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IKE TROTTER: Protect yourself from identity theft

Whether they’re snatching your purse, diving into your dumpster, stealing your mail, or hacking into your computer, there are bad people out there. Who are they? Identity thieves. Identity thieves can empty your bank account, max out your credit cards, open accounts in your name, and purchase furniture, cars, and even homes on the basis of your credit history. If ...

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Ex-state employees, illegal alien plead guilty to identity theft

HATTIESBURG — Two former Mississippi Department of Public Safety employees and a man have pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit identity theft. U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis, in a news release, said 48-year-old Yolanda Jean Perkins and 33-year-old Lorena Gomez, both of Laurel, and 32-year-old Jose Martel Rivera, a Mexican native living in the country illegally, all ...

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USM looking into possible identity theft by ex-staff member

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi is investigating allegations that an employee accessed personal information of other employees on the Hattiesburg campus. USM President Rodney Bennett informed staff and faculty of the investigation by email yesterday. Bennett says the staff member at the focus of the allegations, whom he did not identify, has resigned. He says the University Police ...

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Woman accused of multi-state scheme to steal identities, forge prescriptions

RANKIN COUNTY — A woman alleged to be stealing identities and forging prescriptions has been arrested following a seven-month investigation, according to Attorney General Jim Hood. Sylvia Cook, 59, whose last known residence is in Jackson, was arrested in rural Rankin County.  Cook is wanted by Mississippi and Louisiana authorities for multiple counts of identity theft and prescription forgery. Cook ...

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Members of Nigerian 'Yahoo Boys' arrested for identity theft

GULFPORT — Sixteen people from several states and other countries have been arrested on charges that they took part in a fraud that used stolen information to get money and goods and then ship them to South Africa and Nigeria, according to documents unsealed in federal court yesterday. The charges by the U.S. Attorney’s office filed in Gulfport against Oluyitan ...

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ICBA: Community banks reissue millions of cards after data breach

WASHINGTON — The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) reports the nation’s community banks have already reissued more than four million credit and debit cards at a total reissuance cost of more than $40 million following recent data breaches at major retailers (numbers are based on a sampling of community banks). Due to their quick action in reissuing affected cards, ...

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BBB warns of scammers targeting Entergy customers

BRANDON — The Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Mississippi is warning of a utility scam targeting Entergy customers in the state of Louisiana. John O’Hara, CEO of BBB in Mississippi, says these types of scams “are like the weather, they start out in one area and spread out.” These scams will also move from utility company to utility company throughout ...

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