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Posts in ‘Identity Fraud’

Thinking about Making Some Extra Money this Season?

Sep 25

Thinking about Making Some Extra Money this Season? 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.

FBI Friday: Identity Theft Charges Span More Than Two Decades

Sep 14

FBI Friday: Identity Theft Charges Span More Than Two Decades John Doe Sentenced to 10 Years for Aggravated Identity Theft and Fraud Charges Involving United States Navy and JAXPORT.

Be on Alert for Charity Scams

Aug 22

Be on Alert for Charity Scams 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.

Internet Safety: What to do if your email account is hacked

Aug 13

Internet Safety: What to do if your email account is hacked 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.

Real Estate Scam: It’s Not Available, It’s a Foreclosure

May 23

Real Estate Scam: It’s Not Available, It’s a Foreclosure 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.

FBI Friday: Pharmacist Impersonator Charged with Mail Fraud, Identity Theft, and Money Laundering

Apr 27

FBI Friday: Pharmacist Impersonator Charged with Mail Fraud, Identity Theft, and Money Laundering 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.

Part 2: Is RFID Technology Safe?

Apr 18

Part 2: Is RFID Technology Safe? 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.

Identity Theft – Yours and Your Child’s – at Tax Time

Mar 26

Identity Theft – Yours and Your Child’s – at Tax Time 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.

FBI Friday: Office Manager Sentenced to 89 Months in Prison for Aggravated Identity Theft

Mar 09

FBI Friday: Office Manager Sentenced to 89 Months in Prison for Aggravated Identity Theft A former Mississippi office manager was sentenced to 89 months in prison for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.

#1 Sign of a Fake IRS Email

Feb 20

#1 Sign of a Fake IRS Email While no one likes phishing scams, the best thing about a purported IRS scam is this: It’s easy to spot. The IRS only communicates via postal mail regarding questions about your return or refund. Any email you receive that claims to be from the IRS and asks for more data in order to clarify a problem or process a refund is a fake.