam.com.

+ The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration provides moving information at www.fmcsa.dot.gov/factsfigs/moving.htm. Consumers may file complaints by calling FMCSA's 24-hour toll-free hotline at (888) 368-7238 or online at www.1-888-dot-saft.com.

Category: Consumer Tips
Posted on April 28, 2004 at 10:37 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

How to avoid or deal with a moving scam

+ Contact MoveRescue, a moving industry resource for consumers affected by moving scams, go to www.moverescue.com or call (800) 832-1773.

+ The American Moving and Storage Association provides consumers with moving tips and a mover referral service. For information, go to www.moving.org or call (703) 683-7410.

+ MovingScam.com, a free help Web site, is at www.movingscam.com.

+ The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration provides moving information at www.fmcsa.dot.gov/factsfigs/moving.htm. Consumers may file complaints by calling FMCSA's 24-hour toll-free hotline at (888) 368-7238 or online at www.1-888-dot-saft.com.

Category: Consumer Tips
Posted on April 28, 2004 at 10:37 PM | Permalink | Comments (6)

Program comes to rescue of moving scam victims

With 4,000 to 5,000 mover-fraud complaints filed each year at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration — a small percentage of the “rogue mover” scams perpetrated against consumers — the moving industry last month launched a new program, MoveRescue.

The program helps consumers find reputable movers and provides advice and legal assistance to victims of fraud.

“We felt it was time that someone reached out to deal with this problem,” says MoveRescue director Carl Walter.

When a consumer contacts MoveRescue, its representatives assess the problem and recommend steps to take.

from Detriot News

Category: Consumer Tips
Posted on April 28, 2004 at 10:35 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Program comes to rescue of moving scam victims

With 4,000 to 5,000 mover-fraud complaints filed each year at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration — a small percentage of the “rogue mover” scams perpetrated against consumers — the moving industry last month launched a new program, MoveRescue.

The program helps consumers find reputable movers and provides advice and legal assistance to victims of fraud.

“We felt it was time that someone reached out to deal with this problem,” says MoveRescue director Carl Walter.

When a consumer contacts MoveRescue, its representatives assess the problem and recommend steps to take.

FULL STORY from Detriot News [pop up]

Category: Consumer Tips
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FRAUD ALERTS (California)

Three new fraud alerts from the CA Dept. of Corporations

04/24/04 - **INTERNET ALERT - N-DEALING.COM** - The Department of Corporations has been notified that N-dealing.com is offering escrow services over the internet to residents in California. N-dealing.com is falsely advertising on its website that it holds California Department of Corporations license number 963-1983 and is falsely advertising that it is a member of Escrow Agents' Fidelity Corporation. N-dealing.com is not licensed by the California Department of Corporations as an escrow agent, does not hold California Department of Corporations license number 963-1983 and is not a member of Escrow Agents' Fidelity Corporation.

04/22/04 - **INTERNET ALERT - AUCTION-SAFE-ESCROW.COM** - The Department of Corporations has been notified that Auction-safe-escrow.com is offering escrow services over the internet to residents in California. Auction-safe-escrow.com is falsely advertising on its website that it holds California Department of Corporations license number 963-1892. Auction-safe-escrow.com is not licensed by the California Department of Corporations as an escrow agent and does not hold California Department of Corporations license number 963-1892.

04/19/04 - **INTERNET ALERT - CALIFORNIA-TRADE.COM** - The Department of Corporations has been notified that California-trade.com is offering escrow services over the internet to residents in California. California-trade.com is falsely advertising on its website that it holds California Department of Corporations license number 963-1948. California-trade.com is not licensed by the California Department of Corporations as an escrow agent and does not hold California Department of Corporations license number 963-1948.

Category: FRAUD ALERTS
Posted on April 24, 2004 at 05:45 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

FRAUD ALERTS (California)

Three new fraud alerts from the CA Dept. of Corporations

04/24/04 - **INTERNET ALERT - N-DEALING.COM** - The Department of Corporations has been notified that N-dealing.com is offering escrow services over the internet to residents in California. N-dealing.com is falsely advertising on its website that it holds California Department of Corporations license number 963-1983 and is falsely advertising that it is a member of Escrow Agents' Fidelity Corporation. N-dealing.com is not licensed by the California Department of Corporations as an escrow agent, does not hold California Department of Corporations license number 963-1983 and is not a member of Escrow Agents' Fidelity Corporation.

04/22/04 - **INTERNET ALERT - AUCTION-SAFE-ESCROW.COM** - The Department of Corporations has been notified that Auction-safe-escrow.com is offering escrow services over the internet to residents in California. Auction-safe-escrow.com is falsely advertising on its website that it holds California Department of Corporations license number 963-1892. Auction-safe-escrow.com is not licensed by the California Department of Corporations as an escrow agent and does not hold California Department of Corporations license number 963-1892.

04/19/04 - **INTERNET ALERT - CALIFORNIA-TRADE.COM** - The Department of Corporations has been notified that California-trade.com is offering escrow services over the internet to residents in California. California-trade.com is falsely advertising on its website that it holds California Department of Corporations license number 963-1948. California-trade.com is not licensed by the California Department of Corporations as an escrow agent and does not hold California Department of Corporations license number 963-1948.

Category: FRAUD ALERTS
Posted on April 24, 2004 at 05:45 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

FRAUD ALERTS

Several new fraud alerts...

Businesses Hit by 'Health and Safety' Scam
Aberdeenshire businesses are being targeted by fraudsters claiming the firms need to send cheques to register to comply with health and safety rules. from The Press and Journal

Alleged Lottery Scam in Lodi Takes Third Victim for $6,000
A Stockton woman has become the third to tell Lodi police that she was the victim of a lottery scam that bilks thousands of dollars from older, Hispanic women. from Lodi News-Sentinel

Salem Police Issue Alert About Unusual Phone Tapping Scam
Salem police are issuing an alert about an unusual scam where a person illegally taps into outside business and residential phone junction boxes and then makes calls to 900 numbers. from KATU-TV, Salem

Virginia Car Dealership Probed in Marines Scam
State regulators are looking into allegations that a Virginia used car dealership pressured young North Carolina service members into buying overpriced cars by offering them rides to the lot and then threatening to strand them there, hours away from base. from Associated Press

Scam Warning
A scam is spreading around Jackson, Wyoming, as someone attempts to falsely collect money in the name of a local high school. from KPVI-TV

Seniors Fall Victim to Telephone Contest Scam
State police at Swiftwater have received several recent reports from senior citizens and their families about phone calls they received promising a large payoff for a small investment. from Pocono Record

Locals May Be Charged in Nigerian Internet Scam
After confiscating merchandise worth up to $20,000, the Wood County Sheriff's Department warns residents to be wary of Nigeria-based scams. from Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune

Source: Snopes.com

Category: FRAUD ALERTS
Posted on April 24, 2004 at 05:40 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

FRAUD ALERTS

Several new fraud alerts...

Businesses Hit by 'Health and Safety' Scam
Aberdeenshire businesses are being targeted by fraudsters claiming the firms need to send cheques to register to comply with health and safety rules. FULL STORY from The Press and Journal [pop up]

Alleged Lottery Scam in Lodi Takes Third Victim for $6,000
A Stockton woman has become the third to tell Lodi police that she was the victim of a lottery scam that bilks thousands of dollars from older, Hispanic women. FULL STORY from Lodi News-Sentinel [pop up]

Salem Police Issue Alert About Unusual Phone Tapping Scam
Salem police are issuing an alert about an unusual scam where a person illegally taps into outside business and residential phone junction boxes and then makes calls to 900 numbers. FULL STORY from KATU-TV, Salem [pop up]

Virginia Car Dealership Probed in Marines Scam
State regulators are looking into allegations that a Virginia used car dealership pressured young North Carolina service members into buying overpriced cars by offering them rides to the lot and then threatening to strand them there, hours away from base. FULL STORY from Associated Press [pop up]

Scam Warning
A scam is spreading around Jackson, Wyoming, as someone attempts to falsely collect money in the name of a local high school. FULL STORY from KPVI-TV [pop up]

Seniors Fall Victim to Telephone Contest Scam
State police at Swiftwater have received several recent reports from senior citizens and their families about phone calls they received promising a large payoff for a small investment. FULL STORY from Pocono Record [pop up]

Locals May Be Charged in Nigerian Internet Scam
After confiscating merchandise worth up to $20,000, the Wood County Sheriff's Department warns residents to be wary of Nigeria-based scams. FULL STORY from Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune [pop up]

Source: Snopes.com

Category: FRAUD ALERTS
Posted on April 24, 2004 at 05:40 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Three charged with identity theft [Sweet Home,OR]

Three Sweet Home residents were charged April 15 with identity theft after another resident reported more than $1,000 was fraudulently charged to her credit card account.

Charged were Ryan David Greer, 3350 Juniper: PCS meth, forgery I, fraudulent use of a credit card and identity theft.

Also charged were India Spring Hathaway, 17, of 3350 Juniper and Daniella Nichol Samard, 18, of 3204 Long: mail theft, identity theft, forgery I and fraudulent use of a credit card.

from Sweet Home New Era

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Posted on April 24, 2004 at 05:28 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Three charged with identity theft [Sweet Home,OR]

Three Sweet Home residents were charged April 15 with identity theft after another resident reported more than $1,000 was fraudulently charged to her credit card account.

Charged were Ryan David Greer, 3350 Juniper: PCS meth, forgery I, fraudulent use of a credit card and identity theft.

Also charged were India Spring Hathaway, 17, of 3350 Juniper and Daniella Nichol Samard, 18, of 3204 Long: mail theft, identity theft, forgery I and fraudulent use of a credit card.

FULL STORY from Sweet Home New Era [pop up]

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Posted on April 24, 2004 at 05:28 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Banks Start To Offer Free Identity Theft Insurance [MECHANICSBURG, Pa]

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. -- Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America.

While identity theft insurance has been around for years, some banks are now giving that insurance to their customers.

Victims of identity theft, in almost every case, are not held financially responsible for any charges made in their name, but when it comes to clearing their name and their credit record, victims are on their own and that will cost money.

That's where free identity theft insurance comes in for customers of PNC Bank.

from WGAL

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Posted on April 24, 2004 at 05:26 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Banks Start To Offer Free Identity Theft Insurance [MECHANICSBURG, Pa]

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. -- Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America.

While identity theft insurance has been around for years, some banks are now giving that insurance to their customers.

Victims of identity theft, in almost every case, are not held financially responsible for any charges made in their name, but when it comes to clearing their name and their credit record, victims are on their own and that will cost money.

That's where free identity theft insurance comes in for customers of PNC Bank.

FULL STORY from WGAL [pop up]

Category: Identity Theft News
Posted on April 24, 2004 at 05:26 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Man Allegedly Uses Murder Suspect's ID [LAFAYETTE, IN]

LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A man made a mistake by using a fake driver's license with the name of a person wanted for attempted murder.

Theodord Partida Ceja, 36, spent several hours in jail after he gave a state trooper who stopped him for speeding south of Lafayette an Indiana driver's license with the name Jose A. Fabela. A check of the license found that Fabela, 39, was wanted in Texas for attempted murder, police said.

from Yahoo!

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Posted on April 24, 2004 at 05:24 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Man Allegedly Uses Murder Suspect's ID [LAFAYETTE, IN]

LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A man made a mistake by using a fake driver's license with the name of a person wanted for attempted murder.

Theodord Partida Ceja, 36, spent several hours in jail after he gave a state trooper who stopped him for speeding south of Lafayette an Indiana driver's license with the name Jose A. Fabela. A check of the license found that Fabela, 39, was wanted in Texas for attempted murder, police said.

FULL STORY from Yahoo! [pop up]

Category: ID Theft News
Posted on April 24, 2004 at 05:24 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

New Identity Theft Scam [Savannah,GA]

You watch your credit cards, check your bank accounts, and still, it can happen to you. Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. Here's another spin: the Sullivan Group, a company that provides management and personnel services for other businesses, says someone's calling their customers, asking for personal information, like Social Security numbers.

This had the potential to be a real disaster. The Sullivan Group does business with about 200 companies that represent a total of 3,500 workers. Fortunately, the company learned what was going on early on and they think they were able to nip it in the bud.

from WTOC

Category: ID Theft News
Posted on April 24, 2004 at 05:23 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

New Identity Theft Scam [Savannah,GA]

You watch your credit cards, check your bank accounts, and still, it can happen to you. Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. Here's another spin: the Sullivan Group, a company that provides management and personnel services for other businesses, says someone's calling their customers, asking for personal information, like Social Security numbers.

This had the potential to be a real disaster. The Sullivan Group does business with about 200 companies that represent a total of 3,500 workers. Fortunately, the company learned what was going on early on and they think they were able to nip it in the bud.

FULL STORY from WTOC [pop up]

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Posted on April 24, 2004 at 05:23 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

IDENTITY THEFT SUSPECTS ARRESTED [Colorado Springs,CO]

Two Fremont County Brothers Arrested After Running Up Over $20,000 At Wal-Mart And Other Stores

29 YEAR OLD DONALD BROZEK OF PENROSE AND 24 YEAR OLD BRYAN BROZEK OF FLORENCE ARE BEING CHARGED WITH 84 COUNTS OF BANK FRAUD.

from KRDO

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Posted on April 24, 2004 at 05:20 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

IDENTITY THEFT SUSPECTS ARRESTED [Colorado Springs,CO]

Two Fremont County Brothers Arrested After Running Up Over $20,000 At Wal-Mart And Other Stores

29 YEAR OLD DONALD BROZEK OF PENROSE AND 24 YEAR OLD BRYAN BROZEK OF FLORENCE ARE BEING CHARGED WITH 84 COUNTS OF BANK FRAUD.

FULL STORY from KRDO [pop up]

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Posted on April 24, 2004 at 05:20 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Identity Theft Victim Takes Matter Into Own Hands [San Diego,CA]

'Steve' Tracks Down, Catches Imposter

SAN DIEGO -- A San Diego man basks in the glow of success after he catches his imposter. "Steve," as he wants to be identified, lost his wallet over a year ago.

He did everything he was supposed to do, including:

Canceling all credit cards.
Notifying the Department of Motor Vehicles and replacing his driver's license.
Posting alerts with credit bureaus and paying for a private credit warning service.
Notifying the Social Security Administration.

After taking all those precautions, Steve thought he was covered. But last week, Steve got a credit alert that someone had just purchased a car using his name and Social Security number. A touch of panic set in, but then Steve got mad -- and even.

from SanDiegoChannel.com

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Posted on April 24, 2004 at 05:19 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Identity Theft Victim Takes Matter Into Own Hands [San Diego,CA]

'Steve' Tracks Down, Catches Imposter

SAN DIEGO -- A San Diego man basks in the glow of success after he catches his imposter. "Steve," as he wants to be identified, lost his wallet over a year ago.

He did everything he was supposed to do, including:

Canceling all credit cards.
Notifying the Department of Motor Vehicles and replacing his driver's license.
Posting alerts with credit bureaus and paying for a private credit warning service.
Notifying the Social Security Administration.

After taking all those precautions, Steve thought he was covered. But last week, Steve got a credit alert that someone had just purchased a car using his name and Social Security number. A touch of panic set in, but then Steve got mad -- and even.

FULL STORY from SanDiegoChannel.com [pop up]

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Posted on April 24, 2004 at 05:19 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

DISTRICT Attorney Becomes Identity Theft Victim [Houston,TX]

HOUSTON -- An identity theft suspect picked the wrong victim to steal from--Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal, News2Houston reported.

from Click2Houston.com

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Posted on April 24, 2004 at 05:16 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

DISTRICT Attorney Becomes Identity Theft Victim [Houston,TX]

HOUSTON -- An identity theft suspect picked the wrong victim to steal from--Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal, News2Houston reported.

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Posted on April 24, 2004 at 05:16 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

7 people convicted in identity theft ring [Minnetonka,MN]

Seven people have been convicted in an identity theft ring involving patients’ Social Security numbers stolen from Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Park Nicollet Clinic.

Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar issued a news release April 14 announcing the conviction of the seventh and final member of the group, who was also the ringleader. Rossco Antonieo Ross, 25, of Anoka, was convicted of three felony counts involving identity theft and theft by swindle. His sentencing is set for June 8.

Other ring members are also in the process of being sentenced:

Arnanza Lamonteza Cork, 24, of Minneapolis, French Demarrow Patton, 24, of Hopkins, Deidre Renee Malone, 23, of Minnetonka, Benjamin Perry Richardson, Jr., 23, Monaca Monique Gholson, 26, of Hopkins, Theresa Lee Timberlake, 29, of St. Paul.

from Minnetonka Sun Sailor

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Posted on April 24, 2004 at 05:14 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

7 people convicted in identity theft ring [Minnetonka,MN]

Seven people have been convicted in an identity theft ring involving patients’ Social Security numbers stolen from Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Park Nicollet Clinic.

Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar issued a news release April 14 announcing the conviction of the seventh and final member of the group, who was also the ringleader. Rossco Antonieo Ross, 25, of Anoka, was convicted of three felony counts involving identity theft and theft by swindle. His sentencing is set for June 8.

Other ring members are also in the process of being sentenced:

Arnanza Lamonteza Cork, 24, of Minneapolis, French Demarrow Patton, 24, of Hopkins, Deidre Renee Malone, 23, of Minnetonka, Benjamin Perry Richardson, Jr., 23, Monaca Monique Gholson, 26, of Hopkins, Theresa Lee Timberlake, 29, of St. Paul.

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Posted on April 24, 2004 at 05:14 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

DMV Identity Theft Team [Las Vegas,NV]

A popular place for identity theft has been at local DMV offices. But that's starting to change.

The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles has established its own enforcement unit to stop the crime. The document fraud unit has been in place for six months now. It consists of four investigators and a document examiner.

from KLAS

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Posted on April 24, 2004 at 05:12 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

DMV Identity Theft Team [Las Vegas,NV]

A popular place for identity theft has been at local DMV offices. But that's starting to change.

The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles has established its own enforcement unit to stop the crime. The document fraud unit has been in place for six months now. It consists of four investigators and a document examiner.

FULL STORY from KLAS [pop up]

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Posted on April 24, 2004 at 05:12 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Identity theft scam thwarted by police [Towson,MD]

Parkville police arrested a Baltimore City man April 14 for his role in an identity theft scam involving results from lab tests at Franklin Square Hospital Center.

Due to the nature of the crime, there was nothing the victims could have done to protect themselves, said Detective David Donnelly of the Investigative Services Unit at Parkville's Precinct 8.

Acres A. Bradshaw, 18, of the 5000 block of Loch Raven Boulevard, was arrested and charged with identity theft, grand theft and a theft scheme after allegedly stealing the medical records of more than 20 Franklin Square patients in early March.

from Maryland Northeast Reporter

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Posted on April 24, 2004 at 05:10 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Identity theft scam thwarted by police [Towson,MD]

Parkville police arrested a Baltimore City man April 14 for his role in an identity theft scam involving results from lab tests at Franklin Square Hospital Center.

Due to the nature of the crime, there was nothing the victims could have done to protect themselves, said Detective David Donnelly of the Investigative Services Unit at Parkville's Precinct 8.

Acres A. Bradshaw, 18, of the 5000 block of Loch Raven Boulevard, was arrested and charged with identity theft, grand theft and a theft scheme after allegedly stealing the medical records of more than 20 Franklin Square patients in early March.

FULL STORY from Maryland Northeast Reporter [pop up]

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Posted on April 24, 2004 at 05:10 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

FRAUD ALERT: Verizon Warns of On-Line 'Phishing' Scam

Newest Scam Involves Attempts to Collect Credit Card Numbers and Other Sensitive Information Through Fake Verizon Web Site

NEW YORK, April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon customers should be aware of a new wave of scams that try to pry personal information from consumers, which can lead to identity theft and other crimes.

The newest scam involves an authentic-looking e-mail from someone posing as a Verizon representative. The e-mail asks Verizon customers to update their personal billing information -- such as credit-card or social security numbers -- and directs them to a Web site that is designed to look like a Verizon Web site. The phony Web site is actually operated by the scammers. The e-mail falsely warns the consumer that in order to continue receiving Verizon services, he or she must visit the fake Web site and avoid paying a "processing" fee by updating personal and account information. Verizon does not do business in this fashion, nor does the company charge consumers to update their information.

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Posted on April 22, 2004 at 06:19 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

FRAUD ALERT: Verizon Warns of On-Line 'Phishing' Scam

Newest Scam Involves Attempts to Collect Credit Card Numbers and Other Sensitive Information Through Fake Verizon Web Site

NEW YORK, April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon customers should be aware of a new wave of scams that try to pry personal information from consumers, which can lead to identity theft and other crimes.

The newest scam involves an authentic-looking e-mail from someone posing as a Verizon representative. The e-mail asks Verizon customers to update their personal billing information -- such as credit-card or social security numbers -- and directs them to a Web site that is designed to look like a Verizon Web site. The phony Web site is actually operated by the scammers. The e-mail falsely warns the consumer that in order to continue receiving Verizon services, he or she must visit the fake Web site and avoid paying a "processing" fee by updating personal and account information. Verizon does not do business in this fashion, nor does the company charge consumers to update their information.

FULL STORY from Yahoo! [pop up]

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Posted on April 22, 2004 at 06:19 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack