Identity Theft: Tax Return Filing Fraud

by Robin Slade

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Taxpayer-related identity theft is one of the fastest growing frauds. According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in 2010 there were 248,357 cases of tax return filings for refunds using someone else’s name and social security number, a 480% increase since 2008.

In 2012, the US Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), reported the IRS successfully thwarted 38% of identity-theft related tax returns, keeping $6.5 billing in improper refunds from being sent out of the Treasury. … Continue Reading

Child Identity Theft Solutions Emerge At ITAC Child Identity Theft Forum

by Joanna Crane

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Washington, DC, February 5, 2013– Workable child identity theft solutions are emerging, and further progress can be acheived if government agencies, non profits, and businesses collaborate to remove barriers that hinder the timely identification of victims and resolution of the crime, according to yesterday’s ITAC Child Identity Forum. … Continue Reading

Credit Card Fraud Really Isn’t Identity Theft

by Robert Siciliano

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With the holiday shopping season and after holiday season sales over, it’s time to review our credit card statements and make sure that everything that is on there was something you purchased. With most of us using our card a lot more during this time, there’s more chance of fraud or identity theft.

When most of us think of identity theft and being a victim of identity theft, we are really referring to credit card fraud. This form of credit card fraud is called account takeover and it occurs when a thief gains access to your credit or debit card number … Continue Reading

Ten Thousand Identity Theft Rings Operating in the United States


Identity Theft in Progress

A report published by identity intelligence research organisation ID Analytics last month indicates that there are approximately ten thousand different identity theft rings operating in the US. The organisation examined over a billion credit card, store card and wireless service applications over a four-year period in order to arrive at this figure. … Continue Reading

Survey Sheds New Light on Child Identity Theft

by Joanna Crane


Child identity theft has seen an increase in public awareness, legislative activity, and research in the past few years. The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime’s 2011 forum, Stolen Futures: A Forum on Child Identity Theft, identified … Continue Reading

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Unknown Credit Card Charges: Fraud or Legit?

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