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Two men arrested in ID theft bust at Indian Trail dealership

Friday, December 15th, 2017

INDIAN TRAIL, NC – Two men were in the market for a new car Tuesday afternoon in Union County.

The only problem: they had stolen a South Carolina man’s identity, and were trying to use his information on their credit application.

The Union County Sheriff’s Office said detectives were dispatched to Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram of Indian Trail around 4pm Tuesday, after the intended victim, James Adams, called to inform them that a credit check in his name had just been run at the Independence Boulevard dealer.

In cooperation with sheriff’s deputies, the dealership called the suspect and told him that his online credit application had been approved, and that he needed to come in to sign the paperwork.

When he did – he was taken into custody, along with another man waiting outside in a silver Range Rover.

Barrington Llewellyn, 26, was charged with Identity Theft and two counts of Obtaining Property by False Pretenses. The sheriff’s office said he was the one who came inside to sign the papers, and produced a fake South Carolina ID with the victim’s information but had his own photograph. He remains in custody and is due in court December 14, 2017.

Antoine Miller, 34, was the man who waited outside; he was charged with Obtaining Property by False Pretenses. He has been released.

The Union County Sheriff’s Office reminds the public of a few tips when it comes to credit checks and staying financially savvy, something they believe helped the victim in this case come out on top:

1. Keep constant check on your credit

2. Sign up for free credit report apps, like Credit Karma

3. Ask about ID theft notification services, in case fraudulent activtity is suspected, you can be instantly alerted

4. Be aware of credit account status, history and activity

5. If you suspect fraud, contact police right away

Article source: http://spectrumlocalnews.com/nc/charlotte/news/2017/12/14/two-men-arrested-in-identity-theft-scheme-in-union-county

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Alleged ID thief returns to the scene of the crime

Friday, December 15th, 2017

Posted: Dec 13 2017 05:32PM EST

Video Posted: Dec 14 2017 10:31PM EST

Updated: Dec 14 2017 11:05PM EST

2 PHOTOS

Tiffany Snadon is charged with Identity Theft and Altering Identification with Government Logo. She’s accused of stealing the identity of a patient at a doctor’s office where she worked.

– Imagine one patient’s disbelief when police said the person who stole her identity worked at the doctor’s office where she was treated.

Now imagine the patient’s disbelief when the suspect bonded out of jail and went right back to work at that same doctor’s office.

We trust our medical providers to protect our personal information. But what happens when the person in trouble, is the one standing in the way of you alerting her bosses?

“I think I’ll be looking for another chiropractor,” promised Tiffani Cox.

We met her outside the Atlanta Sports and Injury Center for Rehab in Stockbridge.

“I just have no idea how deep it goes,” she worried.

According to a Henry County police report, Tiffani Cox got a surprise letter from a bill collector last month, claiming she had stiffed an apartment complex out of $4763. Tiffani had never lived there. But police determined a different Tiffany had. Tiffany Snadon, the receptionist for the chiropractic clinic. The apartment complex is right next door.

“Based on her working here at this office, and I’m going to this office, I put two and two together,” Tiffani Cox explained. “It was pretty easy from there. The officer arrested her that same evening.”

The report said someone had forged a copy of Tiffani Cox’ driver’s license by adding Tiffany Snadon’s picture and also using Tiffani Cox’s birth date and social security number to apply for that apartment lease. Tiffany with a Y was also accused of opening a Georgia Power account by pretending to be Tiffani with an I.
    
For the chiropractor receptionist, it all spelled big trouble.

But it gets even stranger. According to the report, when police went to interview Tiffany Snadon at work, she met the detective at the door. She asked if they could talk outside because “she didn’t want her bosses to think anything bad about her.” They went straight to the police precinct where she was ultimately charged with identity theft and altering government identification. Police never stepped inside the doctor’s office.

“She bonded out the next morning,” victim Tiffani Cox explained. “She was right back at work. And to my knowledge, the doctors have no idea.”

Tiffani tried calling to warn the doctors but couldn’t get through. She says the other Tiffany kept answering the phone. After all, that is her job.
    
So when the receptionist left for lunch, we did ours, hoping to get answers to our questions.

“Just wondering why you’re still working here when you were charged with identity theft for something that happened here.”

“Oh, I don’t want to talk about it” she responded. “I don’t think it happened here.”

“Well, you’re accused of stealing a patient’s identity. Do the doctors know you did that? Just answer a few questions before you go Tiffany. Do they know the truth here?”

But Tiffany with a Y chose to drive away in her BMW. Seriously not OK for Tiffani with an I.

“Something needs to be done,” fumed Tiffani Cox. “The people in this nice area of Henry County need to know that she has access to our records. She’s using them to her advantage.”

Neither doctor responded to our requests for comment. We checked a few days later during regular business hours and didn’t see that BMW parked outside the office.

Henry County police say they have no reason to believe other patients had their identities stolen, calling this an “isolated incident.”

Tiffany Snadon remains free on bond.

 

Article source: http://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/i-team/alleged-id-thief-returns-to-the-scene-of-the-crime

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Legislation Aims To Curb Unemployment Identity Theft

Friday, December 15th, 2017

State Senator Tonya Schuitmaker is hailing passage of legislation this week to fight back against fraudulent unemployment claims filed as a result of identity theft. The Lawton Republican tells WSJM News companies and individuals suffer when some thief steals an identity and uses it to collect unemployment.

“One of the problems that I’m hearing more and more in terms of scams and frauds out there is people collecting unemployment in somebody else’s name, and that person doesn’t realize that,” Schuitmaker said.

It’s a problem that has grown around the state.

“It’s like the newest, rampant fraud out there,” Schuitmaker said.

The legislation approved this week requires the Unemployment Insurance Agency to increase reporting requirements to the legislature and implement several additional internal measures that would better determine if claims are fraudulent or filed through a stolen identity. If a claim is determined to be fraudulent, the UIA will then cancel all benefits on a claim and credit back any money paid as a result to the employer that was ripped off. The legislation now goes on to the governor.

Article source: http://www.wsjm.com/2017/12/14/legislation-aims-to-curb-unemployment-identity-theft/

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Suspects arrested for identity theft stemming from summer break-in, Madison police say

Friday, December 15th, 2017

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Americans! See if your identity was used to make fake net neutrality comments

Friday, December 15th, 2017

Identity theft is usually used to scam you for cash, but this time you’ll want to check if you have been impersonated for political purposes.

“As many as 2 million comments” on the US Federal Communications Commission’s proposal to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules were faked, the office of the attorney general of New York has found. The attorney general’s office has set up a handy page that allows you to enter your name and find out if your identity has been used without your consent. You can look for your own name at their site.

(NY attorney general)

Eric Schneiderman, the state’s attorney general, has been trying to flag this to the FCC for some time. Yesterday (Dec. 13), he wrote a letter (pdf) to the FCC, urging them once again to look in to the purported identity theft, which likely amounts to a crime.

Article source: https://qz.com/1156695/net-neutrality-millions-of-fake-fcc-comments-were-filed-under-stolen-identities/

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Are you safe from identity theft? Take our quiz to find out | Grand …

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

But do you understand how identity theft occurs? Are you at risk? Take our short quiz to gauge your knowledge.

Let’s collaborate and evaluate your security settings before clicking that green purchase button on your device.

According to Adobe Analytics, as of Nov. 27, Americans had spent nearly $14 billion online since Thanksgiving Day – with more than half of those purchases coming from mobile devices.

“For many consumers, it’s now second nature to use smartphones and tablets the same way as we use home computers,” says Susan Adams Loyd, president and CEO at the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota. “However, the same security recommendations that apply to home computers also apply to handheld devices, and there are other factors that need to be considered.”

Iverson says cyber shopping requires consumers to provide more sensitive information like a card number, expiration date and security code. Follow these guidelines in order to keep your personal information safe.

  1. Making purchases via public Wi-Fi connections carries inherent risks. When shopping online from a secure, private Wi-Fi connection, always make sure that you’re on a trustworthy website. If unfamiliar with the site, visit the Bbb.org to research the seller’s reputation and track record for customer satisfaction. When on the site, look in the address box for the “s” in “https://”. When purchasing, look for the “lock” symbol in the lower-right corner of the screen.
  2. Be mindful of hyperlinks. Scammers can use phishing links to install malware on devices. Ensure your device and computer is protected.
  3. Purchase items with a credit card. “When I shop online, I don’t use a debit card. I use a credit card because the funds don’t come immediately out of their account,” Iverson says. “The bank will usually reimburse you for any unauthorized charges, but it might take a little bit of time.” Credit card transactions are protected under the Fair Credit Billing Act.
  4. Cross-check prices between sites. Hendrickson suggests asking yourself, “How could this business offer this product at this price?” He reminds us that “if the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.”
  5. Keep documentation of purchases. Always save confirmation emails, and record the date of sale and any contact information.

Article source: http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/4373192-are-you-safe-identity-theft-take-our-quiz-find-out

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West Springfield police looking for identity theft, fraud suspect …

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – West Springfield police detectives are looking to identify a woman seen in surveillance photos.

Photo courtesy West Springfield Police Department

According to the West Springfield Police Department’s official Facebook page, the woman is an identity theft and credit card fraud suspect.

If you recognize her or have any information, you may leave an anonymous tip with West Springfield police at 413-263-3210.

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Article source: http://wwlp.com/2017/12/13/west-springfield-police-looking-for-identity-theft-fraud-suspect/

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Surveillance video helps MPD catch 2 identity theft suspects

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

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Article source: http://www.nbc15.com/content/news/Surveillance-video-helps-MPD-catch-2-identity-theft-suspects-463980213.html

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Deputies look for suspects in identity theft at Blue Water Lodge

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

FORT GRATIOT — Someone stole the identity of a resident at the Blue Water Lodge, and county deputies are seeking the public’s help in solving the crime.

According to Sheriff Tim Donnellon, deputies were called to Blue Water Lodge on Keewahdin Road on Nov. 14 for an identity theft complaint. Deputies learned a credit card and cash were stolen from an 87-year-old woman’s apartment at the lodge on Nov. 10.

The credit card was then used by the suspects at two Fort Gratiot Township stores and another in Lapeer. The thieves purchased more than $1500 in merchandise.

The woman’s credit card company contacted her in the early evening Nov. 10, due to suspicious activity and at that point the card was cancelled. 

The suspects later tried to use the card in Saginaw and West Branch, but the card was declined.

If anyone has any information about this identity theft, contact Detective Haley Bonner at (810) 987-1728.  

 

Article source: http://www.thetimesherald.com/story/news/local/2017/12/13/deputies-look-suspects-identity-theft-blue-water-lodge/948039001/

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St. Johns County woman wanted for identity theft; had personal info …

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

A woman in St. Johns County is being sought on outstanding warrants of eight counts of identity theft. She is also a person of interest in a large-scale St. Augustine mail theft incident.

According to the St.Johns County Sheriff’s Office Courtney Sean O’Meara, 33, is being sought in connection with two outstanding warrants and is a person of interest in a recent forgery investigation.

O’Meara was arrested in August for one count of uttering a forged instrument and was released after posting bond. In that case, she had allegedly stolen a check from a mailbox that belonged to someone else. She failed to appear in court and a no bond warrant was issued in September.

An officer searched O’Meara’s apartment in April when she became a suspect in the large-scale mail fraud case from early 2017. Found was a hand-typed list of 147 people in the surrounding neighborhoods. This list contained their name, address, date of birth, social security number, bank account numbers, and passwords etc. The victims in the mail fraud case were not listed, according to a warrant from the Sheriff’s Office.

She is also a person of interest in the theft of a St. Augustine woman’s checkbook and the cashing of three fraudulent checks.

It is unclear how many people she may have victimized and how much money she may have stolen.

Read this First Coast News story.

Article source: http://staugustine.com/news/2017-12-12/st-johns-county-woman-wanted-identity-theft-had-personal-info-least-147-people

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