March 6, 2013 |
Chester County police knew something else was amiss when they saw the driver of the car suspected in a hit-and-run crash throw credit cards out the window - lots of them. David Carroll and Rochelle Fraser, both of South Jamaica, New York have been charged with identity theft, forgery, theft and other related crimes, according to the West Whiteland Township police. On Jan. 25, Carroll was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run accident on North Pottstown Pike in Exton. Police saw Carroll's car traveling south on Route 100 after the crash.
July 27, 2012 |
Dear Harry: Last summer, I became a victim of identity theft. It was a mess to clear up, but I think I'm OK now. My credit-card statements are all OK and so are my store accounts, but I now have a new problem. Two of the major credit- reporting companies are badgering me with emails, and one called to urge me to put me on their credit-monitoring systems. I wouldn't mind doing this, but the cost is more than $130 a year. Do I have to go this route in order to make sure the person who stole my identity doesn't do it again?
February 21, 2013
DEAR HARRY: I'm a young, married guy whose mother got hit with identity theft a year ago. It was a problem, but it got straightened out with zero loss to her. It was emotionally aggravating, however, and she did need a visit to her doctor. I want to avoid that as much as possible. I see all kinds of ads for companies that will do that for me, but they seem to be more about boasting than protecting. There have to be things I can do for myself. Help! WHAT HARRY SAYS: The most important thing is to be alert so you can catch a stolen identity before it gets too far. Get an annual credit report from each of the major reporting agencies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.
January 17, 2002 |
Marshay Harris, already charged with stealing the identities of about 35 senior citizens at four suburban retirement communities, faces additional counts of identity theft stemming from approximately 25 other victims in Philadelphia and Delaware County, authorities said yesterday. Often posing as a security guard or nurse, Harris, 30, of the 600 block of Watkins Street in South Philadelphia, entered apartments in retirement communities and took credit cards, cash, checks, jewelry and various forms of identification, law enforcement officials say. In some cases, she had master keys to the buildings, said Michelle Rotella, Delaware County assistant district attorney, who is handling the cases from several jurisdictions.
June 18, 2003 |
The names of 44 Phillies, including Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt and hitting coach Greg Gross, were among those on hundreds of player-agent agreements removed from the online auction site eBay late last night, ESPN.com reported. The 377 documents offered sensitive personal information, including Social Security numbers, according to the Web site's Darren Rovell. The documents, Rovell said, were one-page agent-authorization forms, saying which agent the player would be using, signed by the player.
July 12, 2003
It's bad enough when a thief uses personal data to obtain fake credit cards in your name, and then goes on a no-holds-barred buying spree. Now just try to clear your name. As U.S. Treasury Secretary John W. Snow noted the other day, "How do you prove you are the real you, after someone else has stolen and ruined your name?" Answer: not easily, or readily. The nerve-wracking task of alerting police, credit agencies, financial institutions, merchants and other creditors that consumers have been scammed can become a full-time job in itself.
June 24, 2005 |
A former resident physician at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia was arraigned yesterday on charges that he stole personal information from colleagues and used it to purchase $12,895 worth of merchandise over the Internet. Joseph C. Kim, of the 5500 block of Wissahickon Ave., Philadelphia, rummaged through his coworkers' possessions and recorded names, addresses, Social Security numbers and birthdates, police said. Kim, 29, broke the law when he bought merchandise between December 2004 and April 2005, court records say. Only about $3,400 worth of goods was delivered before security at an R.E.I.
June 24, 2005 |
Identity theft is making Americans insecure - insecure in buying over the Internet and telephone, insecure in providing information to health-care providers, and even insecure in storing and destroying documents. The problem goes beyond the ability of individual consumers to avoid ID theft. The most savvy credit-card user, the one who follows the waiter to the cash register to witness the swiping of the card, cannot prevent the downstream breach of privacy caused by a corrupt or incompetent restaurant, bank, or credit-bureau employee.
December 13, 2007 |
Greg Parks has his own take, born of years wrestling with data-security issues, on the "Bonnie and Clyde" case now playing to rapt audiences around the globe. Parks is a lawyer with the Philadelphia firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius L.L.P. who advises retailers on ways to avoid lawsuits and even government penalties if their databases are breached and customer information is divulged. Parks said plenty of media and government attention has been focused on preventing disclosure of customer information from commercial databases.
August 17, 2001 |
Marshay Harris, who authorities say stole the identities of more than 40 senior citizens at four suburban retirement communities to fund a yearlong, four-state shopping spree, was ordered yesterday to stand trial in Delaware County Court. Often posing as a security guard or nurse, Harris, 29, of the 600 block of Watkins Street, South Philadelphia, entered apartments in the retirement communities in Bucks and Delaware Counties and pocketed credit cards, cash, checks, and various forms of identification, authorities said.