Archive for May, 2014

High-tech wallet revealed as latest identity theft defense

Friday, May 30th, 2014

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EXCLUSIVE: Wannabe rapper busted as part of 25-member identity theft ring

Friday, May 30th, 2014
Carlton Carter, 30, allegedly pretended to be a construction worker at a New Jersey TD Bank and ripped off an actual contractor, according to papers filed by the Manhattan District Attorney.YouTube/YouTube Carlton Carter, 30, allegedly pretended to be a construction worker at a New Jersey TD Bank and ripped off an actual contractor, according to papers filed by the Manhattan District Attorney.

A wannabe rapper who had about 300 pairs of Air Jordans when he was busted as part of a 25-member identity theft ring, the Daily News has learned.

“S**t like taking candy from a baby… I had the neon s**t, the vest, hanging from the waist like it was a bandana,” Carlton Carter, said in an intercepted call on Feb. 25, after he pretended to be a construction worker at a New Jersey TD Bank and ripped off an actual contractor, according to papers filed by the Manhattan District Attorney.

The stunt was uncovered as part of a probe into a roughly $80,000 swindle involving over a dozen Manhattan banks – mostly Chase and Citibank – that culminated in dozens of collars Tuesday. Carter, 30, and his cohorts are expected to appear in Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday.

Defendant Carlton Carter a/k/a Pop a/k/a Paper Ova. The defendants engaged in an ongoing scheme to defraud J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, Citibank, TD Bank, Wells Fargo Bank and other financial institutions from August 6, 2013 through April 10, 2014. The def The stunt was uncovered as part of a probe into a roughly $80,000 swindle involving over a dozen Manhattan banks – mostly Chase and Citibank – that culminated in dozens of collars Tuesday.

Through search warrants, the DA and NYPD recovered weapons, ammunition, $100,000 in cash, kilos of heroin and other incriminating finds from members of the ring, authorities said.

In the 36-count ID theft case, the defendants face scheme to defraud, grand larceny, criminal facilitation and a litany of other counts. The accused swindlers were allegedly instructed by Carter to wear disguises as they deposited and cashed bogus checks, sometimes using stolen accounts and fake IDs.

Thomas Luckey is a defendant involved in pills and check/bank fraud. The defendants engaged in an ongoing scheme to defraud J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, Citibank, TD Bank, Wells Fargo Bank and other financial institutions from August 6, 2013 through April 10, In the 36-count ID theft case, the defendants face scheme to defraud, grand larceny, criminal facilitation and a litany of other counts. The accused swindlers were allegedly instructed by Carter to wear disguises as they deposited and cashed bogus checks, sometimes using stolen accounts and fake IDs.

In Carter’s low-budget YouTube music video called “Shoppin,” he is being dragged around by a floor length fur wearing woman in a mini-skirt – who is taking him to Louis Vuitton and other high end retailers on Fifth Ave. as he rhymes his complaints about money-hungry women.

Authorities believe any money he had in reality would have come from defrauding local branches of major banks. Carter and his accomplices got victim’s account numbers from Melissa Peguro, a Pay-O-Matic employee in the Bronx who was also charged.

Defendant Carlton Carter a/k/a Pop a/k/a Paper Ova. The defendants engaged in an ongoing scheme to defraud J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, Citibank, TD Bank, Wells Fargo Bank and other financial institutions from August 6, 2013 through April 10, 2014. The def Carter and his cohorts are expected to appear in Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday.

At least 45 bank accounts have been compromised.

In a parallel drug case allegedly headed by Carter’s bank fraud partner Thomas Luckey, 14 others were charged with dealing street drugs and acquiring thousands of prescription pills like Oxycodone per month in what is believed to be the first major prescription drug ring operating in Harlem.

Through search warrants, the DA and NYPD recovered weapons, ammunition, $100,000 in cash, kilos of heroin and other incriminating finds from members of the ring, authorities said.YouTube/YouTube Through search warrants, the DA and NYPD recovered weapons, ammunition, $100,000 in cash, kilos of heroin and other incriminating finds from members of the ring, authorities said.

The crew was allegedly filling a steady stream of bogus prescriptions through the now-shuttered ProHealth Pharmacy in Jackson Heights with the help of alleged inside man John Babajhanov, 20.

It is not immediately clear whether doctors had their prescription pads heisted — or if they were in on the scam.

NYC PAPERS OUT. Social media use restricted to low res file max 184 x 128 pixels and 72 dpiJefferson Siegel District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said criminals are following the money wherever it leads them.

District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said criminals are following the money wherever it leads them.

“These crimes are merging as thieves are realizing that they they’re looking for money they’re selling drugs,” Vance said. “At the same time they’re opportunistic and they’re going to get easy money by creating forged ids and forged checks.”

Article source: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/exclusive-rapper-busted-identity-theft-ring-article-1.1809371

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Virginia man charged with identity theft and possession of false ID

Thursday, May 29th, 2014


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Virginia man charged with identity theft and possession of false ID

MOUNT LAUREL — A Virginia man was charged May 21 with trying to fraudulently purchase three iPhones with a corporate account that he wasn’t authorized to use, police said Wednesday.


Mohebullah Mutahedy, 29, of Ashburn, is accused of attempting the fraud at the Verizon store on Nixon Drive. After officers were called, Mutahedy also presented a fake Virginia driver’s license.

He was charged with identity theft and possession of false government identification. He was placed in the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly on $20,000 bail.

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Don’t fall prey to medical identity theft

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

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Man arrested after allegedly claiming identity theft to avoid paying back loans

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Baker, Chris

CANADIAN COUNTY, Okla. – On Wednesday, investigators with the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office traveled to Sherman Texas and back to transport Christopher Baker, 39, on charges associated with fraud.

Investigators say they first began looking into the former Yukon man’s activity in March of 2014 when the Sheriff’s Office was informed of Baker’s false identity theft claims.

The Experian Credit Reporting Bureau reported they believed Baker had borrowed money from various financial institutions for luxury items and then defaulted on the loans.

Authorities say when creditors began the recovery process for financial losses, Baker claimed he was the victim of identity theft in order to not be held responsible.

According to the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office, Baker would file police reports alleging he was the victim of identity theft time and time again.

Canadian County Sheriff Randall Edwards said, “Baker’s false claims of identity theft only further victimizes legitimate claims of these types of crimes.”

Authorities say Baker also claimed to be an attorney while applying for the loans he later defaulted on.

After searching Baker’s residence, investigators say they located documents, and business cards indicating Baker was indeed an attorney.

Investigators say Baker even told them he was a graduate of the DePaul School of Law in 2004.

Investigators learned that it was impossible for Baker to have graduated from DePaul in 2004, as he was actually incarcerated in the Kansas Department of Corrections from 2002 to 2004.

During the search of Baker’s residence investigators located numerous other questionable documents, and seized several electronic devices including computers, cell phones, and tablets from the home for forensic examination.

Edwards said, “There’s no telling how many people and financial institutions this man has lied to and stolen from.  I’m thrilled he’s finally been exposed for the fraud that he truly is.”

Baker arrived to the Canadian County Jail this afternoon and was booked on charges of violation of the computer crimes act, three counts of forgery in the second degree, possession of forged instrument and for false reporting of a crime of criminal offenses.

His bond has been set at $125,000.

 

Article source: http://kfor.com/2014/05/28/man-arrested-after-allegedly-claiming-identity-theft-to-avoid-paying-back-loans/

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Identity Theft Could Soon Be A Reality For eBay Users

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

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Identity theft is a constant concern for those who entrust their personal information to Internet companies. Now millions of users are at risk following a massive cyber-attack that recently hit eBay.

Last week, we reported that eBay was hit by a massive cyber-attack when hackers broke into the company’s database that hold customers’ personal information. While no financial information was taken, customers’ email addresses, passwords and physical addresses were exposed. Skilled hackers can use this information to gain access to more personal information through social engineering tactics.

As with most major cyber attacks, eBay can’t do much now that the damage is done. What it can do is ask that its customers change their passwords:

EBay users will be notified via email, site communications and other marketing channels to change their password. In addition to asking users to change their eBay password, the company said it also is encouraging any eBay user who utilized the same password on other sites to change those passwords, too. The same password should never be used across multiple sites or accounts.

Unfortunately, the hackers didn’t just take user information. Ebay reports that that the hackers also took some employee log-in credentials. There’s no indication that this information was used to access databases that may contain more sensitive information, but eBay is working with law enforcement to bring in those responsible.

As you can imagine, people are not pleased with eBay at the moment. Much like the Target hack of last year, Attorneys General from various states are now opening up investigations to see if eBay could have done more to protect user information. The Attorneys General will also be looking into how eBay is planning to prevent future attacks.

“My office will be looking into the circumstances surrounding this breach as well as the steps eBay is taking to prevent any future incidents,” said Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen. “However, the most important step for consumers to take right now is to change their password and to choose a strong, unique password that is not easily guessed.”

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GHC Alumni Association offers free identity theft and fraud workshops

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

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Posted: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 9:59 am

GHC Alumni Association offers free identity theft and fraud workshops

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It’s a risk you face every day. Simply by carrying your credit card and driver’s license, buying lunch with a debit card or making a purchase online, you could be exposing yourself to identity theft — one of the fastest-growing crimes in the world. In fact, according to the most recent Federal Trade Commission study, approximately 9 million Americans fall victim to identity theft each year. Join us for QA session on protecting yourself or a loved one from Identity Theft or Fraud.

This workshop is sponsored by the Georgia Highlands College Alumni Association in partnership with Liberty Mutual Insurance.

WHEN: Thursday, June 10, 2014 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm in Rome. (Registration deadline is June 5th)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm in Cartersville. (June 24th Registration deadline is June 19th)

WHERE: Georgia Highlands College – James D. Maddox Heritage Hall, Centre Stage, 415 E. 3rd Ave at Glen Milner Blvd, Rome

Georgia Highlands College – Cartersville Campus, Student Center 5441 Hwy 20 NE, Cartersville

COST: FREE – but registration is required.

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Davich: A reminder on preventing ID theft – Post

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

JERRY DAVICH

May 27, 2014 10:58PM

Jerry Davich.

Find help

Do you believe you are the target of a scam? Report the fraudulent activity to police and visit this Indiana Attorney General website to fill out a complaint — www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/2895.htm. The number is (800) 382-5516.

The office also has a victim’s kit: www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/2409.htm.

You should also report the attempted crime to the Federal Trade Commission, at www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0014-identity-theft or call (877) ID-THEFT.






Updated: May 28, 2014 2:02AM

What’s the first thing you think of, or first thing you do, when you hear the phrase “identity theft?”

Me? I change the passwords on my many accounts, from banking and credit cards to health care and utilities. It’s a never-ending, round-robin rotation system to stay one step ahead of scammers, hackers and criminals. Or so I tell myself.

Last week I received yet another email from that same Nigerian prince who wants to transfer funds to me, asking only for some financial information from me. What a guy. What a deal. What a running joke, right?

“The reality is that these scams continue because they work,” Porter County Prosecutor Brian Gensel said. “With the recent proliferation of debit card and credit card data breaches, nearly everyone has a story to tell of how they have been victimized.”

This includes Gensel, whose credit card information has been “compromised” on two different occasions, he admitted in a news release.

This also includes the husband of state Rep. Shelli VanDenburgh, D-Crown Point, who was a recent victim of identity theft.

“My husband had his ID information stolen,” she said in a statement. “When that happens, everything is at risk. Your finances, your Social Security retirement, your credit rating and even your reputation are all put into jeopardy.”

Reversing the damage done, if even possible, is costly, time-consuming and frustrating, as anyone knows who has had their identity stolen.

“Identity theft turns your world inside out,” VanDenburgh said.

She received a call from a scammer who portrayed himself as a “Microsoft technician,” saying her computer had become infected with a virus. He needed her to turn it on.

“The man was very persistent,” she said.

He even provided her with a toll-free number to call to confirm that he was from Microsoft and a Bloomington-based address. Lies, all lies.

“The truth is Microsoft officials would never call and insist they need you to turn your computer on,” VanDenburgh said. “I’ve heard of other schemes where the scammers attempt to get an individual to go to a particular site that will give the scammers remote access to the computer so they can make changes to the settings, which causes your computer to become vulnerable.”

Other crooks scare you into installing “anti-security” malware so they can steal your sensitive information, such as passwords and user names.

“The scams are becoming more and more sophisticated, so computer users must be cautious at all times,” she noted. “Unfortunately, scammers use throwaway cellphones so they are extremely difficult to trace.”

Gensel warns about scammers who call hotels around checkout time and ask to be connected to one of the rooms. They represent themselves as being from the front desk and say there is confusion regarding the hotel guest’s credit card information.

“Can you please repeat your credit card info so I can confirm it with our hotel records?” the crook asks the hotel guest.

Would you bite? I might.

That stolen credit card number (and three-digit security code on the back of the card) is used to buy items, services or merchandise anywhere in the world.

“Credit card numbers are ‘grabbed’ through sophisticated syndicates, such as the Target breach, or more simply through devices carried by food service workers or installed on ATMs or gas pumps,” Gensel wrote in the release. “Never respond to an email or text or phone call asking you for credit card or bank account information. Simply say that you will call the credit card company at the number on the back of the card.”

I give VanDenburgh a lot of credit for coming forward and publicly admitting that her husband was victimized. Same with Gensel. It shows that this cybercrime can happen to anyone.

They both also offered sound suggestions how to avoid being ripped off regarding identity theft and cybercrimes.

“First of all, don’t ever give control of your computer to a third party whom you don’t know,” VanDenburgh said.

Also, don’t rely on caller ID to authenticate a caller because criminals can use phony caller ID numbers that look legitimate. And don’t expect online searches to determine the authenticity of a technical support specialist or company.

“If an unsolicited caller tries to pressure you into buying a computer security product or says there is a subscription fee associated with the call, hang up immediately,” VanDenburgh. “Call your security software company directly.”

In my nearly 20 years in the newspaper business, I’ve written too many columns and stories about victims who were just plain gullible, even irresponsible, about “free trial” offers and fraud schemes involving lottery winnings, disaster relief, credit and home repair, work-from-home jobs and phony debt collectors. The list goes on.

VanDenburgh offers these tips:

Beware of “phishing” emails that appear to be from banks and sometimes other businesses. They try to get your account information, Social Security number, passwords and other critical information.

Keep your laptop secure and don’t leave it out of sight in public places.

Update your anti-virus and anti-spyware software.

Make sure your passwords contain numbers and symbols as well as upper- and lower-case letters. (My passwords often look like pure nonsense but rank “high” on their protective strength.)

Avoid proper names and common words and don’t use the same passwords for different accounts.

Don’t let a web browser remember your passwords.

“The best advice I can give is to be protective of your identity and financial information, check your credit report to see if you have unauthorized credit cards or loans, use credit cards instead of debit cards,” according to Gensel.

Fortunately, the best advice regarding dollars and cents remains common sense.

“If an investment seems too good to be true, it is,” Gensel wrote.

I don’t know about you, but I just changed my passwords. Again.

Article source: http://posttrib.suntimes.com/27678369-537/davich-a-reminder-on-preventing-id-theft.html

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4 ID theft suspects jailed after AZ woman denied food stamps

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

PHOENIX (CBS5) –

Six ID theft suspects used a woman’s identity to try to gain employment at six different businesses in the Phoenix area, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said.

Four of those suspects, identified as undocumented immigrants, were arrested by MCSO’s Criminal Employment Squad and booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on multiple counts of aggravated identity theft and forgery.

The investigation began after the victim alerted MCSO that she had been turned down for food stamps because of earned wages reported to the state.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio said the six suspects were using the same stolen identity at six different places of employment.

Sheriff’s detectives served search warrants at four of those locations. They are Chompies in Tempe, Zipps Bar and Grill in Tempe, Bradford Allen in Tempe and Best Western in Guadalupe.

“These ID theft cases are not victimless,” Arpaio said. “The past operations have resulted in families being denied money for food, and that is a serious issue.”

The suspects arrested are Eva Maria Lucio-Diaz, 38; Martha Patricia Gonzalez-Florez, 38; Letecia Diaz-Jimeniz, 41; and Alicia Surrano-Frias, 38.  

MCSPO said the suspects have admitted that they knowingly used the stolen identity of the victim for work.

The remaining suspects are still under investigation.

Last week’s arrests marks MCSO’s seventh Criminal employment/ID theft investigation since the beginning of the year. Nineteen suspects in all have been arrested in 2014.

Copyright 2014 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

Article source: http://www.kpho.com/story/25622433/4-id-theft-suspects-jailed-after-az-woman-denied-food-stamps

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Don’t fall prey to medical identity theft

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

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Don’t fall prey to medical identity theft

by Jason Alderman

Mission Publishing Group, LLC

By now, most people know about the perils of identity theft, where someone steals your personal or financial account information and makes fraudulent charges or opens bogus accounts in your name.

Lately, a not-so-new twist has been getting a lot of attention – medical identity theft. That’s where someone gains access to your health insurance or Medicare account information and uses it to submit phony insurance claims, obtain prescription drugs or medical devices, or get medical treatment in your name.

Besides its high cost, medical ID theft also can have deadly consequences: Suppose someone poses as you and gets an appendectomy; if you later entered the hospital with abdominal pain, your medical file would show that your appendix was already removed and you could be tragically misdiagnosed.

Here are a few tips for avoiding medical ID fraud and steps to take if it happens:

Your medical files are often full of information ID thieves crave: account numbers for Social Security, health insurance, Medicare or Medicaid, contact information, email address, etc. All it takes is one stolen employee laptop or an intercepted piece of mail or email to leave you vulnerable.

Sophisticated thieves will also hack computer networks of insurance companies, pharmacies, medical equipment suppliers and others who have access to your medical records. And unfortunately, the black market for stolen information is so tempting that employees have been known to steal data.

Common signs of medical identity theft include:

  • Provider bills or insurance Explanation of Benefits (EOB) forms that reference medical services you didn’t receive. (Verify all dates, providers and treatments and look for duplicate billing.)
  • Calls from debt collectors about unfamiliar bills.
  • Medical collection notices on your credit report.

Just as you shouldn’t hesitate to ask your doctor or nurse whether they washed their hands, so you should feel free to ask what security precautions their business office takes to protect your information. Here are a few preventive measures to take:

  • Never reveal personal or account information during unsolicited calls or emails.
  • Be suspicious if someone offers you free medical equipment or services and then requests your Medicare number.
  • Never let people borrow your Medicare or insurance card to obtain services for themselves. Not only is this illegal, but it could be disastrous if your medical histories become intermingled (think about differing allergies, blood types, etc.)
  • Regularly check your credit reports for unpaid bills for unfamiliar medical services or equipment. This could indicate someone has opened a new insurance policy using your identity and is running up charges.

If you suspect or know your information has been compromised, ask for copies of your medical records from each doctor, hospital, pharmacy, lab or health plan where a thief may have used your information. Also request a copy of their “Accounting of Disclosures” form, which lists everyone who got copies of your medical records.

Next, write them all by certified mail explaining which information is inaccurate, along with copies of documents supporting your position. Ask them to correct or delete all errors and to inform everyone they may have sent records to (labs, other doctors, hospitals, etc.) Keep copies of all correspondence and logs of all phone calls or other related activities.

You can also file a police report and contact the fraud units at the three major credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. You may want to place a fraud alert or freeze on your accounts. Visit the Federal Trade Commission’s Identity Theft site for more information (www.consumer.ftc.gov).

Jason Alderman directs Visa’s financial education programs. To Follow Jason Alderman on Twitter: www.twitter.com/PracticalMoney

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