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Target’s 40 Million Customer Data Breach

The retail department store, Target suffered a data breach which compromised 40 million customers’ payment information.

They believe the hack began on Black Friday and stretched more than two weeks to Dec. 15th.

Malware was responsible for the large data breach. The company is cooperating with federal authorities, including the Secret Service and Department of Justice, and is withholding additional details at the request of law enforcement.

The hack was limited customers shopping in U.S. and Canadian Target stores with credit and debit cards. Online purchases were not involved.

Hackers stole customer names, credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates and card security codes, Target said. PIN numbers, other customer information like Social Security numbers, and employee records were not compromised.

The company has notified “millions” of affected customers for whom Target has email addresses. CEO Gregg Steinhafel said “the cause of this issue has been addressed and you can shop with confidence at Target.”

Target also notified credit and debit card issuers, many of which said they were monitoring customer accounts for fraudulent activity.

Consumer should check their credit card statements, including for small purchases that could indicate fraudsters are verifying an account is still active. Customers should also contact their banks to request a replacement card - if one isn’t already on the way - and change their PIN.

Customers concerned about the breach can call Target at 1-800-440-0680 or look for additional information online at

Adobe Breach: 2.9 Million Accounts Compromised

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… Continue reading

Man Indicted in 5.5 Million Identity Theft Scheme

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

Postal Service Change of Address Form Can Lead to Identity Theft

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

Supermarket Data Breach Exposes 2.4 Million Cards

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

Once Again Identity Theft is Top FTC Complaint

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:

  1. Identity Theft
  2. Debt Collection
  3. Banks and

Better Business Bureau Tips to Avoid Identity Theft

The Better Business Burerau offers the following tips to keep your identity secure:

  1. 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.
  2. Cut up old or expired credit cards. Be aware of inactive credit card and bank accounts. Check them periodically for suspicious activity.
  3. Choose

Unprotected Wireless Routers Can Lead to Identity Theft

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

Attorney General Warns Seniors of Identity Theft

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 Loses Personal Information of 73,000 Customers

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