Tag: Identity Theft

Fraudulent Jobless Claims Slow Relief to the Truly Desperate

When Alexandria Preston had to leave her job as a medical assistant to care for her two children during the pandemic, she didn’t encounter endless delays like so many others trying to get unemployment benefits. But three weeks later, the payments stopped coming. Then her account was canceled entirely — forcing her to dip into […]

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Fraudulent Covid Antibody Tests? FBI Warns of Scammers, Identity Theft

The F.B.I. has issued a warning about scammers who advertise fraudulent Covid-19 antibody tests as a way to obtain personal information that can be used for identity theft or medical insurance fraud. The warning, issued Friday, is the latest in a series of alerts from the federal government about fraudulent exploitation of the coronavirus pandemic. […]

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Couple Bilked Medicaid for $13 Million to Pay for Lavish Lifestyle, U.S. Says

They shared photos on social media of their private jet, stacks of Tiffany & Company boxes and a crystal decanter of Louis XIII cognac, often accompanied by the hashtags #jetsetter, #millionaire, #billionaire and #entrepreneur. But prosecutors said that the lavish lifestyle that Latisha and Timothy Harron flaunted online was one that they could not afford […]

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Kayleigh McEnany Displays One of Trump’s Checks in a Little Too Much Detail

WASHINGTON — It’s a feel-good story that President Trump’s press secretaries have relished over the years: the quarterly announcement of which government agency Mr. Trump has selected to be the lucky recipient of his salary, an easy way to show the president sticking to his 2016 campaign pledge to forgo his $400,000 salary and donate […]

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EasyJet Says Cyberattack Stole Data of 9 Million Customers

EasyJet, the low-cost airline based in England, said on Tuesday that it was the target of a “highly sophisticated” cyberattack that exposed the email addresses and personal travel plans of about nine million customers, and that some had their credit card details stolen. The airline said in a statement that as soon as it became […]

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EasyJet Says Cyberattack Stole Data of 9 Million Customers

EasyJet, the low-cost airline based in England, said on Tuesday that it was the target of a “highly sophisticated” cyberattack that exposed the email addresses and personal travel plans of about nine million customers, and that some had their credit card details stolen. The airline said in a statement that as soon as it became […]

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What Pandemic Scams Are People Falling For

For one thing, millions of people are filing new claims for unemployment benefits and awaiting stimulus checks. So when a phone call or an email from someone purporting to be a bank or a government official comes in, it is tougher for us to ignore. Plus with so many people being required to work from […]

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‘Pure Hell for Victims’ as Stimulus Programs Draw a Flood of Scammers

The federal government’s stimulus checks were meant to help people exactly like Krystle Phelps of Owasso, Okla. She and her husband, Christopher, who have two children, recently lost their incomes after Oklahoma shut down the bars near Tulsa that she cleaned and that he supplied with vending machines. But when Ms. Phelps, 33, went to […]

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Bogus Vaccines. Fake Testing Sites. Virus Frauds Are Flourishing.

Offers of bogus drugs to prevent or treat coronavirus infection. Websites selling fake vaccines. False promises of speedier receipt of government stimulus checks. This is the new face of fraud. With millions of Americans out of work and hunkered down at home because of the pandemic, twists on tried-and-true criminal techniques are flourishing. Multiple federal […]

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To the Person Who I Apparently Share an Email With, You Have a Job Offer on the Table, Bro

Photo: Shutterstock My real name, while not traditional, isn’t exactly unique. This means that I remember when Gmail first dropped, I did a mad dash (did you have to be invited back then? I can’t remember) to get my FIRSTNAME.LASTNAME@gmail.com account. And I did. I’ve had that email account for well over a decade now […]

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Police Stumble upon 55 Stolen iPhones in a Speeding Car, Four People Arrested

Thieves often seek out iPhones and turn a quick profit by selling it to third parties. This time around Police has seized 55 stolen iPhones from four people in a speeding car. The Police started chasing the car which was being driven at 100mph in the zone with a 65mph speed limit zone. Luckily for […]

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U.S. Charges Chinese Military Officers in 2017 Equifax Hacking

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department announced charges on Monday against four members of China’s military on suspicion of hacking into Equifax, the credit reporting agency, in 2017 and stealing trade secrets and the personal data of about 145 million Americans. “This was a deliberate and sweeping intrusion into the private information of the American people,” […]

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Israeli Voters: Data of All 6.5 Million Voters Leaked

Israel’s Privacy Protection Authority said it was looking into what it called a “grave” security lapse by the maker of an app promoted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party that led to the exposure of personal data of all 6.5 million eligible voters in Israel, including full names and identity card numbers. […]

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