Identity Theft News

Car Parts Maker Says Scam Got Tax Info for 2,400 U.S. Workers

A Swiss company said Wednesday income tax information was stolen for about 2,400 workers in the United States, putting them at risk of identity theft just as many are awaiting tax refunds. Autoneum North America Inc. said the data included …

As Chips Cut In-Store Fraud Credit-Card Thieves Move Online

The adoption of credit-card chip technology by U.S. retailers is having an unintended consequence: Criminals are moving from brick-and-mortar stores to the internet. The use of stolen card data to pay for merchandise on websites, in mobile apps and by …

Fraud News Around the Nation

New Jersey Theft Ring Preyed on People Selling Cars on Craigslist Two New Jersey residents and a Florida man are facing charges they were the ringleaders of a vehicle-theft scheme that focused on people selling cars on Craigslist. The state …

Indiana Business Owner Working to Stop Identity Theft at Gas Pumps

It’s supposed to be a convenience, but more and more, card swipes on gas pumps are being abused by criminals to steal customer’s data. Skimming is when a criminal installs a piece of malicious hardware to a card reader, usually …

Tax Refund May be Delayed, But at Least You’ll Get It

Last year’s income tax season was marked by an explosion of refund theft. Will this year be any different? Increased protections may cut down on fraud but will likely draw out the wait for your money. Changes will be visible …

The Growing Problem of Identity Theft

More than 675,000 records were exposed by data breaches in the U.S. in 2014, according to the California-based Identity Theft Resource Center, a non-profit organization aimed at helping consumers. Since breaches began being tracked in 2005, they have risen by …

Man’s Life Ruined by Identity Theft, Tries to Reclaim Name

The decades-long nightmare that ruined Marcus Calvillo’s life started when he was a teenager and was wrongly accused of writing bad checks. His driver’s license was later revoked for a slew of unpaid traffic tickets he never received. Then he …

Identity Theft Likely to Rise With Dashboard Shopping

Hackers can already take control of a car. And as vehicles become rolling shopping malls, cybercriminals will have an opportunity to snatch your identity, too. Eager for a cut of drivers’ purchases of fast food, gas and more, automakers have …

South Florida Beloved by Retirees and Fraudsters

Psssst – Need a phony ID? A fraudulent tax refund? Insurance money from a sham car crash? Florida may have just what you’re looking for. Since the first settlers hacked their way into the mangrove tangles and drained much of …

Travelers Claims Data Reveals Ways Thieves Use Stolen Identities

Travelers revealed 2014 identity fraud claim information from its claim data that highlight the most common ways identity thieves use personal information. Thirty-six percent were a result of thieves using existing credit or debit cards. Twenty-one percent of claims are …