January 22, 2013
D EAR HARRY: I do a lot on my computer, but not my banking. Yesterday, I received an email that had all the indications that it came from my bank, requesting my birthday and Social Security number as a result of "continuing review of our accounts for identity theft. " I was ready to comply when my wife gave me the amber light. I tried to reach someone at my bank by telephone, but I only got to an office that could not help me. They "could not transfer me to another service. " I then went to my branch office, and the manager said that the email was not something she knew about.
December 31, 2012 |
Sure, you can vow to exercise more in 2013, or to be a better parent or child, or to improve your performance at work or school. All worthy goals - and likely stuff you already try to do, perhaps with frustration at your own foibles. So how about adding some modest but easily achievable goals. Here's a list of three Realistic Resolutions for 2013 that won't make you a better person or save the world. But do them and you might save a little money or reduce your risks as a consumer.
December 17, 2012 |
BAD NEWS CAME in pairs for Bok Technical High School on Thursday. The school community learned that the 74-year-old school was recommended for closure by Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. Meanwhile, its former school operations officer was arrested for allegedly embezzling $27,000 from student activity funds, according to court records. Zara Sims, 41, of West Philadelphia, was hit with felony charges that include forgery, identity theft and theft by deception, according to records.
December 17, 2012 |
THE FORMER money manager for Bok Technical High School was charged late last week with embezzling nearly $27,000 from the school's student-activity fund. Zara Sims, 41, of West Philadelphia, was hit with felony charges that include forgery, identity theft and theft by deception, according to court records. She was released on her own recognizance. Sims, who was laid off July 1 due to budget cuts after 10 years in the district, failed to make deposits of "at least $26,823" into the student funds, according to the affidavit of probable cause.
December 6, 2012
AS A PARENT, you teach your children about stranger danger. But there's a different kind of perpetrator kids need to fear - the friend or relative who might steal their identity and damage their credit history years before they can establish it themselves. Experts have long warned adults that they need to protect their personal information from crooks who fraudulently obtain such data. Using stolen Social Security numbers or credit cards and other financial information, identity thieves buy cars and open new credit card accounts.
November 21, 2012
3 get prison in Ohio bridge plot AKRON, Ohio - Three men were sentenced Tuesday to up to 111/2 years in prison after admitting to taking part in an unsuccessful plot to bomb a highway bridge in Ohio with what turned out to be a dud device provided by a government informant. The father of Connor Stevens, 21, complained to the judge that his son had been entrapped. "My son is guilty," James Stevens said, "and so is the government. " Prosecutors had described the suspects as self-proclaimed anarchists who acted out of anger against corporate America and the government.
September 9, 2012 |
Medical-identity theft - the stealing of Medicare and other information from patients and doctors - is by some measures the fastest-growing form of ID theft. These sites help deal with it. Privacy advocates say not to carry your Social Security number in your wallet, but Medicare recipients are stuck with insurance ID cards that carry their SSNs. The Medicare bureaucracy is actively resisting change because of the expense of instituting a different identifying system. So, what to do?
September 3, 2012 |
Identity theft continues to plague consumers both online and off. So it's important to review basic safety measures. These sites could save you the expense and trouble of becoming a victim. Deter, detect, defend. Victims spend a total $5 billion yearly trying to undo identity theft. "Deter, detect and defend" against it, the Federal Trade Commission advises in a video on this page. Remove from your wallet anything with your Social Security number on it. And "be careful about your trash," by investing in a shredder.
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?