Archive for the 'Identity Theft Stories' Category

MySpace Data Breached by Employee

Social media has been the hottest trend on the internet. With new social networking websites coming along at every turn, it’s hard to keep up with the latest networking trend. Some really hot websites that we hear about often are: Twitter, Facebook and MySpace. Employees of MySpace have recently been included in the most recent […]

Florida Man charged with identity theft at Huntsville Wal-Mart

A Florida man was arrested last week and charged with identity theft after being spotted acting suspiciously at the Huntsville Wal-Mart. Fernando Martinez, 32, a Cuban national with a current address in Florida, caught the eye of Wal-Mart loss prevention officers on April 16 at approximately 4:15 p.m. while he attempted to use several credit […]

Wisconsin Resident Falls Victim To Identity Theft

One Beloit, Wisconsin woman thought she was taking the necessary steps to protect herself against identity theft but was surprised to find out that it wasn’t enough. According to AARP, identity theft in 2008 increased 12 percent for Wisconsin residents. Judy Joslin-Crary said she shredded documents, refused preapproved credit applications and refused to talk to […]

Times Are Tough So Scam Someone!

I’m sure you are tired of hearing that hard economic times cause crime and scam rates to go up. This seems to make sense and identity theft is no exception to the rule. I don’t know what causes people to take advantage of people during hard times, but it’s even worse when people take advantage […]

Leaked Medical Records Common on P2P Networks

If there’s anything worse than having your personal information leaked online, it’s finding your personal information along with your medical records leaked online. Unfortunately, the latter is more common than you might think. Over the course of a two-week study by Dartmouth College, researchers found a wide range of sensitive documents, from a spreadsheet of […]

Elderly woman gets identity stolen, then large phone sex bill

Eighty-six-year-old Arlene Hald says she never called a phone sex line. And certainly didn’t make $1,000 worth of sex calls. The Washington state widow recently received a credit card bill addressed to her husband, Sylvester. He died nearly 20 years ago. Her family suspects it’s a case of identity theft. The billing company, Preferred Platinum […]

Identity Theft Up, But Costs Fall Sharply

The number of Americans ensnared by identity theft is on the rise, but victims are striking back more quickly and limiting how much is stolen. In 2008, the number of identity theft cases jumped 22 percent to 9.9 million, according to a study released Monday by Javelin Strategy & Research. The good news is that […] alerts users to third data breach in less than 2 years

As if job searching in this economy isn’t discouraging enough, those seeking jobs through have been notified that yet another data breach has put users at risk of identity theft. posted a warning to their users on their website Friday. Hackers were able to access user IDs, passwords, names, e-mail addresses, birth dates, […]

Payment Processor Breach May Be Largest Ever

A data breach last year at Princeton, N.J., payment processor Heartland Payment Systems may have compromised tens of millions of credit and debit card transactions, the company said today. If accurate, such figures may make the Heartland incident one of the largest data breaches ever reported. Robert Baldwin, Heartland’s president and chief financial officer, said […]

Unemployed A Big Spam/Phishing Target In 2009

Expect more sophisticated spamming in 2009. And thanks to the economy, an increase in scams targeting the down and out, the tax-rebate hopeful, and the noble yet digitally naïve pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps market. Also likely on the increase is abuse of free web-hosting and blogging services like Google’s Blogspot, according to McAfee’s January Spam Report, which analyzes […]