Category Archives: identity theft crime

No Phishing At IDology

Customers and non-customers of a credit union recently received fraudulent emails as part of an elaborate phishing scam. It appears that the fraudster included IDology’s brand as part of their attempt to capture consumers banking information by setting up a fake website that looks similar to our corporate website.

First, I would like to emphatically say that IDology is dedicated to consumer privacy and protecting sensitive data. It’s important to understand that while our services might involve consumer interaction, we do not directly target consumers. Our “customers” are businesses. This means we would never capture personal information like a SSN or bank account information from anyone on our website.

Ironically, if the hosting provider had been using our services then we would have spotted the fraud before they could have set up the website. I am wondering how much less phishing scams would occur for financial institutions if the hosting provider required identity verification before they hosted a website.

Here are some great sites to visit to learn more about phishing scams and fake emails and how to recognize them:

 

http://www.microsoft.com/protect/yourself/phishing/identify.mspx

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phishing#Website_forgery

 

 

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Bust-ed Identity Thief Going to Jail

Check out this news and video clip from a San Diego news channel.

It’s really an interesting story and goes to show how being a victim of identity theft isn’t just about your credit card being misused…one of the thieves used a fake identity to get a $9K breast implant procedure done.

Needless to say it also shows the importance of data security and privacy and why you need to be mindful of who has access to what data in your company. The two ladies in this story worked in the billing department of Sharp Healthcare and stole patients social security numbers and financial credit information.


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Putting A Face To Identity Theft

What image comes to your mind when you think about identity thieves?

I would guess it isn’t this couple:

id couples

 

Yet these young 20 something’s are suspected of crimes including ID Theft and forgery. You can read about it here and here.

This story just goes to show that it isn’t only faceless criminals hiding behind computer screens that we need to protect ourselves from it’s also the Joneses living next door.

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Punishments for Identity Fraud Crime

The AJC reports today that an Atlanta man has pled guilty for stealing $1.5 million in credit from 225 people. He was sentenced to 3 ½ years in the federal penitentiary.

I commend the officers involved in catching this man, especially because his capture led to the uncovering of a multi-national scam. Many of the cards issued were from foreign banks so the true credit limit available to him couldn’t be tracked.

Some other interesting cases going on are in Kansas where a few Mexican nationals attempted to transfer Social Security funds acquired under fake identities to their other real, or fake, identities. One person has already been convicted and will hear sentencing in September. He faces up to 10 years in jail for fraud of documents and a minimum of 2 years for identity theft of 7 different people. In the other cases, the people pled not guilty and will go to trial but the dates have not been set yet.

About to go before the U.S. Congress is a bill designed to help deter identity theft by putting tighter restrictions on the use of social security numbers. In it, there are tougher punishments for those convicted of misuse of social security numbers. Specifically it will

Impose criminal penalties up to five years in prison and $250,000 and civil sanctions up to $25,000 per incident for misuse of Social Security numbers. Repeat offenders could get 10 years, and use of the numbers in drug trafficking or violent acts would carry sentences up to 20 years in prison.

The bill has already passed the Ways and Means Committee, 38-0. Now it’s on to the House.

Since the South is already in “back to school” mode, here’s a reminder on “How A Bill Becomes A Law” from Schoolhouse Rock


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