In a case that is leaving concerned parties with more questions than answers, authorities have arrested a woman who was posing as a nurse at a hospice facility in Georgia. Taiwo Sobamowo, aged 32, used stolen credentials and a similar name to gain employment at Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth. The woman, who even provided the name of the school where she claimed to have earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in nursing, had no medical training whatsoever, not even a lower-level nursing assistant certification.
The Identity Theft Resource Center has many jobs when it comes to identity theft and its related crimes. Besides working with policymakers and members of law enforcement, keeping the public informed about new threats to their data security, and gathering statistical information on identity theft crimes, the ITRC operates a 24-hour toll-free call center to make sure that victims have the support they need when they find out their information has been compromised.
Raise your hand if you’ve had to replace your credit or debit card in the last 12 months because of a data breach. More than once? More than twice? Chances are you were only inconvenienced or just annoyed with having to update all your online and auto-payment info with new card numbers.
Americans are more stressed out about cyber risk, identity theft and personal privacy than they are about their own personal safety, according to a recently released survey by Travelers.
Chip cards have been used around the world for many years as a deterrent to reduce counterfeit card fraud. Counterfeit cards are a huge problem in the US. Counterfeit card fraud is when a crook takes the information from the magnetic stripe on the back of a credit or debit card and copies it onto a counterfeit card. With this card, the crook can then ‘go shopping’ and commit fraud.
Since 2003, the Identity Theft Resource Center has been following up with victims of identity theft in order to get a clear picture of what happens following this type of crime. Survey respondents, victims who’d previously reached out to the ITRC, have reported a wide variety of feelings and emotions to having their identities stolen, with everything from an inability to trust others to emotional toll on relationships that this kind of stress causes.