Archive for November, 2016

Symantec to Buy Identity Theft Protection Company LifeLock – WSJ

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

Computer-security-software maker Symantec Corp. has agreed to acquire LifeLock Inc., a seller of identity-theft protection services, for $2.3 billion in cash, the companies said Sunday.

The deal will value LifeLock at $24 a share, a 16% premium to its Friday price of $20.75, near its 52-week high.

The deal broadens Symantec’s portfolio at a time when the 34-year-old company is looking to break out beyond its traditional…

Article source: http://www.wsj.com/articles/symantec-to-buy-identity-theft-protection-company-lifelock-1479692089

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Identity theft ring operating out of Rancho Cucamonga Verizon store … – KABC

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

San Bernardino County sheriff’s investigators busted a widespread identity theft ring operating out of a Verizon store in Rancho Cucamonga.

It all started back on Sept. 27, when Chino Hills patrol deputies were dispatched to a domestic disturbance involving area resident Daniel Mitchell.

During the investigation, deputies found evidence of identity theft in Mitchell’s car – including blank credit cards, credit card reader/writer, social security numbers, credit reports and customer purchase receipts from the Verizon store at 7825 Monticello Ave. in Rancho Cucamonga.

Upon further investigation, detectives learned that Mitchell was the mastermind of a large identity theft operation, which involved multiple employees at the Verizon store.

So far, two people were arrested in connection to the case: Mitchell, 39, who is currently in jail on an unrelated case involving possession of stolen credit cards, and Verizon store manager Brandon Gaynor, 39.

Mitchell remains behind bars while Gaynor has since posted bail.

Authorities said a number of employees at the store admitted they helped set up fraudulent accounts as part of the scheme.

So far, investigators have located more than 50 people across the nation who could be potential victims.

Sheriff’s officials said they are working with Verizon Corporate Security to take the appropriate administrative actions for all employees associated with this case.

If you have any further information about this case or have questions, you’re urged to contact Chino Hills’ sheriff’s station at (909) 364-2000.

Article source: http://abc7.com/news/id-theft-ring-operating-out-of-rancho-cucamonga-verizon-store-busted/1625503/

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People for People Fund: Victim of identity theft gets helping hand – Times Herald

Saturday, November 26th, 2016

MIDDLETOWN – This self-employed Washingtonville handyman was used to fixing things for other people, and he was good at it. He worked hard, and always made enough to take care of himself.

Then one day this past summer something strange happened; he checked the balance of his checking account and money was missing. It didn’t make any sense.

He checked with his bank and the answer, though simple, would create a very complicated problem. It appeared he was the victim of identity theft. His account had been compromised, money taken, and his remaining funds were frozen.

And these things take time to sort out, he soon learned. He’d have to just wait until bank officials completed their investigation before his hard-earned money would be back in his account.

The rent, though, couldn’t wait.

And though asking for help wasn’t something he often did, he knew that this time he was in a bind he couldn’t get out of by himself. Over the years he had seen newspaper stories about the Record’s People for People Fund and knew that they helped local people through a one-time financial crisis, people like him with a track record of employment and self-sufficiency and who are typically turned away by other agencies.

So he reached out to the volunteers at the Fund’s Middletown office, and People for People helped him with the rent on his modest apartment.

“(People for People volunteers) were such a great help,” he said. “Your program is the best.”

Article source: http://www.recordonline.com/news/20161124/people-for-people-fund-victim-of-identity-theft-gets-helping-hand

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Former bank employee agrees to guilty plea in identity theft scheme

Saturday, November 26th, 2016

ORLANDO, Fla. —

At first her attorney said Shante Thaxton, 30, thought the woman who approached her about preparing tax returns was on the up and up.

Tanya Fox had all the appearances of a successful businesswoman: luxury cars, a big home in Clermont for herself and her children.

Federal court papers filed this week indicate that Fox asked Thaxton, a local bank customer service representative, to open a pair of accounts. Through those accounts, federal prosecutors say 104 direct deposits of fraudulent IRS tax refund checks were deposited, totaling $143, 724.

This week Thaxton, who also ran the “Bold and the Beautiful” tax service, agreed to plead guilty to a single count of Theft of Government Funds and repay that money.

Prosecutors said Thaxton is one of multiple co-consipirators in a scheme Fox masterminded to steal the identities of as many as 3,500 people, many of them between 16 and 18 years old.

“Ms. Thaxton is very remorseful for her involvement in this case,” her attorney Cynthia Hawkins said in an email to WESH 2 on Friday. “She began cooperating with the government agents when they approached her, and is attempting to make amends to the victims of the offense.”

In 2014, Fox was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for offenses including aggravated identity theft and wire fraud. She was ordered to repay $4 million. She’s currently imprisoned in North Florida. IRS agents confiscated cars and furniture from her Clermont home to be auctioned.

Thaxton has yet to appear in court to formally enter the plea, her attorney said. She’ll face up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines when she’s sentenced.

Two former Orange County Health Department employees were also sentenced to jail terms for giving Fox access to the personal information of many of the young victims.

The department has since strengthened the security of that sensitive information and placed further restrictions on who can access it.

Article source: http://www.wesh.com/article/former-bank-employee-agrees-to-guilty-plea-in-identity-theft-scheme/8366100

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Fake dating profiles lead to identity theft concerns

Saturday, November 26th, 2016
Identity theft is always a concern, but it’s not always your financial information that is at risk. One Fox 5 employee had her personal identity compromised.

Posted:Nov 25 2016 10:29PM EST

Updated:Nov 25 2016 10:29PM EST

– Identity theft is always a concern, but it’s not always your financial information that is at risk. Just today one Fox 5 employee had her personal identity compromised. What happened to her can happen to anyone.

“My boyfriend wasn’t too happy to find that my face was circulating on a dating site,” said Cara Viscardo.

The day after Thanksgiving, Fox 5 producer Cara Viscardo learned that she’d grown seven inches, reverse-aged six years, and now worked as a waitress.

“It’s not flattering. It’s just horrifying, and I want it to be taken down,” said Viscardo.

Cara discovered this account on the dating site “Plenty of Fish” using her name, her state of residence, and what was most unsettling , at least four photos of her.

“One of those pictures I haven’t seen in a decade,” she said.

Thanks to a message from a friend from high school, Cara was able to find out about her stolen identity.

“He knew that it wasn’t me on a dating site and let me know that someone was using my identity and it freaked him out as much as it freaked me out,” she said.

“You might not be the end game in the procedure. Your identity could actually be a tool to harm others,” said Social Media Attorney Pedram Tabibi.

Tabibi also said that the more pictures we post to our Facebook pages and the more information we share about ourselves on various websites, the more vulnerable we leave ourselves to identity theft, a crime with serious legal ramifications IF victims can find the person responsible.

“They could be violating your intellectual property rights by using your copyrighted images. They could be violating your publicity rights. They could be committing a crime.” Tabibi continued.

To prevent against longer-term damages, Tabibi recommended we all Google our names on a regular basis to see if it returns anything surprising.

“Each particular company usually has a procedure to remove impostor accounts,” said Tabibi.

In an email, a Plenty of Fish spokeswoman wrote, “If you believe someone has used your identity to create a fake profile, you should immediately report the profile to our customer service team.”

Plenty of Fish’s customer service team then theoretically removes the reported profiles if deemed in violation of the site’s terms of service.

Eight hours after Cara contacted Plenty of Fish, she received notification that the site permanently removed the fake profile using her identity.

Article source: http://www.fox5ny.com/news/219845598-story

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People for People Fund: Victim of identity theft gets helping hand … – Times Herald

Saturday, November 26th, 2016

MIDDLETOWN – This self-employed Washingtonville handyman was used to fixing things for other people, and he was good at it. He worked hard, and always made enough to take care of himself.

Then one day this past summer something strange happened; he checked the balance of his checking account and money was missing. It didn’t make any sense.

He checked with his bank and the answer, though simple, would create a very complicated problem. It appeared he was the victim of identity theft. His account had been compromised, money taken, and his remaining funds were frozen.

And these things take time to sort out, he soon learned. He’d have to just wait until bank officials completed their investigation before his hard-earned money would be back in his account.

The rent, though, couldn’t wait.

And though asking for help wasn’t something he often did, he knew that this time he was in a bind he couldn’t get out of by himself. Over the years he had seen newspaper stories about the Record’s People for People Fund and knew that they helped local people through a one-time financial crisis, people like him with a track record of employment and self-sufficiency and who are typically turned away by other agencies.

So he reached out to the volunteers at the Fund’s Middletown office, and People for People helped him with the rent on his modest apartment.

“(People for People volunteers) were such a great help,” he said. “Your program is the best.”

Article source: http://www.recordonline.com/news/20161124/people-for-people-fund-victim-of-identity-theft-gets-helping-hand

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Identity theft ring operating out of Rancho Cucamonga Verizon store busted – KABC

Saturday, November 26th, 2016

San Bernardino County sheriff’s investigators busted a widespread identity theft ring operating out of a Verizon store in Rancho Cucamonga.

It all started back on Sept. 27, when Chino Hills patrol deputies were dispatched to a domestic disturbance involving area resident Daniel Mitchell.

During the investigation, deputies found evidence of identity theft in Mitchell’s car – including blank credit cards, credit card reader/writer, social security numbers, credit reports and customer purchase receipts from the Verizon store at 7825 Monticello Ave. in Rancho Cucamonga.

Upon further investigation, detectives learned that Mitchell was the mastermind of a large identity theft operation, which involved multiple employees at the Verizon store.

So far, two people were arrested in connection to the case: Mitchell, 39, who is currently in jail on an unrelated case involving possession of stolen credit cards, and Verizon store manager Brandon Gaynor, 39.

Mitchell remains behind bars while Gaynor has since posted bail.

Authorities said a number of employees at the store admitted they helped set up fraudulent accounts as part of the scheme.

So far, investigators have located more than 50 people across the nation who could be potential victims.

Sheriff’s officials said they are working with Verizon Corporate Security to take the appropriate administrative actions for all employees associated with this case.

If you have any further information about this case or have questions, you’re urged to contact Chino Hills’ sheriff’s station at (909) 364-2000.

Article source: http://abc7.com/news/id-theft-ring-operating-out-of-rancho-cucamonga-verizon-store-busted/1625503/

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Holiday season, a popular time for identity theft

Saturday, November 26th, 2016

STEVENS POINT, Wi. (WSAW) — It’s the time of year when your credit and debit cards are getting swiped a lot.

It’s also the time, when identity thieves are trying to swipe your confidential information.

“It’s just a time of year when you have so many other things on your mind, that your personal financial security maybe isn’t the top priority,”
Kathy Volkmann, Vice President at Cloverbelt Credit Union says.

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection — or DATCP, lists identity theft as one of their top 3 concerns. But, there are ways you can stay proactive, in protecting yourself.

“In other countries that have been using the chip and pin technology, the fraud rate has been reduced significantly, so that’s a good thing,” Frank Frassetto, the Division Administrator for the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says.

Join us for a special report Monday at 10pm, where we look at some of the latest ways crooks are trying to get to your cash, and how you can stay one step ahead.

Article source: http://www.wsaw.com/content/news/Holiday-season-a-popular-time-for-identity-theft--402754516.html

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Victoria Gardens Verizon Wireless store focus of ID theft ring …

Friday, November 25th, 2016



RANCHO CUCAMONGA A domestic violence investigation uncovered a large ID Theft ring working out of the Victoria Gardens Verizon Wireless store, sheriff’s officials announced Wednesday.

Chino Hills deputies responded to a domestic violence incident Sept. 27 involving Daniel Henry Mitchell, 39, of Chino Hills. As deputies searched Mitchell’s car they found blank credit cards, a credit card reader/writer, social security numbers, credit reports, and customer purchase receipts from the Victoria Gardens Verizon store.

As detectives unravelled the case, they were able to identify more than 50 victims throughout the Country. Detectives concluded Mitchell was the mastermind behind the scheme that included multiple other suspects as well as Verizon Wireless store employees, according to a sheriff’s news release.

Detectives served a search warrant Monday at the store, which sits at 7825 Monticello Avenue, and interviewed numerous employees who allegedly admitted some involvement in setting up fraudulent accounts as part of the scheme, according to the dispatch.

The store manager, Brandon Arlen Gaynor, 39, of Rancho Cucamonga was arrested and booked into West Valley Detention Center for suspicion of identification theft. He has since been released on bail.

Mitchell is being held on a no-bail warrant within the Los Angeles County jail system on an unrelated case.

Verizon Corporate Security is actively working with law enforcement and taking the appropriate administrative actions for all associated employees.

Anyone who may have information or who believes themselves a victim of this crime is asked to call detectives at 909-364-2000.

Article source: http://www.dailybulletin.com/general-news/20161124/victoria-gardens-verizon-wireless-store-focus-of-id-theft-ring-investigation

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Suspect sought in Naperville identity theft investigation – Chicago Sun

Friday, November 25th, 2016

Naperville police released surveillance images this week of a man wanted in connection with an identity theft investigation in the western suburb.

Authorities are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, police said Tuesday.

Anyone who recognizes the man or has any information is asked to call (630) 420-6006. Callers can remain anonymous.

Article source: http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/suspect-sought-in-naperville-identity-theft-investigation/

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