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By LYNN LITTLE | February 1, 2008
According to the FBI, more than 10 million people in the U.S. experienced identity theft in 2005. In Maryland alone, nearly 5,000 people experienced some form of identity theft. Over the last five years, 30 million Americans have been affected by identity theft - about 10 percent of the population of the U.S. The Federal Trade Commission reports that 54 percent of the victims of identity theft uncover the theft while monitoring their own accounts. Twenty-six percent are alerted by companies they previously have done business with, and 8 percent learned of the theft when they applied for credit and were refused.
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by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | September 1, 2005
A Hancock woman charged with identity theft was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months at the Washington County Detention Center, according to documents. Brandy Jo Allen, of 13916 Orchard Ridge Road, who was known as Brandy Jo Morgan at the time of her arrest, pleaded guilty to fraud by identity theft stemming from a May incident, according to Washington County District Court charging documents. Her boyfriend at the time, Matthew Gerald Allen, also of 13916 Orchard Ridge Road, failed to appear in court Wednesday, and a warrant was issued for his arrest, documents state.
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by MARLO BARNHART | June 11, 2002
marlob@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - A Gwynn Oak, Md., man accused of buying thousands of dollars in merchandise from a Prime Outlets shoe store with fraudulent credit cards has been charged with identity theft and several counts of felony theft and credit card fraud, Maryland State Police said. Michael Anthony McBurse was in the Washington County Detention Center on $45,000 bond Monday night after an appearance before a bond commissioner. Trooper 1st Class Russ Plante charged McBurse, 40, with one count of identity theft, three counts of felony theft, and 10 counts of credit card offenses, court records said.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | September 1, 2008
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The bad news is that authorities report seeing a higher number of identity theft scams targeting more people in increasingly diverse ways. The worse news is that there isn't much they can do about it. "Officers try to work with the postmaster, the attorney general and Federal Trade Commission, but it's almost impossible to track these people down," said Kim Green, a spokeswoman for the Waynesboro Police Department. Recently, a Waynesboro woman received a call saying she won $180,000 in the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes.
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by Lynn Little | June 3, 2005
Summer vacation time is a good time to remember to protect yourself from identity theft. If your wallet or purse is stolen, thieves might use the information in your wallet/purse to take on your identity. They could buy goods, get benefits and services, open new charge accounts, take money from your bank accounts, apply for a job in your name and more. You can take many steps to protect your identity. Never carry these papers or cards with you, unless needed: Social Security card, Medicare card, health insurance card, credit cards, birth certificate, visa or passport.
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December 13, 2003
Federal education officials are warning college students to watch out for identity theft amid concern that it could land young adults in huge debt. Education Department leaders today unveiled a Web site, www.ed.gov/misused, that offers advice on how to prevent identity theft - the stealing of personal information - and how to respond to it. The department has created several ways for people to report trouble, including a hot line, 1-800-MIS-USED, and an e-mail address, oig.hotline@ed.
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by BRIAN SHAPPELL | May 11, 2005
Woman charged with identity theft A Washington County woman has been charged in a fraud/identity theft investigation that was initiated in March, according to court records. Diana J. Stout, 48, of 11034 Sani Lane, was charged with three counts of fraud/identity theft, making a false statement in a credit card application, unlawful use of a credit card number and two counts of use of a forged credit card more than $500, records state. A summons for Stout was issued last month, records state.
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by DON AINES | June 17, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Lebanon, Pa., man was sentenced this week to six to 23 1/2 months in Franklin County Prison for illegally accessing the Web mail accounts of Penn State University students. Edward Barrenechea, 29, was sentenced Wednesday by Franklin County Judge Richard J. Walsh on two counts of identity theft, according to court records. In addition to the jail time, he received three years of probation. According to the affidavit of probable cause, a student at the Penn State Mont Alto campus reported to campus police that her Web mail account had been accessed and the password changed.
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By LYNN LITTLE / Special to The Herald-Mail | May 7, 2010
Did you know that identity theft is the fastest growing white-collar crime in the United States? The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) estimates that as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year. In fact, you or someone you know may have experienced some form of identity theft. Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal identifying information, such as your name, Social Security number or credit card number, without your permission, to commit fraud or other crimes.
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