According to the Software Company Adobe, hackers have accessed the personal information of around 2.9 million customers. The cyber thieves got away with information, including customer names, user IDs, passwords, encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates, and other information relating to customer orders.
Adobe is sending emails to anyone whose account was potentially compromised. If you received the email, follow the instructions to reset your password. Also, Adobe states if you have used the same user ID and password with any other website or service, you should change the password there as well.
If you are an Adobe customer with an online account and have not received an e-mail notification, it is still wise to change your password.
The company is giving customers whose credit and debit card info may have been compromised the option of enrolling in a one-year complimentary credit monitoring membership where available.
The company also said it has notified any banks that process Adobe related customer payments and is working with federal law enforcement to help with its investigation.
Bradford Thomas, 46, a Cobb County man has been charged with filing more than 1,200 false tax returns using the names and Social Security numbers of various victims. Many of the victims were incarcerated throughout the country.
False tax returns claimed more $5.5 million in fraudulent tax refunds that were directed to be deposited into bank accounts controlled by Thomas or individuals working with him. The scheme caused an actual loss… Continue reading
A change of address form filled out and submitted to the postal service can lead to identity theft.
Channel 9’s Nancy Alvarez in Florida was told, at a local post office, that a person can walk in and fill out a change of address form without showing any identification. The change of address form can also be made online.
Fred O’Neal, an attorney from the Orlando area discovered a week’s worth of… Continue reading
A Missouri supermarket chain recently discovered the data on about 2.4 million credit and debit cards used by customers may have been exposed. Schnucks, a St. Louis-based supermarket chain that owns 100 stores and 96 in-store pharmacies in a five-state region in the Midwest announced that it had found and contained the data breach.
According to the company, only card numbers and expiration dates appear to have been exposed… Continue reading
Identity theft has been the top consumer complaint to the Federal Trade Commission now for the last 13 years.
The FTC’s annual look at its Consumer Sentinel Network database of complaints found that 2012 was the first year the agency got more than 2 million complaints overall, and 369,132, or 18%, were related to identity theft.
Here is the list of the top 10 complaints:
- Identity Theft
- Debt Collection
- Banks and
The Better Business Burerau offers the following tips to keep your identity secure:
- Carry only the cards you need at the time. Minimize the identification information and the number of cards you carry in your wallet or purse. Do not carry your Social Security card unless you need it.
- Cut up old or expired credit cards. Be aware of inactive credit card and bank accounts. Check them periodically for suspicious activity.
With the wireless technology today, it is has become very easy to become a victim of identity theft.
Just recently, a stay-at-home mom named Jennifer Baker agreed to a hack-test. Until now her Internet security never really crossed her mind.
“I had just figured that we were secured,” Baker said.
A man called Tim was brought in by News Channel 10 in California to see if he could hack… Continue reading
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt issued a warning on Monday for seniors to be aware of criminals targeting them for identity theft.
“Identity theft has increased with our older population and it is important that Oklahomans know how to protect themselves,” Pruitt said.
Older residents can be more susceptible to identity theft because of the amount of personal data they give for health care or in-home assistance. Many seniors can… Continue reading
TD Bank has informed the Attorney General’s Office that it lost unencrypted back-up tapes containing personal information of more than 73,000 Massachusetts customers.
The personal information included on the tapes may have included names, addresses, Social Security numbers and account numbers. Also birthdates and driver’s license numbers.
“The loss of these tapes potentially puts the personal information of thousands of Massachusetts consumers at risk, and we remind consumers to take… Continue reading
The Better Business Bureau and Police and are warning of a new text message scam, where the sender claims to be from a major bank such as Bank of America.
Under this latest scam, customers are told there’s a problem with their debit cards, and then directed either to a website or phone number to resolve the issue.
When victims call the number, an automated message claims their debit card… Continue reading