Monday, February 27, 2012

FTC Identity Theft - Mon Feb 26, 2012

FTC says tax-related ID theft complaints on the rise
WQOW TV News 18
By Amie Winters - bio | email WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government says the number of identity theft complaints involving tax and wage fraud is soaring even as law enforcement tries to crack down.Federal Trade Commission officials tell The Associated ...
Debt Company Asset Acceptance Settles FTC Charges it Harassed Consumers ...
That follows an increase of 17 percent in 2010, when, as in other recent years, complaints about debt collection practices exceeded every category of complaint except for identity theft. The fine against Warren, Mich.-based Asset Acceptance, announced ...
Changes to Federal Trade Commission rule target work-at-home schemes
Coon Rapids ECM Publishers
It could lead to identity theft. • Requests for upfront payments. If someone wants you to make an advance payment to “get in” on the ground floor of a new business opportunity – especially if it's a big investment, or you don't have much information ...
IRS Cracks Down on ID Theft, Tax Scams
Arizona Public Media
The Internal Revenue Service and the US Justice Department have swept through 23 states, including Arizona, to make 105 arrests and file hundreds of criminal charges in tax fraud and identity thefts. The agencies filed 939 criminal charges, ...

Easy, cheap ways to avoid identity theft
That fear drives sales of identify-theft protection services. Consumer Reports Money Adviser looked at nearly two dozen protection plans that cost anywhere from $120 to $300 a year. Executive Editor Greg Daugherty said save your money.

NC Attorney General warns of two tax refund scams
News & Observer
Cooper's office is hearing from as many 15 victims of this form of identity theft a week, according to the report. Identity thieves are using stolen Social Security Numbers to file fraudulent tax returns. Consumers usually don't know that they're a ... providing comprehensive answers for you and your family on issues regarding Identity Theft.


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