identity fraud: Protect Your Identity From Thieves - 04/15/20 06:36 AM
There are tried and true ways to protect yourself from identity theft—ways that you may not have even considered.
Evaluate your passwords. Does every online account have a different password or are you using the same one for multiple accounts? Fix this problem immediately by investing in a password manager software. Avoid using actual words or names, or keyboard sequences. Password managers facilitate the password creation process.
Never post anything personal on social media.This includes your pet’s name, name of your kids’ school or teacher, where you’re going on vacation, the town your parents live in, etc.
Ignore e-mails whose senders you don’t know. … (4 comments)

identity fraud: What is Synthetic Identity Theft? - 02/20/20 08:37 AM
Identity theft is when a person steals another person’s private and personal information, generally to make money from it. You probably already knew this, but have you heard of synthetic identity theft? This is a bit different.
With synthetic identity theft, a person creates a new and very fake identity by combining the real information from a person with made-up information. You might not think this is a big deal, but it can be very bad for anyone who has their identity stolen.
Here are three ways that ID thieves can create synthetic identities:
Creating a New Credit Profile
The most common way to create … (17 comments)

identity fraud: Louisiana Woman Tries to Buy a Million Dollar Home with False Document - 12/11/19 06:27 AM
Have you ever seen a house and thought…I wish I could afford that? Some people actually try it, but let this story be a lesson learned: if you can’t afford the cost of a house, you probably shouldn’t try to buy it.
Pamela Chandler was arrested and now faces forgery charges after she tried to purchase a home with a million-dollar price tag. How did she do it? She used false documents. Chandler, who also goes as Pamela Goldwyn, was arrested by a special Financial Crimes Task Force in Bossier City, LA. She also has several warrants out for her in Texas … (3 comments)

identity fraud: 6 More Places to Put Your Identity on Lock Down - 08/15/19 06:05 AM
If you have been thinking about a credit freeze, you probably should know that the process is designed so that a creditor cannot see your credit report unless you specifically allow it. This process blocks any potential creditors from viewing or pulling your file, which makes it much more difficult for an identity thief to apply for new credit using your name or information. For links to freeze your credit at the 3 major bureaus go to How to Freeze My Credit. However, there have been reports of people complaining of having accounts opened in their name while having credit freezes. … (7 comments)

identity fraud: How to Protect Your identity When Buying or Selling a Home - 05/21/19 07:42 AM
If you are in the process of buying or selling a home, at some point, you are going to have to disclose personal information when you go through the process. Because of this, a home buyer, especially, is much more likely to become a victim of identity theft.
Here are some ways to protect your identity when buying or selling a new home:
Ask if Communication is SecureOne thing to do is to make sure your mortgage and real estate professionals are using secure electronic communications. If they can’t articulate their security, such as they use two step verification, etc, then they aren’t … (11 comments)

identity fraud: How to be a Grandma Identity Thief Murderer - 10/30/18 05:47 AM
Lois Riess is a woman from Minnesota who police say shot her husband, went on the run, and then killed a woman in order to take on her identity. Here are some shocking facts about her:
Riess Looked Like her Victim
The woman Lois Riess killed, Pamela Hutchinson, looked like her. This is why Pamela lost her life. When the body was found, police said her ID, credit cards, cash, and car was gone. Police put out an arrest warrant for Riess, and then started hunting for her. Police say the women did not know each other.
Lois Riess Allegedly Killed Her Husband, Too
Pamela … (0 comments)

identity fraud: DNA Tech is Catching Bad Guys and its Great and Scary - 10/09/18 08:15 AM
In 1996, a 12-year-old Washington state girl was raped and murdered. However, it wasn’t until June 2018, that an arrest was made in the case. How did this happen? DNA technology.
The man arrested is Gary Hartman, and he is accused of killing and raping 12-year old Michella Welch. Donald Ramsdell, the Tacoma Police Chief, has said that computer modeling, police techniques, and advances in DNA identification has led his team to arresting Hartman on June 20th.
This case goes all the way back to March 26th, 1986. Welch and her sisters were in Tacoma’s Puget Park. She left her sisters there and went … (12 comments)

identity fraud: 2017 Was the Worst Year for Identity Theft EVER! - 09/26/18 07:34 AM
Javelin Strategy & Research recently released its Identity Fraud Study, and it revealed that the number of identity theft victims rose by 8% in 2017 when compared to 2016. That’s almost 17 million people, which is a record high. Despite more information and industry efforts to make people aware of these practices, $16.8 billion was stolen due to ID theft in 2016.
The study also showed a shift in how ID theft fraud was being done. Credit card accounts were the most common targets for new account fraud, we also see that there is a big uptick in other accounts being targeted, … (4 comments)

identity fraud: The Term “Identity Theft Protection” is Often a Lie - 04/05/18 08:02 AM
If you are working for an IT security company, I have a message for you: the term “identity theft protection” is way overused and even abused as a marketing term. We know that this term is used to sell services and products, but does it really protect a user from being the victim of identity theft? No.
This is no different than labeling a food as “natural,” even though it is not actually “organic.” At best, this is incorrect information. At worst, it’s a total lie.
Every company with security solutions out there claims that they can protect identities. But, a firewall does … (1 comments)

identity fraud: Tips for Preventing Embezzlement and Employee Theft - 02/26/18 07:32 AM
If you are a business owner, you might be concerned about employee theft. If you aren’t concerned, perhaps you should be.
There are a number of ways that an employee can steal:
Embezzlement money, inventory or materials Skimming – Diverting funds Stealing business opportunities, data or trade secrets Fraudulent disbursements like check tampering or billing schemes Larceny – absolute theft It might surprise you to find out that employees who steal are not usually new employees. Instead, they are those who have worked for a business for a number of years. (Three years is the average.) So, what can you do to … (1 comments)

identity fraud: Understanding and Stopping the Criminal Identity Theft - 02/23/18 05:29 AM
The definition of criminal identity theft is a crime where the criminal impersonates the victim in order to protect their innocence. This can lead to victims getting fines or even getting arrested and charged for crimes they did not commit.
How Does This Happen?
There are a number of ways that a criminal can pull this off, and it generally occurs when the thief steals someone’s identity. This is true and pure identity theft, often involving a drivers license with the thieves picture and the victims information. Once they have that, they are pretty much free to commit crimes in their victim’s name.
Stopping … (6 comments)

identity fraud: Do You Really Need Identity Theft Protection or is it a Waste of Money - 12/20/17 05:27 AM
I see a ton of articles that say identity theft protection is not something you really need. These articles have titles like “ID Theft Protection Does Not Work,” or “The Poor Man’s Guide to ID Theft Protection.” Though some of these articles have a bit of merit, they totally miss the point.
Here’s the deal – You can’t protect yourself from every type of ID theft out there, and the types you can protect yourself against require a ton of focus. One way or the other, it will cost you money, time, and probably a bit of anxiety too.
Those who have elected … (15 comments)

identity fraud: Man raises a Family on Dead Man’s Stolen Identity - 11/07/16 09:54 PM
Imagine you learn your husband (or wife) of 25 years is really a different person. That’s what happened to Mary Hickman—25 years after she married a man who had identified himself all those years back as Terry Jude Symansky. The Florida couple had a son and lead an uneventful life, with Symansky working different jobs and even acquiring a pilot’s license.
In actuality, Symansky was really Richard Hoagland, who’d been married twice before, who had lived in Indiana and then mysteriously disappeared and was eventually presumed dead. He had stolen the real Terry Jude Symansky’s identity and got away with this for … (5 comments)

identity fraud: Are You Part of the 70 Percent Who Are Clueless About Identity Theft? - 08/17/16 12:16 AM
You’d think with all the media attention regarding data breaches, hackers and identity theft, that consumers would be more focused on their privacy and how to protect their information from prying eyes. Surprisingly, almost 70% of the people are clueless about how a criminal might have got a hold of their personal information.
We all have a lot going on in our lives, and this is exactly how identity thieves like us. Ever lurking, these criminals are counting on us being too busy to give any thought to who we are sharing our information to. These people are always there, and just … (0 comments)

identity fraud: Identity Theft is getting even worse - 07/01/16 12:26 AM
In 2015, depending on the kind and type of identity theft we are talking about, identity thieves impacted 1.5 million people or more, says the Javelin Strategy & Research report. That’s more than double than for 2014.
The move from stripe cards to chip cards has motivated crooks to fasten their seatbelts and really take off with an accelerated mode of operation. For them, your Social Security Number is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Thieves will use it to set up new accounts in the victims’ names, then go on spending sprees. This kind of identity theft … (7 comments)

identity fraud: Identity Theft getting even worse - 07/01/16 12:16 AM
In 2015, depending on the kind and type of identity theft we are talking about, identity thieves impacted 1.5 million people or more, says the Javelin Strategy & Research report. That’s more than double than for 2014.
The move from stripe cards to chip cards has motivated crooks to fasten their seatbelts and really take off with an accelerated mode of operation. For them, your Social Security Number is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Thieves will use it to set up new accounts in the victims’ names, then go on spending sprees. This kind of identity theft … (1 comments)

identity fraud: IRS Identity Theft Prevention Tool hacked - 04/11/16 12:02 AM
The Identity Protection PIN tool on the IRS.gov site has been temporarily suspended—because it was recently hacked into. The tool provides retrieval of forgotten or lost IP PINs to users who want an extra layer of protection against identity theft.
But some users who received the IP PINs recently via the online tool learned that a thief had used their IP PIN to file tax returns in their name.
So now, for the moment, you cannot use the IRS’s online function to retrieve your IP PIN; meanwhile, the IRS is investigating the hack.
The online tool attracts taxpayers who lost or forgot the six-digit … (3 comments)

identity fraud: Prevent Child Identity Theft - 03/16/16 11:49 PM
Here’s one for the know-it-alls: Kids are 35 percent more likely to become victims of identity theft than are adults. Betcha didn’t know that! This startling news comes from a 2015 Javelin Strategy & Release study.
Needless to say, the bulk of parents aren’t on top of this problem, unaware that thieves go after children’s SSNs like two-year-olds grabbing at candy. Thieves know that kids (and their parents) don’t monitor their credit reports. Thieves know that they can get away with their crime all throughout the victim’s childhood until they start applying for college, credit cards, etc., at age 18 or so. That’s … (11 comments)

identity fraud: Identity Theft on the rise affecting over 13 Million - 03/13/16 11:38 PM
13.1 million people were stricken by identity theft last year in America, reports a study by Javelin Strategy & Research which reveals:
Many people who don’t trust their banks are unwittingly doing things that make crime easier for crooks. This includes not using the bank’s protection services such as e-mail alerts. Oddly, there are more victims than ever, but the total amount stolen is less. But that hardly matters when you consider that in the past six years, $112 billion have been stolen. 18 percent of U.S. identity fraud involving cards was carried out beyond the U.S. New-account fraud is being … (2 comments)

identity fraud: Bank Tellers stealing Identities - 02/29/16 10:14 PM
Ever consider the possibility that a person gets a job as a bank teller…for the sole purpose of stealing a patron’s identity?
Do you realize how easy this would be?
No techy hacking skills required. No gun required. So we’ve all been instilled with fear of our bank getting data breached by Russian hacking rings, while that mousy looking teller with the sweet smile could be your greatest threat.
A nytimes.com article points out that a teller from Capital One had gained access to seven accounts and gave information to a co-thief who drew checks on these accounts.
Tellers can fake debit cards and … (4 comments)

 
Robert Siciliano, Realty Security and Identity Theft Expert Speaker (IDTheftSecurity.com Inc) Rainmaker large

Robert Siciliano

Realty Security and Identity Theft Expert Speaker

Boston, MA

More about me…

IDTheftSecurity.com Inc

Address: PO Box 15145, Boston, MA, 02215

Office: (617) 329-1182

Email Me



Listings

Links

Archives

RSS 2.0 Feed for this blog