Whatever tools an identity thief is using, whether Dumpster diving for individual credit card numbers, or stealing identities by the millions — “the damage that you can do to someone is exactly the same,” said Wayne Ivey, a Florida law enforcement officer who has specialized in identity theft investigations for more than 15 years. But this rapidly evolving crime is becoming more difficult to stop, Ivey said: Only one in 700 identity thieves is ever arrested.
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ID theft getting harder to stop
Lawmakers passed a sweeping bill, SB 838, to better protect consumers form identity theft and enhance criminal prosecution of identity theft. The legislation increases protection of Connecticut residents’ personal information, corrects a shortcoming in our existing identity theft statute, and enhances the criminal penalties and enforcement…
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CT Legislative Session Roundup
Schwartz asked the committee to require that the bill, proposed in February by Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, include privacy and security protections.
Just this week, users of the New York Times Web site experienced problems caused by a malicious banner ad that infiltrated the site. This fake ad caused a window to pop up on users’ computers, warning them they had a virus and instructing them to download software to fix the problem. Fortunately, most users know a pop-up like that is fake and likely a lure to get you to download software that will really cause problems, not the least of which may be identity theft.
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