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  • 1/25/13 Shredding Event w/ Boca Raton Police

    Posted on February 14th, 2014 admin No comments

    This is from WPEC news station that covered the MicroShred and the Boca Raton Police Department shredding event at Boca Town Center Mall on 01/25/13.

  • UF: Shands patients could be victims of ID theft.

    Posted on April 9th, 2013 admin No comments

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida has notified almost 15,000 patients of a medical clinic that they may have fallen victim to identity theft.

    Letters were sent Tuesday to 14,339 patients of UF & Shands Family Medicine at Main following the arrest of a man who once worked at the clinic.

    The Gainesville Sun (http://bit.ly/12kBv0m) reports 25-year-old Arthur Thomas was arrested Tuesday following an investigation that began in October.

    A Jacksonville sheriff’s office reports says Thomas was stopped for speeding and officers found a duffel bag with about 1,600 personal identities on a computer-generated appointment information sheet. Officials allege that he acquired insurance information from patients and may have shared it with a third party.

    The university says patients at the practice between March 2009 and October 2012 may be a victim.

    (original source)

  • IRS deputizes local police and sheriff officers in Florida to help fight tax fraud.

    Posted on March 18th, 2013 admin No comments

    TheĀ Internal Revenue ServiceĀ has deputized law enforcement officers from 10 Tampa Bay-area agencies as a part of the Tampa Bay Identity Theft Alliance, which investigates allegations under federal bank and money laundering laws and exercise authority outside their current jurisdictions as local officers.

    The new Special IRS Criminal Investigators were sworn in at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Tampa Bay Regional Operations Center.

    The Tampa Bay Identity Theft Alliance was formed in July 2012 to combat the high number of identity theft crimes in Tampa and surrounding areas. The goal of this specialized law enforcement team is to investigate ID theft crimes and pinpoint vulnerabilities in personal and business transactions.

    Members of the Tampa Bay Identity Theft Alliance who were sworn in today include agents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, officers from Tampa, Clearwater, Largo, Brooksville and St. Petersburg Police Departments and deputies from Hillsborough, Polk, Manatee and Hernando County Sheriffs Offices.

    Other partners include the IRS, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Secret Service, Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General, United States Postal Inspection Service, Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General, Pasco County Sheriffs Office and Plant City Police Department. Outreach partners are Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay, CBS Outdoor Advertisers, HART LINE, Direct Mailers and the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Association for Certified Fraud Examiners.

    Five simple steps to protect your identity:

    1. Do not throw away ATM receipts, credit statements, credit cards, or bank statements without first shredding them.
    2. Never give out personal information online simply because someone asks for it.
    3. Never give your credit card number or social security number over the telephone unless you initiated the call.
    4. Reconcile your bank account monthly and notify your bank of discrepancies immediately.
    5. Review a copy of your credit report at least once each year.

    What to do if you are a victim:

    • Flag your credit reports. Contact the three major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion).
    • File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-ID-THEFT (1-877-438-4338).
    • File a report with the local police.
    • If you received a notice from the IRS, call the number on that notice.
    • Fill out the IRS Identity Theft Affidavit, Form 14039.
    • Call IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit 1-800-908-4490 if you think you are at risk due to a lost/stolen purse or wallet.

    (source)