Bristol is among the the top cities in the UK in which people are likely to have had their identities stolen. A huge portion of people have either lost or had their identity or personal information stolen, including as a result of a company breach. As many as 24 per cent of those surveyed in Bristol have been a victim of identity theft, while a third of people in the city have a family member or friend who has been targeted. Some of those were directly affected by a company data security breach. That places Bristol sixth in the list of cities outside London where people are most likely to fall victim to the crime, behind Leeds (37%), Southampton and Edinburgh (32%), Newcastle (30%) and Liverpool (27%). The worrying statistic is part of a study commissioned by privacy protection specialists LegalShield, which surveyed more than one thousand people about their main concerns relating to on and offline security. The top concerns for Bristolians were their computers being hacked or … [Read more...] about Bristol has among highest rates of identity theft in the UK
Identity theft victims stories
WASHINGTON — I’m betraying no secrets by observing that the government shutdown provides a window of opportunity for identity and electronic theft.Trust me, the crooks already know this. And, unfortunately, so do I.Short story: I decided to start collecting Social Security (even though I couldn’t possibly be old enough) and created an account with the Social Security Administration, filling out all the proper forms and wondering if I was doing the right thing.Consider that second guess a foreshadowing of calamities to follow. In a word, I got hacked — and robbed.Hacking is a fact of this life, and identify theft is the future. Nearly 150 million people’s identities were exposed in the Equifax breach of 2017. Just last November, Marriott announced that private data on up to 500 million of their customers may have been robbed. At some point, mine fell victim, too.I confess that I’m not very good at managing life’s infrastructure — keeping … [Read more...] about Parker: Dealing with identity theft during the shutdown
Home HomeNewsEducationHealthTechManufacturing & LogisticsLife SciencesAg INnovationINPower INnovatorsBigWigs & New GigsVideoPurchase Gerry DickGerry's ViewSpeaking Engagement RequestSubscribeNewslettersPODCASTAppRSSOn-AirTV & Radio Listings ContactAbout IIBMeet the TeamContact UsIntern with IIBFlagship Stations Child Identity Theft: Are Your Children at Risk? Posted: Monday, September 24, 2018 9:58 AM EDTUpdated: Monday, September 24, 2018 9:58 AM EDTBy Kathy Hower, Senior Wealth Advisor, Bedel Financial Consulting [email protected](Image courtesy of Bedel Financial Consulting Inc.) Sounds absurd, doesn't it? However, young children are prime targets for identity theft. Experian estimates that one of every four children will fall victim to identity theft before age 18. How does this happen? More importantly, how can you prevent it from happening to your child?Untangling child identity theft can be time-consuming and costly. It could even … [Read more...] about Child Identity Theft: Are Your Children at Risk?
Richard McCarthy is being hounded for £3,000 after a fraudster opened a current account in his name A 41-year-old man is being chased for more than £3,000 after a fraudster opened a current account in his name at a bank he's never used. Richard McCarthy says that he is now struggling to prove to the bank concerned — HSBC — that he had no part in what he describes as a clear case of identity theft. His story raises serious questions about how easy it is for fraudsters to open bank accounts in other people's names — and how hard it is for victims to prove they are innocent. Richard, who is Irish, moved out of his flat in Bermondsey, South London, two-and-a-half years ago in order to return to Ireland and tend to urgent family matters. He shut down his limited company and put his career as a software developer on hold. He had always intended to return to London to work in the future. However, his plans were thrown into chaos in July when he received a call … [Read more...] about Crooks stole my identity… Now HSBC says I owe £3k
Motoring by Press Association 06/09/2018, 4:58 pm Updated: 06/09/2018, 5:24 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter A vehicle stolen in the UK has been recovered from Belgium after a cross-border investigation involving identity theft on the ‘dark web’ – the sinister online marketplace where users can buy and sell illegal products and services without any rules or safeguards. The case involved fraudsters who bought stolen identities from the dark web and used them to report a fake car accident between a Mercedes-Benz S-Class and a Range Rover Evoque in south-east London, according to anti-motor fraud organisation APU Ltd. After reporting the fictitious collision, the criminals obtained a Mercedes C-Class courtesy car from an accident management company called Accident Exchange, which they then attempted to steal by taking it abroad. However, as it reached the Channel Tunnel, the car’s built-in … [Read more...] about Vehicle stolen with help of identity theft recovered from Belgium