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The Dominion Post – Police plan event to focus on identity theft …

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

GRANVILLE — Granville and Star City are trying to help people dispose of documents that could lead to identity theft and unwanted prescription pills.

On June 24, officials and police from both municipalities will gather at the Walmart at the University Town Centre to provide assistance in these two areas.

The event runs from 9 a.m. until noon.

Part of the offerings relate to identity theft services. Granville Police Chief Craig Corkrean said the town partnered with PACE to offer free shredding. People can bring documents with personal information that need to be destroyed and PACE will shred them. Police officers will be present to answer questions about identity theft.

Star City Police will also be present to collect and dispose of unwanted medication.

The event will also feature other agencies, first responder vehicles and giveaways. It runs from 9 a.m. until noon.

Article source: http://www.dominionpost.com/Police-plan-event-to-fo--cus-on

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6 indicted in Wichita identity theft case | KSN-TV – KSN

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Six Wichita area residents were indicted Tuesday on federal identity theft charges.

The indictment alleges the defendants used stolen mail to produce fraudulent documents including Kansas driver’s licenses, student ID cards and other forms of identification.

The fraudulent IDs were used to pass forged checks at stores including Dillons and Walmart.

Named in the superseding indictment were the following:

  • Chanel K. Wiseman, 28, Wichita, four counts of possession of fraudulent documents, two counts of receiving stolen mail, two counts of wire fraud, two counts of aggravated identity theft and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a user of controlled substances.
  • John C. McMillan, 45, Wichita, one count of possession of fraudulent documents and one count of receiving stolen mail,
  • Shane A. Pitman, 31, Wichita,  one count of possession of fraudulent documents, one count of receiving stolen mail, one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.
  • Brent A. Slover, 33, Wichita, one count of wire fraud, one count of aggravated identity theft, one count of possession of fraudulent documents and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a user of controlled substances.
  • Keri A. Tunnell, 41, Wichita, one count of possession of fraudulent documents and one count of receiving stolen mail.
  • Raina N. Zeiner, 22, Belle Plain, one count of possession of fraudulent documents and one count of aggravated identity theft.

If convicted the crimes carry the following penalties:

  • Possession of fraudulent documents: Up to five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.
  • Receiving stolen mail: Up to five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.
  • Wire fraud: Up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.
  • Aggravated identity theft: A mandatory two years (consecutive) and a fine up to $250,000.
  • Unlawful possession of a firearm: Up to 10 years and a fine up to $250,000.

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Article source: http://ksn.com/2017/06/20/6-indicted-in-wichita-identity-theft-case/

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5 Wichitans, Belle Plaine woman indicted on federal identity theft charges

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Five Wichitans and a Belle Plaine woman were indicted Tuesday on federal identity theft charges, according to U.S. Attorney Tom Beall.

John C. McMillan, 45; Shane A. Pitman, 31; Brent A. Slover, 33; Chanel K. Wiseman, 28; and Keri A. Tunnell, 41, all of Wichita, and Raina N. Zeiner, 22, of Belle Plaine are alleged to have used stolen mail to produce fraudulent documents, according to the indictment.

The group used the fake documents to produce driver’s licenses, student identification cards and other items, the indictment said. Some of the fake forms of identification were used to pass forged checks at Dillons and Walmart stores.

If convicted on the five separate charges, members of the group face penalties ranging from less than five to up to 20 years in federal prison. Fines of up to $250,000 for each charge – possession of fraudulent documents, receiving stolen mail, wire fraud, identity theft and unlawful possession of a firearm – could also be levied, according to the indictment.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Wichita Police Department and Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch is prosecuting.

Article source: http://www.kansas.com/news/local/crime/article157201144.html

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6 indicted in Wichita identity theft case – KSN

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Six Wichita area residents were indicted Tuesday on federal identity theft charges.

The indictment alleges the defendants used stolen mail to produce fraudulent documents including Kansas driver’s licenses, student ID cards and other forms of identification.

The fraudulent IDs were used to pass forged checks at stores including Dillons and Walmart.

Named in the superseding indictment were the following:

  • Chanel K. Wiseman, 28, Wichita, four counts of possession of fraudulent documents, two counts of receiving stolen mail, two counts of wire fraud, two counts of aggravated identity theft and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a user of controlled substances.
  • John C. McMillan, 45, Wichita, one count of possession of fraudulent documents and one count of receiving stolen mail,
  • Shane A. Pitman, 31, Wichita,  one count of possession of fraudulent documents, one count of receiving stolen mail, one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.
  • Brent A. Slover, 33, Wichita, one count of wire fraud, one count of aggravated identity theft, one count of possession of fraudulent documents and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a user of controlled substances.
  • Keri A. Tunnell, 41, Wichita, one count of possession of fraudulent documents and one count of receiving stolen mail.
  • Raina N. Zeiner, 22, Belle Plain, one count of possession of fraudulent documents and one count of aggravated identity theft.

If convicted the crimes carry the following penalties:

  • Possession of fraudulent documents: Up to five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.
  • Receiving stolen mail: Up to five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.
  • Wire fraud: Up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.
  • Aggravated identity theft: A mandatory two years (consecutive) and a fine up to $250,000.
  • Unlawful possession of a firearm: Up to 10 years and a fine up to $250,000.

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Article source: http://ksn.com/2017/06/20/6-indicted-in-wichita-identity-theft-case/

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Identity theft no-go

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

PLATTSBURGH — Seniors learned how to not be a target for identity theft and fraud on Tuesday morning at the Senior Center in Plattsburgh.

New York State Trooper Jennifer V. Fleishman updated the attendees on the latest scams ripping off the North Country.

“There are a gajillion of them out there,” said Fleishman, who is the public information officer for Troop B Headquarters in Ray Brook.

“What is identity theft? Simply stated, that’s one person taking your identity, your personal information to use to benefit themselves.”

Hackers used to hack; bad guys preyed on the vulnerable for the thrill of the chase, thrill of the crime itself.

“But now, there is such a huge monetary gain that the bad guys are getting from this,” she said.

“It’s even more appealing.”

 

WHAT IT’S NOT

Identity theft is not someone using your debit card, credit card or checking account to make purchases with your consent.

“You are aware of it,” Fleishman said.

“This is a very common thing in your generation because you have folks that you hire or you have family members that come to help you with purchases, go get groceries, etc., take you to different appointments or what not; you guys are letting them use your card, your credit card, your debit card or a check to make a purchase for you. It can be good. It can also lead to some problems, too.”

 

WHY WORRY

Identity theft is the fastest growing crime against consumers today.

“It continues to be a huge problem and has been for years,” Fleishman said.

There are more than 10 million victims each year from ages 20 to 69.

“That’s a vast age range there,” she said. However, more and more of these con artists, these telemarketers, these fraudulent people, these bad guys are looking to target your age group specifically.”

Fleishman will be giving three more talks at Nutrition Program for the Elderly Congregate Meal Sites: 11 a.m. today, Rouses Point; 11 a.m. Thursday, Peru; 11 a.m. June 28, Dannemora.

 

HOW IT WORKS

The first step is obtaining your identity in a number of different ways.

“This can happen through electronic means, viruses that come onto your computer,” Fleishman said.

“It can be for the purpose of getting your personal information, extracting that from your computer.”

The U.S. Postal Service is a manual means of getting your information.

“They can take your mail right out of your mailbox or maybe they are examining your garbage,” she said.

“That’s why I tell people shred and burn. Shred and burn, if you can.”

One woman shared that she purchased a black-block stamp to obliterate her information. A sharpie could possibly work.

Credit card offers or sweepstakes offers need to be destroyed and purged to prevent personal information retrieval.

Then, there’s old-fashioned manual theft: pickpocket.

“That’s a simple way of getting your personal information,” Fleishman said.

“Your purse gets stolen, your wallet gets stolen.”

Keep important documents such as social security cards, birth certificates and passports locked in a safe.

“Leave it at home unless you absolutely need them for something,” Fleishman said.

 

ID EXPLOITATION

Criminals can exploit your identity a number of different ways.

For example, they can get your information and open up accounts in your name across the country.

“More than likely it’s going to be an apartment for rent, and they purchase electricity using your name or something like that,” Fleishman said.

“The next thing you know, you get a bill for electricity at an apartment in New Mexico. This is a common one that we see though.”

Illicit accounts can include cable or credit cards.

“They got your information on the account with a different address,” Fleishman said.

“They opened it up with your social security number or your name and date of birth.

“The bad guys know they have to pay a little on these accounts to keep them rolling for a while. But then eventually, they get bored with it. They move on to another victim using someone else’s. They ruined yours and left you to hang out to dry.”

 

DISTRESSING DISCOVERY

Many scam victims learn they are so when collection agencies start calling because no one has made payments on these open accounts.

“Now, they are looking for valid addresses for you,” Fleishman said.

“They are trying to track you down. They want payment on this account. Now, you start getting the calls from collections.

“Now, you start getting the notices in the mail from collections saying you owe this. You say I don’t even know where this account comes from. You are completely stunned.”

Sometimes, the scam artists redirect your mail for a bank account or credit card.

“That could be another way that you discover the theft,” she said.

“Somebody’s completely usurped the account that you had, a valid one.”

 

MENDING ID

Reporting and restoring one’s identity is a painstaking process that starts with a making a police report.

“Then, you have to go through pulling your credit report and making all the notifications to where you do have valid accounts, for banks, your credit cards, any loans that you have, mortgages, etc.,” Fleishman said.

 

DIGITAL DIVIDENDS

Identity theft is on the rise because the cyber age has made it easy and lucrative for scam artists to do so.

“None of us are immune to this because I get the calls at home, even,” Fleishman said.

“We are all vulnerable.”

 

Email Robin Caudell:

rcaudell@pressrepublican.com

Twitter:@RobinCaudell

TIPS ON PREVENTING IDENTITY THEFT

CARDS

Never carry your Social Security card. Carry only those credit cards you actually need.

Watch your credit and debit cards to prevent a stranger from skimming your card’s data.

Do not give personal information over the phone unless the call was initiated by you and you know to whom you are speaking.

Exercise caution when using an ATM.

Select businesses that avoid using your Social Security number as an indentifier.

Close any unused credit card accounts and notify the three major reporting agencies they’ve been closed. The agencies are Experian, 1-888-397-3742; Equifax, 1-800-525-6285 and TransUnion, 1-800-680-7289.

Use complex passwords for all of your accounts online and offline.

 

DOCUMENTS AND DATA PROTECTION

Examine all transactions on your bank and credit card statements closely.

Cross shred documents displaying personal information.

Review and get a free copy of your credit report from the three major credit reporting agencies or www.annualcreditreport.com

 

ONLINE ACTIVITY

Maintain up-to-date anti-virus software, anti-spyware and firewalls on your computer.

Use only encrypted sites or trusted secure sites.

Never respond to or click on the attachments of unknown email transmissions.

Sources: Trooper Jennifer V. Fleishman and New York State Consumer Protection Board, website: www.nysconsumer.gov or 1-800-697-1220

Article source: http://www.pressrepublican.com/news/identity-theft-no-go/article_39658d70-5d6c-5231-93dd-8fc14098f023.html

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Incidents of Identity Theft and Fraud Reported in West Orange

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The following incidents of identity theft and fraud were among some of the crimes reported in West Orange in the last few weeks.

1. A woman came to police headquarters to report that she was just at the Office of Community Affairs to provide income verification for rent assistance. According to the police report, she told police that she was advised that income did not qualify because she was well over the financial limit.

Upon reviewing her income verification, the woman noted large payments to her from a company that she does not work for. She told the police she never received the funds.

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The total payments during a two-year period amounted to $126,945. The woman stated that when filing the previous years’ income tax returns, these payments were not listed. Police said she was provided with a WOPD theft packet to report this incident. 

2. A man told West Orange police that he answered an advertisement on Internship.com regarding an internship position at Prudential Financial and was subsequently advised that his internship had been approved and to await further details. A few days later, he received an email instructing him to cash a check for $1500 that was included in the email.

According to the police report, the check was written on an account belonging to NFI. He was told to keep $200 for supplies. The fraud victim was then instructed to deposit the remaining $1300 into a Wells Fargo account belonging to NFI.

The man was later advised by Chase Bank that his account was overdrawn due to the check being fraudulent, according to police. Police said the victim attempted to call the person who advised him about the internship, but could not reach the person.

When the victim called Prudential Financial in Newark to inquire further about the internship, he was advised that the advertisement was fraudulent, and to contact the police. 

Article source: https://www.tapinto.net/towns/west-orange/articles/incidents-of-identity-theft-and-fraud-reported-in

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Deception And Identity Theft Charged By Police

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – A 35-year-old woman who is a Lower Pottsgrove resident, and whom township police allege opened a “counterfeit” GoFundMe page to collect publicly donated funds, has been charged with theft by deception and identity theft, the police department’s Ofc. Kevin Black reported Monday (June 19, 2017).

Black, in a release, said Christine Collins created the online page “to collect funds for a 17-year-old single mother and her premature infant daughter.” The release did not specify Collins’ address, and it offered few details of the allegations except to report that an investigation into the page began in May 2017 once police “were alerted” to its existence. After the investigation “it was learned that the page was set up” by Collins, it added.

GoFundMe describes itself as “the world’s largest social fundraising platform, with over $3 billion raised so far.” It began in 2010.

Collins will have a preliminary hearing on the filed charges “at a later date” before Magisterial District Justice Edward C. Kropp Sr., according to the release.

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Article source: http://sanatogapost.com/2017/06/20/deception-identity-theft-charged-police/

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Identity Theft Charge Sticks for New Accounts

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Identity Theft Charge Sticks for New Accounts 

June 19, 2017

A Newport News U.S. District Court denies defendant’s motion to dismiss two counts of an indictment charging him with aggravated identity theft in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1028A(a)(1); defendant can be charged with this offense even if the two victims allegedly did not know credit card accounts had been opened in their names.

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Better Call Behnken: Polk woman with sick son victim of identity theft, debt collection scam

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Diane Fowler’s son has a brain tumor and money is tight. Now, she’s out $450 after she was conned over the phone.

“She had my name, my address, my phone number, my birth date, my social security number, my checking account that I had used at that time,” Fowler said.

The scammer claimed Fowler owed an old debt to a loan service business. Fowler was confused, because she really did use that company 10 years ago. She knew the debt must be a mistake and so refused to pay, especially since this woman on the phone demanded $2,152.

“I said, ‘how come so much?’” Fowler said. “She said, ‘a judgment amount, processing fees, attorneys fees, somebody to come out here and process me.’”

Then a scarier call came in. Caller ID showed it was from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. It was not.

The company insisted deputies were on their way to her house. She ended up forking over $450 on a credit card, as part of a “settlement.” She said she felt pressured because she couldn’t risk leaving her son’s side.

Scams that involve crooks pretending to be debt collectors are on the rise. It starts with identity theft, and then crooks use that information to make their story sound believable. In some sophisticated scams, they have correct information about debt you may have owed years ago or companies you did business with.

One thing to keep in mind: real debt collection companies will not threaten to arrest you on the spot. Law enforcement will not call on behalf of the debt collector or warn you of an arrest.

If you receive a call seeking money for a debt, ask for the information in writing and check out any court case number yourself. You can also call the company you supposedly owe and double check the debt and that the company hired this particular debt collection company.

Don’t miss the 8 On Your Side Shred-A-Thon on Saturday, where Shannon Behnken will be helping to shred your person documents for free.

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ShieldApps Expands Portfolio with an Advanced New Identity Theft Protection Software

Monday, June 19th, 2017

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2017-06-19 Print

ShieldApps Expands Portfolio with an Advanced New Identity Theft Protection Software

With PC Privacy Shield being the companys flagship product for the past 3 years, and inarguably the most popular digital privacy protection product in North America, Shield Software Innovations introduces an even more privacy-enhanced solution to consumers – Identity Theft Shield.


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NEW AND ADVANCED THREATS REQUIRE NEW AND ADVANCED SOLUTIONS!

ShieldApps having dedicated all efforts to security and privacy enhancement solutions shed a new perspective on how to keep one’s identity safe from cybercriminals. Identity Theft Shield closely pays attention to hundreds of micro-parameters on a computer, looking for exposed data that can potentially endanger one’s identity. Information logged and stored by browsers, such as login credentials, to web-mail services, banking portals, health provider’s web-accounts and social networks, as well as billing information gathered, such as credit cards numbers, social security information, home address and more – are all reported back to the consumer as potential privacy concerns, and can be resolved in a click.

Identity Theft Shield features an upgraded detection mechanism that scans and flags sensitive information detailed within documents, such as bank statements and medical bills that are locally stored, but more important – ShieldApps are unveiling their newly developed webcam and microphone blockers that provide tight security from any and all external breach attempts to the computer’s audio or visual port.

Identity Theft Shield carries ShieldApps trademarked ease of use, and the exact mixture of a features-rich product with a user-friendly interface to address both technically savvy users as well as those that are not.

Identity Theft Can Become a Thing of the Past

“Identity Theft Shield packs powerful features and very advanced technology molded into a consumer-friendly interface. We have tried, and believe that we have succeeded, to provide consumers worldwide
with a viable solution to an evolving “cyber risk”, that does not require them to have any cybersecurity understanding what-so- ever” says Moshe Layani, ShieldApps Software Innovations’ President.

Identity Theft Shield is available directly to consumers through the company’s website and certified resellers.

ABOUT SHIELDAPPS SOFTWARE INNOVATIONS
ShieldApps has over ten years’ experience in the software development and distribution markets. ShieldApps has established a spotless reputation within the tech industry by not only providing over 50
million consumers with top-tier products over the years, but also via powering multiple renowned software brand with its technical infrastructure as part of the ShieldApps White Label Program.

ShieldApps’ portfolio includes antivirus and anti-malware software, ransomware protection software, privacy enhancement applications, password management and recovery tools and hard disk maintenance tools.

Article source: https://www.prurgent.com/2017-06-19/pressrelease428166.htm

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