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Identity Theft in Alabama

Alabama MapA $50 billion industry is big business. Unfortunately, that's how much fraudulent activity occurs each year as a result of identity theft. In an average year, more than 3,500 Alabama residents report being victims of identity theft.

There are a variety of ways in which data thieves can steal your personal information. They can sift through trash to find bills and credit statements; they can steal credit and debit card numbers when your card is used; they can "phish" your email and retrieve your data while posing as legitimate businesses. It seems that new ways to abuse your personal information emerge every day.

Once they have your data, it doesn't take long for them to wreak havoc. For example, they can drain your bank and checking accounts. Or, they can open new loans for cars and other big ticket items. They can even charge your accounts for vacations, home furnishings, and surgical procedures such as liposuction and plastic surgery. And after you realize you're a victim, it can take months or even years to straighten out the mess. While no one can guarantee that your personal information will never be stolen, Identity Theft Protection services work to make sure that this information cannot be used to hurt you, particularly with respect to your credit score.

Identity theft prevention experts recommend a number of steps that Alabama residents can take to better protect themselves from having their identity stolen. First, don't make a habit of carrying your social security card or any other document bearing your SSN. Second, only disclose your SSN when absolutely required, not just because a business asks for it. Third, check your credit report every year to make sure there are no open lines of credit that you don't recognize. Finally, don't give out personal information over the phone unless it is a call you initiated or you are absolutely sure of the identity of the person calling; a recent scam involves callers pretending to be from the IRS in order to gain personal information from the person who answers the phone.


Former Alabama bank president pleads guilty to identity theft in $100,000 fraud scheme

A former bank president already sentenced to federal prison has now pleaded guilty on state charges for issuing fraudulent loans and using the money for himself. John Kevin Vann, 57, pleaded to a char...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 16:56:00 GMT

Protect Your Kids From Identity Theft by Freezing Their Credit

If you've taken steps to protect yourself from identity theft, good on you. But if you're a parent ... Advertisement And those identities are worth more to fraudsters than their parents', Al Pascual, ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Jul 2018 07:36:00 GMT

Ex-Alabama bank president pleads guilty in fraud scheme reports 57-year-old John Kevin Vann, of Tuscaloosa, pleaded Thursday to a charge of identity theft before Bibb County Circuit Judge Donald McMillan. District Attorney Michael Jackson says Vann, ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 18:00:00 GMT

Former state auditor accused of ID theft, license crime

A criminal complaint accuses a former senior state auditor of identity theft and altering or forging driver's licenses ... who scored three times in the ninth before going on to beat Alabama's Nick Sa...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 07:32:00 GMT

Alleged internet predator misses AL hearing, on the run

Iosif Florea is indicted on four counts of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, and was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in federal court - but he didn't show. The judge issued a bench warrant f...

Published:  Tue, 10 Jul 2018 15:37:00 GMT

Thursday's college football: Saban's coaching tree casts shadow over SEC

Alabama is 125-14 under Saban in the last 10 seasons ... theft of government funds and aggravated identity theft. Alexander is the owner of Wizard Business Center, a Tallahassee tax preparation busine...

Published:  Thu, 19 Jul 2018 17:04:00 GMT

Woman arrested at Walmart with stolen IDs, credit cards, forged checks; bail set at $210K

Forged checks, stolen identity cards and multiple credit cards were seized when Madison police arrested a theft suspect at Walmart on Monday, authorities said. Kesha Ann Stewart, a 26-year-old from De...

Published:  Thu, 19 Jul 2018 21:34:00 GMT

The Insane Saga of the Fake Saudi Prince Who Scammed Miami's Rich and Famous

Yet, on March 4, 2014, the then-43-year-old Colombian native told federal Judge George Caram Steeh that his days impersonating Khalid bin Al-Saud were behind him ... a foreign government official, ide...

Published:  Wed, 18 Jul 2018 07:25:00 GMT

FAQ: Elections in Iraq - what will happen to the biometric data of voters

According to the head of the IHEC, Riadh Al-Badran, a voter "must not waste his card and ... or will it be an attractive target for hackers and expose people to the risk of identity theft Iraqis have ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 12:31:00 GMT

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