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Holiday Shopping Invites Retail Fraud
Monday, November 23, 2009
Phillip Britt - Correspondent
U.S. merchants are incurring $191 billion in fraud losses each year.
FTC may sue Pre-Paid Legal Services
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Keith Lubsen, Contributor -
The FTC sent Pre-Paid Legal Services (NYSE: PPD) a draft of a potential lawsuit
Bernanke’s ID thief sentenced
Friday, November 13, 2009
Keith Lubsen, Contributor -
Clyde Austin Gray Jr. was sentenced to prison/restitution as ringleader of nationwide ID theft ring
Potentially Large Identity Theft data Breach at Mercy
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Keith Lubsen, Contributor -
police are looking into a security data breach at the Mercy Medical Center which may affect a large number of patient’s records at that facility
FTC Red Flags delayed to June 1st, 2010
Friday, November 06, 2009
Keith Lubsen, Contributor -
This fourth extension delays FTC Red Flags Rule until June 1, 2010
Comcast Battles ID Theft, Attacks Botnets
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Keith Lubsen, Contributor -
Comcast “Constant Guard” identifies computers which may be part of a botnet.
Massive US, Egypt ID Theft Scheme Bust
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
FBI and Egyptian authorities have charged almost 100 people involved in an identity theft racket.
UNC Latest College to Unveil Data Breach
Monday, October 05, 2009
Phillip Britt - Correspondent
UNC Latest College to Unveil Data Breach.
Colleges, Universities are Popular Targets
Women, Data Breaches and ID Theft
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Keith Lubsen, Contributor -
163,000 women at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill had their data breached.
NY Man Sentenced, Part of ID theft Ring
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Keith Lubsen, Contributor -
Man guilty of ID theft gets 11+ years in a prison and $3.2 million restitution fee
Utah AG's Office Begins ID Theft Tour
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Keith Lubsen, Contributor -
Utah AG Mark Shurtleff and ID theft expert Scott Morrill raise public awareness.
Bernanke ID Thief Pleads Guilty
Monday, September 21, 2009
Keith Lubsen, Contributor -
Zanders most prominent victim was Anna Bernanke whose purse was stolen.
ID Thieves Love Kids
Monday, September 21, 2009
Phillip Britt - Correspondent
As much as children know about technology, they are largely unschooled in the dangers of identity theft. They tend to be too trusting of the world at large, put too much information out on social networking sites and are too trusting of e-mails from unknown sources.
Unborn ID Theft Victims
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Keith Lubsen, Contributor -
Many unborn children have already had their SSN's stolen.
ID Theft and the Powerful
Friday, September 11, 2009
Phillip Britt - Correspondent
The wife of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was recently snared by an identity theft ring. A doctor’s receptionist pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud in the scheme where, according to published reports, the fraudsters stole more than $2 million from 10 different banks.
ID Theft, Illegals & E-Verify
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Keith Lubsen, Contributor -
Yesterday the federal government began implementing a system which orders federal contractors to use the online E-Verify system. Two unintended side effects of this legislation will be increased money flowing into the black market from identity theft and more US citizens becoming aware that they are victims of ID theft.
Identity Theft Carder Ring Convicted
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Keith Lubsen, Contributor -
Three caught using a credit card skimmer and encoder were convicted.
Poor Security and Social Networkers
Phillip Britt - Correspondent
A pair of reports released at the end of August highlight the lack of care that a large percentage of people take when engaging in online social networking.
Poll participants indicated concern over growing phishing, spam and malware attacks and nearly half of those surveyed are very concerned about their personal identity being stolen in an online community.
Working With Banks As An ID Theft Victim
Monday, August 31, 2009
Karen Lodrick - author -
If your bank doesn’t automatically provide you with a new account number, insist that they do so. In order to get any money reimbursed, you will need an account number that has not been compromised
Bernanke’s Victims of ID Theft
Monday, August 31, 2009
Keith Lubsen, Contributer -
shocking and telling of the larger problem that Bernanke carried her SSN card
Rob Douglas provides the latest and most relevant news, resources, commentary and expert analysis about identity theft and scams.

Our staff (under the guidance of Rob Douglas) follows and presents ID theft related legislation, identity theft services, scams, credit card fraud and security breaches / data breaches. We additionally offer ways to protect yourself and your family from becoming victims of identity theft.

We take identity protection seriously, as a theft of identity can result in not only great financial loss and loss of time in order to repair the damage done, but could end in permanent medical damage or death (see our medical identity theft section).

We are proponents of the credit freeze / security freeze option available to consumers at the three major credit bureaus as a way to prevent identity theft. Although the credit freeze is not a total identity theft prevention method it does prevent many types of ID theft and our identity theft experts believe it is the best option available to consumers at this time.

If you are already a victim of ID theft our identity theft experts provide tips on how and where to report identity theft as well as important other steps you should consider taking.

All of the ID theft research and content at is written or compiled by identity theft experts for consumption by journalists, lawmakers, and consumers and is edited by Rob Douglas our chief editor and identity theft expert.
International phone hacking ring busted
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Phillip Britt - Correspondent
A federal grand jury has indicted a ring for allegedly breaking into the phone systems of more than 2,500 firms in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe in order to route calls through hacked networks. According to the indictment, the hackers stole 12 million minutes of phone service, valued at $55 million.
Has the Trojan.Zlob.G Trojan Horse Resurfaced?
Saturday, December 06, 2008
Keith Lubsen, Founder -
Has the Trojan.Zlob.G Trojan horse resurfaced? It seems a lot of people are searching for it on Google.
It’s Your Identity Defend It - If Not Yours - Your Children
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Rob Douglas
Today, I was a guest on CyberHood Watch Radio hosted by Dave Ballard and Bill Wardell of CyberHood Watch. We discussed identity theft with a focus on the increasing threat to families and children. You can listen to an archived recording of the show at "It’s Your Identity Defend It - If Not Yours - Your Children."
Rob Douglas on CyberHood Watch Radio
Monday, December 01, 2008
Rob Douglas
Tomorrow, December 2nd, at 1 pm EST, I will be a guest on CyberHood Watch Radio hosted by Dave Ballard and Bill Wardell of CyberHood Watch. We’ll be discussing identity theft with a focus on the increasing threat to children.
Identity Theft, Pretext Calling and Caller ID Spoofing Used to Rob Banks
Friday, November 28, 2008
Rob Douglas
In a case that demonstrates what I’ve been warning Congress, the financial services industry and the telecommunications industry about for more than a decade, an international organized crime ring has been caught stealing millions of dollars from Americans’ home equity lines of credit (HELOC) across the nation.
Happy Thanksgiving!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Rob Douglas
Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers from We hope you enjoy the day and we remind you to be safe with your identity and your credit cards during this holiday shopping season.
Gilmerton Bridge 1; Identity Thief 0
Monday, November 24, 2008
Rob Douglas
Identity thief Michael Mills officially passed his audition for stupid criminal tricks. His potential prize is seventeen years in jail and a $750,000 fine. While it’s doubtful he’ll get the full sentence, Mills has demonstrated he’s both dangerous enough and a big enough moron to deserve the maximum sentence and much more.
Utah Attorney General's Economic Crime Conference (Part 7)
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Keith Lubsen, Founder -
Jeff got caught up in an international identity theft crime ring and would have continued unknowingly aiding criminals unless Chris and his team exposed Jeff to the truth. There was no Wendy and Jeff was out all of the money he had spent.
‘Dshocker’ Hacks America For Three Years
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Rob Douglas
"Court records said [Dshocker] gained access to corporate computer systems, including the networks of Charter Communications, Road Runner, and Comcast, and would steal information about customers."
Data Breach Leads to Extortion
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Keith Lubsen, Founder -
Now several large groups of customers of Express Scripts have received similar letters of extortion.
FTC & EPIC Take Action Against Spyware
Monday, November 17, 2008
Rob Douglas, Editor -
Today, the FTC - in response to a complaint filed by our friends over at the Electronic Privacy Information Center(EPIC) - obtained a temporary restraining order “halting the sale of keylogger spyware. According to the FTC’s complaint, the Florida-based CyberSpy Software, LLC marketed and sold RemoteSpy keylogger spyware to clients who would then secretly monitor unsuspecting consumers’ computers.”
Internet Cybercriminals Prowl for Corporate Info
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Rob Douglas, Editor -
The wide-spread success of identity thieves is pushing organized crime to attack corporate databases in search of proprietary information to exploit.
Utah Attorney General's Economic Crime Conference (Part 5)
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Keith Lubsen, Founder -
As the second day of the conference got underway, attorneys from the law firm Parr Waddoups Brown & Loveless told how notes are currently the most prominent area of securities fraud, specifically unregistered notes and oral notes.
President-Elect Obama and Family Already Gone Phishing
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Keith Lubsen, Founder -
I received another phishing email this evening from "NEWS Sensation" with the subject line "Michelle Obama died." Unfortunately, a lot of people are going to take the bait and become victims of these recent phishing scams.
Utah Attorney General's Economic Crime Conference (Part 4)
Friday, November 07, 2008
Keith Lubsen, Founder -
Perfect Home Living’s goal is to “eliminate existing and emerging patterns of real estate fraud." Michael effectively demonstrated how widespread real estate fraud is in the state of Utah. According to the MARI Index, the state of Utah ranks #1 in the nation for mortgage fraud.
Utah Attorney General's Economic Crime Conference (Part 3)
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Keith Lubsen, Founder -
FBI Special Agent Jensen also made a clear connection between various terrorists, identity theft and related crimes. As these terror organizations need funding, many have turned to economic crimes to fund their operations.
Utah Attorney General's Economic Crime Conference (Part 2)
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Keith Lubsen, Founder -
A cybercriminal takes comparably little risk by remotely gaining access to just one wealthy users account and can steal hundreds of thousands of dollars or more. This fact makes it very clear how important online banking security has become.
Utah Attorney General's Economic Crime Conference (Part 1)
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Keith Lubsen, Founder -
Linda Criddle’s specialty is knowledge about how criminals profile their victims. She demonstrated how quickly and easily a criminal can build a profile on a victim. Using social networking sites, public records and other profiling techniques Linda quickly amassed enough data about a female teenage example to send a chill down the spine of audience members.
Ram Mohan Named to ICANN Board
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Rob Douglas, Editor - congratulates Ram Mohan on being named to the ICANN Board of Directors. Ram Mohan, Executive Vice-President & Chief Technology Officer of Afilias Global Registry Services, has been selected by the ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) to serve as its non-voting liaison on the ICANN Board of Directors.
‘Sinowal’ Trojan Steals Bank & Credit Accounts
Monday, November 03, 2008
Rob Douglas, Editor -
“A single cyber crime group has stolen more than a half million bank, credit and debit card accounts over the past two-and-a-half years using one of the most advanced strains of computer spyware in existence, according to research to be published today. The discovery is among the largest stolen data caches ever recovered.”
MAAWG Leads Industry in Fighting Botnets
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Rob Douglas, Editor -
“Bots” and “zombies” are computers infected with malicious code spread via contaminated emails, instant messages or Web sites and installed without the user’s permission. The bots often are coordinated into covert networks used to send spam, or “botnets” that can entail hundreds of thousands of unsuspecting computers.
IRS Hotline for Identity Theft Victims
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Rob Douglas, Editor -
The All Consuming Blog at the Washington State Office of the Attorney General has an entry today titled IRS Opens Hotline for Identity Theft Victims reporting that the IRS has opened a hotline for identity theft victims.
Are Internationally Outsourced Call Centers A Security Threat?
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Rob Douglas, Editor -
I’m always amazed that most businesses entrust critical customer account information to those with the least experience, the lowest pay and the highest turnover. Not exactly the best way to secure the lifeblood of any business.
Did ‘Joe the Plumber’ Get Plumbed
Monday, October 27, 2008
Rob Douglas, Editor -
For an individual to have their records pulled - merely because they dared to ask a question of a political candidate - strikes at the heart of American values and denigrates the principles this country was founded upon.
A Tip of the Hat to The Breach Blog
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Rob Douglas, Editor -
Thank you to Evan Francen over at The Breach Blog for listing as one of his favorite web sites. At and, we feel the same way about Evan and the great job he does staying abreast of the latest data and security breaches around the world.
Inside The Minds of Cybercriminals
Friday, October 24, 2008
Rob Douglas, Editor -
Over time, I've realized that what I saw as audacity on the part of many criminals in their view of why their actions were not unlawful, or even wrong, was actually the workings of the mind of a sociopath.
President’s Identity Theft Task Force Report
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Rob Douglas, Editor -
The Identity Theft Task Force created by President Bush in May of 2006 and co-chaired by Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey and Federal Trade Commission Chairman William E. Kovacic, released a progress report this week.
FTC Delays ID Theft Red Flags Rules
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Rob Douglas, Editor -
The FTC announced today that they are suspending the implementation of the Identity Theft Red Flags Rule. Originally, the rule was to be enforced as of November 1, 2008, but the six-month extension moves the date to May 1, 2009.
Illegal Immigration, Identity Theft and the Supremes
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Rob Douglas, Editor -
Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court announced it will step into the issue of illegal immigrants and their use of fraudulent identities when securing employment. No matter the outcome, the decision is certain to be controversial.
Gambling with Your Identity
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Rob Douglas, Editor -
If you gamble online and off-shore, you may be throwing more than just your money away.
Avoiding Identity Theft at the Register
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Rob Douglas, Editor -
5 points consumers should keep in mind when paying in-person by credit card.
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