Recently, the IRS has made a broad claim that communications via e-mail are not directly protected under privacy laws. This would seem to be counter to many of the discussions Congress has had over the past few years about tightening up those same privacy concerns. Whatever the outcome of these on ... More >>
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The Internal Revenue Service announced this afternoon the results of a monthlong crackdown on identity theft, and it look like there's more than enough of the crime to spread around. Houston, though, isn't as bad as most cities. The city was one of 17 "high-risk places identified by the IRS" for a ... More >>
From reading his most recent arrest affidavit, it looks like Darren Patrick Scheper had a good thing going there for a while. As his friends would later tell police, Scheper's hustle was to break into cars, steal whatever valuables he could find inside, and if he was lucky enough to find a wallet st ... More >>
Do you know where your PIN's going?Three men have been indicted for going to local ATMs and putting in overlay pads to intercept and store customers' financial info, the U.S. Attorney's Office says. Houstonians Jason Michael Lall, 38, John Pierre Griffin, 32, and John DaSilva Paz, 27, hid th ... More >>
Yeah, that's my name, give me my check.Newspapers and media Web sites regularly publish lists of people who are owed money by public institutions; if anyone bothers to read them, they check their name hoping to see they've forgotten all about that five-digit deposit in some bank they used to ... More >>
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Nakeshia Brown, a 30-year-old Houston woman, has been sentenced for stealing the identities of patients while working as a nurse at Memorial Hermann Hospital. The Houston Press wrote about Brown's case in a cover story about identity theft, published in June of last year. The story highlighted th ... More >>
The Houston Police Department announced today the bust of an identity-theft business that sold fake driver's licenses and counterfeit checks to almost 200 clients, operating out of an office near Greenspoint Mall. The "ring leader," 65-year-old Robert Lyles, allegedly purchased information ... More >>
Someone gets your social, ruins your credit, upends your life. And gets away free and clear.