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MonitorMyScore™ Selects IDT911™ to Provide Identity Monitoring and Identity Theft Resolution Services to Customers

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Aug. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — IDT911™ has been chosen by MonitorMyScoreTM to provide customers with access to identity monitoring and resolution services to protect themselves against identity theft. Through the partnership, MonitorMyScore customers have 24/7 access to fraud specialists to proactively prepare for and resolve various identity theft situations. Combined with credit monitoring through MonitorMyScore, customers will have comprehensive protection of their identity and notification of changes or misuse of personal, private information. Customers also have access to identity theft reimbursement coverage up to $1 million to cover expenses associated with repairing their identity, like legal fees, lost wages, and more.

Identity theft can damage life goals.
The ever-increasing threat of identity theft means customers can be seriously impacted throughout all facets of life. Social engineering schemes like phishing could take down an individual’s computer, causing loss of precious pictures and sensitive documents. A fraudulently filed tax return by a thief means the taxpayer may not receive the money rightfully owed to them for months. A young adult can be rejected to receive student aid or an apartment from years of fraudulent SSN misuse when they were a child.  Or, a hopeful homeowner can be denied a mortgage because of poor credit caused by an identity thief.

“As identity theft continues to shift from financial gain to malicious abuse like employment ID theft or medical ID theft for patient services, so must the ways we monitor a customer’s identity health and well-being,” said George Vuckovich, CEO, MonitorMyScore. “Traditional credit monitoring is not enough. I’m excited to partner with IDT911 to provide their identity monitoring and resolution services to complement our robust credit monitoring platform for a comprehensive solution. Together, customers can rest assured in knowing their reputation and personal and credit information is always our top priority.”

Skilled in fighting-fraud, efficient in resolving it.
IDT911 fraud experts have an average of ten years of fraud resolution experience and are available 24/7. The company has been awarded a number of customer service honors and the IDT911 Resolution Center receives top marks in customer satisfaction from resolution victims, achieving 99-percent satisfaction rates or higher since 2010.

For more information about IDT911, please visit IDT911.com.

About MonitorMyScore
MonitorMyScoreTM provides comprehensive identity theft protection solutions designed to protect consumers’ personal data and empower them to make educated decisions about their financial lives. We passionately strive to offer services that our customers can use daily and that help them to be better educated and that have a positive impact on their financial health. We use advanced technology and align ourselves with strategic partners that share our values and vision. This approach results in a consumer-centric brand offering tools, education and a strong focus on the user experience.

We demonstrate our commitment by ensuring that our services and systems are built to meet the demanding needs of an evolving marketplace and the changing needs of our customers.  

For more information about MonitorMyScore, please visit www.monitormyscore.com

About IDT911™
IDT911™ is the leading provider of services that help businesses and their customers defend against data breaches and identity theft. IDT911’s unique approach—delivering proactive protection, preventive education, and swift resolution—offers unrivaled support for more than 660 client partners and 17.5 million households. Through IDT911 Consulting™, IDT911 delivers information security and data privacy expertise to help businesses avert and respond to data loss. Based in Scottsdale, Ariz., the company has several locations in the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Ireland to serve partners in Europe.   

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Article source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/monitormyscore-selects-idt911-identity-monitoring-120000089.html

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Identity theft, meth allegations filed against Andrea Schneider while on pretrial release in racketeering case

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Andrea Schneider, sought on a warrant for failing to follow her release conditions pending trial on racketeering charges, had to be forced by police from a locked bathroom in her parents’ motor home and was found attempting to swallow heroin, according to police and prosecutors.

Law enforcement officers also discovered methamphetamine and another woman’s stolen driver’s license and bank card in a backpack in Schneider’s possession, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court Tuesday afternoon.

Schneider, 26, now faces new allegations of identity theft and possession of methamphetamine.

She was taken into custody Friday afternoon on the warrant for violating her release conditions once she was located at her parents’ RV home on North Hayden Island Drive. Before being booked into jail, Schneider was first transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment because she had told authorities that she had swallowed heroin, deputy district attorney Kevin Demer wrote in the affidavit.

Portland police Det. Travis Fields and Multnomah County Sgt. Tim Wonocott searched Schneider’s backpack and found hypodermic needles, a bag of methamphetamine, cotton balls with heroin residue and a digital scale covered with drug residue, and another woman’s driver’s license, the affidavit said.

The license, police learned, had been stolen from a woman who left it in a bag placed in an unsecured locker at the Mt. Scott Community Center while she was showering on July 16. The woman made an online report to police that day regarding the theft of her bag containing her driver’s license and U.S. Bank debit card. Schneider had attempted to obtain a credit card using the stolen identification, the affidavit said.

Schneider’s mother, Kimberly Schneider, appeared in court Monday afternoon, and pleaded not guilty to one count of hindering prosecution. Police allege the mother was harboring her daughter at her RV home. An officer had alerted Kimberly Schneider on July 26 that an arrest warrant had been issued for her daughter, and that police had concern about her daughter’s mental stability. Kimberly Schneider told police then her daughter was fine but she’d tell her to turn herself in, the affidavit said.

Andrea Schneider was charged in 2014 with two counts of racketeering, 24 counts of unauthorized use of a vehicle, 23 counts of possession of a stolen vehicle, 23 counts of first-degree theft and 21 counts of illegal salvage procedures.

Her father, Tony Schneider Sr., two brothers and other co-defendants are accused of paying cash to buy stolen cars from across the Portland metropolitan area and then crushing them for metal at two auto yards on North Columbia Boulevard. Police and prosecutors said a network of illegal tow truck drivers hauled more than 100 cars off area streets and delivered them to the auto yards. The car dismantlers would destroy the cars without titles or ownership documents as required by state law, prosecutors said.

Trials are scheduled in September and October.

— Maxine Bernstein

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Article source: http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2016/08/identity_theft_meth_allegation.html

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Medical identity theft is on the rise, Consumer Reports offers t …

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

An FBI agent’s court testimony alleges that Brittanee Drexel, a teen missing from Myrtle Beach since 2009, was abducted, gang-raped at “stash house” in the McClellanville area, shot after trying to escape, and then her body was fed to gators.

Article source: http://www.wsfa.com/story/32903079/medical-identity-theft-is-on-the-rise-consumer-reports-offers-tips-to-avoid-it

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Mother says daughter is victim of child identity theft | ABC10.com

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

It turns out numbers can be very dangerous things.Not when they’re all alone. It’s when they start hanging out in groups — groups of nine to be exact. Aug. 29, 2016

Article source: http://www.abc10.com/news/local/sacramento/mother-says-daughter-is-victim-of-child-identity-theft/310985336

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Woman pleads guilty for part in ID-theft scheme that ensnared ‘Smallville’ actress

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

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Do your grandparents a favor when it comes to identity theft …

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
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Sept. 11 is National Grandparents Day. OK, I’m sure that you’re tired of all of these holidays for every thing and everyone under the sun, but really, can you deny your grandparents their own day? Really?

There are many ways in which you can celebrate it, but I’m thinking beyond the early bird dinner special. I propose a good way to make the most of the day — sit down with them and have a chat. There are many things that I’m sure that you need to catch up on with your grandparents, but I’d recommend that you spend a little time discussing with them the danger of identity theft.

I’m not a grandparent yet, and unfortunately, my beloved grandparents are long gone from this earth, but I know a thing or two about identity theft. You see, I was a victim of it last year, and I’ve seen how arduous the task is to regain your identity after it happens. A recent book by financial planner Robert Ryerson (who is also a Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist) called “What’s the Deal with Identity Theft?“, addresses the reality that victims of identity theft fight an uphill battle to correct the wrongs created by identity thieves. Although the book provides some great tips on how to prevent it, the book also shows how identity theft doesn’t discriminate as children and the elderly have become easy targets for these criminals.

When you’re having that discussion with your grandparents, you want to remind them that according to the Department of Justice, the number of elderly victims of identity theft increased from 2.1 million in 2012 to 2.6 million in 2014. There can be numerous reasons for this, including the fact that many seniors often live alone and crave companionship (another good reason to sit down and spend some time with them), and also have fading memories, which makes them easy pray for identity thieves who take advantage of their loneliness and vulnerability.

The concern about their cognitive abilities has been documented including studies by Professor Michael Finke and the Center for Retirement Research at Boston University, which found that older people gradually but steadily lose their ability to make sound financial decisions as they age. According to the research, the ability to understand financial concepts and apply them properly peaks in the mid-50s and declines by 1% per year after age 60. Ironically, the study found that confidence in financial decision making and investing ability remained constant or actually increased.

Declining aptitude and overconfidence is a bad combination and could spell trouble if seniors and their family members don’t take precautionary measures, such as financial and estate planning, to avoid vulnerabilities. Another precautionary measure is to have that chat with your grandparents and remind them of these dangers.

Experian, which works with businesses to manage credit risk, prevent fraud and also help people to check their credit report and credit score, and protect against identity theft, lists the following items as topics that should be discussed when sitting down with your grandparents (they’re also helpful for people of all ages):

  • Give the gift of a shredder: Shredders can be used to destroy unneeded personal documents, receipts, pre-approved credit offers, unused or old checks and any other items that include personal information about your parent(s) or their accounts.
  • Protect their mail: Remind them not to leave outgoing mail in the mailbox and encourage your parents to take their outgoing letters to the post office, and to purchase a mailbox with a lock for added protection.
  • Monitor their accounts: If you’re more computer savvy than your grandparents, help them to monitor accounts as well as their credit information online, or even set up credit monitoring and bank alerts to make this a seamless process for you both.
  • Educate them about identity thieves: Remind your parents that thieves take many forms, and how detrimental losing their personal information can be. They should never give out personally identifiable information like a social security number or bank account number over the phone, and remind them a legitimate business would never ask for this type of information.

Sitting down and chatting with your grandparents will be the best present that you can give them on their day. Reminding them about precautions to take to fight identity theft is the icing on the cake, and you know how everyone loves icing.

Disclosure: Tatar owns People Test Media, which published “What’s the deal with identity theft?”

Article source: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/do-your-grandparents-a-favor-when-it-comes-to-identity-theft-2016-08-29

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Avoiding identity theft on campus

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

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Yet Another IRS Worker Pleads Guilty To Identity Theft

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

An IRS employee is facing a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 after getting caught relaying taxpayers’ personal banking information to a criminal colluder.

Michael Anthony Jones, a contact representative for the IRS, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit identity theft and unauthorized disclosure of information.

Jones knowingly and willfully used his access credentials to IRS databases to obtain taxpayer information without official clearance, according to a press release published by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The press release is somewhat benignly titled, “IRS Employee Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy Involving Unauthorized Disclosure of IRS Records.”

Jones obtained the information on the front and back of taxpayers’ cancelled checks that were made out to the Department of the Treasury. He relayed this information, along with “printouts and Social Security Numbers,” to a co-conspirator classified as “TFB.” Jones would be awarded a portion of the stolen proceeds from TFB for his illicit services.

This is not the first time an IRS worker operated an identity theft tax scam. Nakeisha Hall was sentenced to more than nine years in prison earlier this month after committing more than $1 million worth of bank and mail fraud. (RELATED: Facial Recognition Technology Helps NY Law Enforcement Catch 100 Identity Thieves)

Sentencing for Jones is scheduled for Nov. 21, 2016.

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Article source: http://dailycaller.com/2016/08/29/yet-another-irs-worker-pleads-guilty-to-identity-theft/

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Mother says daughter is victim of child identity theft

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

It turns out numbers can be very dangerous things.Not when they’re all alone. It’s when they start hanging out in groups — groups of nine to be exact. Aug. 29, 2016

Article source: http://www.abc10.com/news/local/sacramento/mother-says-daughter-is-victim-of-child-identity-theft/310985336

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Vernon Hills police: Man charged with identity theft after attempted jewelry purchase

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Police say a Chicago man attempted to open a line of credit and make purchases under someone else’s name while at Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills.

Brian A. Jones, 33, of the 4900 block of Washington Boulevard, Chicago, was charged Aug. 12 with identity theft and unlawful use of a credit card.

Officers arrived at 3:20 p.m. to Z Fine Jewelry, 511 Hawthorn Center, on reports of a suspicious person who attempted to open a line of credit in order to buy an expensive piece of jewelry, according to Kim Christenson, a spokesman for the Vernon Hills police department.

When talking to Jones, employees reviewed a credit card and Florida driver’s license, but ultimately chose to deny the application and flag it as suspicious, according to Christenson.

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The following items were taken from the official reports and press releases of the Vernon Hills police department. An arrest does not constitute guilt.

Anti theft device

Diamond C. Jackson, 23, of the 300 block of 108th Street, Chicago, was charged Aug. 22 with possession of an anti-theft device….

The following items were taken from the official reports and press releases of the Vernon Hills police department. An arrest does not constitute guilt.

Anti theft device

Diamond C. Jackson, 23, of the 300 block of 108th Street, Chicago, was charged Aug. 22 with possession of an anti-theft device….

(Pioneer Press)

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Article source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/vernon-hills/crime/ct-vhr-identity-theft-blotter-tl-0901-20160829-story.html

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