Posts Tagged ‘identity theft’

Businesses are Also Synthetic ID Theft Targets

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Early this month I was happy to discuss synthetic identity theft on the Great Day show. I briefly talked about how synthetic identity theft was also committed in the U.S. using business employer identity numbers (EINs). Crooks often target small and midsize businesses for this type of crime. After the show I got a lot of questions asking for more information about synthetic EIN identity theft. (more…)

Lessons from 3 Organizations That Made 3 Privacy Mistakes

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Even with the number of privacy breaches increasing, and with numbers of privacy sanctions coming from the FTC and other regulatory agencies and courts snowballing for companies doing irresponsible things with personal information, putting growing numbers of individuals at risk of identity fraud as well as physical safety risks, companies are still asking for way too much unnecessary and sensitive personal information purely for their marketing purposes.

And too many online media outlets, often reporting on or promoting these marketing efforts, are perpetuating these very bad privacy practices. Then, so they will not upset their advertisers, they actually are deleting comments that point out how bad those marketing and data collection practices are.  I recently just experienced such a situation with (more…)

Dairy Queen Will Trade Your Privacy and Safety for Free Ice-cream Cake!

Friday, May 9th, 2014

This morning I heard that in honor of Mother’s Day, Dairy Queen would give you a free cake if you would just send them an email with your baby’s birth certificate attached. What!?  Did I hear correctly? So, I did a search, and sure enough, there it was; on a list on the ABC News Blog (see screen image below): (more…)

Please Don’t Tell Me You’re Still Using SSNs as IDs!

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Okay, I just finished the 3rd conversation in just the past two weeks alone with an organization that is using Social Security Numbers (SSNs) as their primary form of customer and/or employee identification. I’ve written about this topic numerous times over the past 15 years.  Seriously; all businesses out there doing this, please make a plan to stop doing this! Why? Here are three good reasons.  (more…)

Stolen Print Documents With PII Found On Crook; Otherwise UCM Would Not Have Known The Reports Were Stolen

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Late last week one of my alma maters, the University of Central Missouri, reported that two printed computer reports containing 7000 students’ names, social security numbers, phone numbers, addresses, and birthdates were stolen from somewhere on the campus.

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Stolen Print Documents With PII Found On Crook; Otherwise UCM Would Not Have Known The Reports Were Stolen

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Late last week one of my alma maters, the University of Central Missouri, reported that two printed computer reports containing 7000 students’ names, social security numbers, phone numbers, addresses, and birthdates were stolen from somewhere on the campus.

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Rights for Privacy Breach Victims

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

I received a provacative question on Twitter last week from idExperts, “If you had a wish list of rights for identity theft victims, what would that be?”
Sounds like a great blog topic! :) Here are my thoughts…

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Memorial Day & ID Theft Using Info Of Deceased

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Every year since probably my first year on this world I’ve visited cemetaries on the Sunday right before Memorial Day. My parents’ reasoning was that we could get the graves and headstones decorated (Memorial Day is also known as Decoration Day) so that those visiting on Monday would see them. Probably where I got my habit of always arriving to meetings and events WAY too early! :)
This past Sunday my family drove my father out to three cemetaries to once more continue this tradition…

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Red Flags Rule Enforcement Delayed to August 1, 2009; FTC Providing a Compliance “Template”

Friday, May 1st, 2009

The FTC has once more announced a delayed enforcement of the Red Flags Rule to August 1, 2009

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Many Motivators For Identity Theft

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

I’ve heard far too many business leaders in lesser-regulated industries, of organizations of all sizes, say something to the effect of, “Oh, we don’t have any information that hackers would find of any value.”

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