Deceased relatives are at just as high a risk of identity theft as living ones, if not higher. When your family is in mourning, you may not pay close attention to the financial and personal details of your deceased relative, and unfortunately, many criminals will take advantage of the situation. Here are some easy tips to protect your deceased loved ones from identity theft.
Beware of offers that promise a large amount of money for a minimum amount of effort. Here are some of the most common work-at-home scams encountered by the FBI.
John Doe Sentenced to 10 Years for Aggravated Identity Theft and Fraud Charges Involving United States Navy and JAXPORT.
News stories often result in a tremendous outpouring of charitable donations. When disaster strikes people naturally want to help. For many, that help comes in the form of donations. Unfortunately, con-artists are attuned to the softer side of human nature and will take advantage of the opportunity to create fraudulent charities or enact a charitable scam. Here are some tips that will help you be cautious when donating to charity.
If your email account has been hacked, you will need to take action to protect yourself from identity theft. A recent CBS Money Watch article lists these five must-do steps if your email is hacked.
A current scam that is making the rounds has to do with thieves trying to dupe potential renters into giving them money and personal information for a home that isn’t owned by the person posing as the landlord. Here’s how the scam works.
United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces the unsealing of a 15-count indictment charging Allen Gregory Schleicher, a/k/a Gregory Klonowski, (49, Ruskin) with 10 counts of mail fraud, four counts of money laundering, and one count of aggravated identity theft. If convicted, Schleicher faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison for each mail fraud charge, 10 years in federal prison for each money laundering charge, and two years in federal prison, consecutive to any other sentence, for the aggravated identity theft charge.
Can RFID cards can be “hi-jacked” by use of an unauthorized RFID scanner, thus making the information available for use for fraudulent purposes? Fortunately, it’s not as straight-forward as it sounds.
Tax time fraud is especially dangerous for minors, whose Social Security numbers are not yet used for credit acquisition or work purposes by their legitimate owners, thus making the fraud less likely to be detected. Claiming a child fraudulently on an otherwise legitimate return is also an effective scam being done with increasing frequency.
A former Mississippi office manager was sentenced to 89 months in prison for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.