Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE March 19, 2019, 8:12 PM GMT By Tom Winter and Rich Schapiro A notorious California con man has been charged with defrauding donors out of more than $250,000 sent to sham political groups and websites for Beto O'Rourke, Bernie Sanders and other prominent Democrats, prosecutors said Tuesday. John Pierre Dupont, 80, is accused of setting up at least three bogus political action committees, or PACs, and several websites that purported to be raising money for roughly 10 individual Senate candidates, a candidate for governor and for progressive causes, according to a criminal complaint. Instead of passing along the cash to the candidates or campaigns, Dupont used it to pay his rent, a parking ticket, and to cover the costs of a $25,300 Mercedes-Benz sedan, according to prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New … [Read more...] about California con man set up bogus websites for Bernie Sanders, Beto O’Rourke to defraud donors, prosecutors say
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Susan Tompor Detroit Free Press Published 7:00 AM EDT Mar 21, 2019 Lately, we're all worried about what crooks might find out about us on the "dark web." Given high-profile data breaches at places such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Health Alliance Plan, as well as Marriott and Equifax, it's not surprising that consumers are running scared. Consumers, though, might be expecting a bit too much when they sign up for costly credit-monitoring services. Do you really think, somehow, you can pay somebody to remove your Social Security number or credit card information from nefarious areas on the Internet used for criminal activity after you've suffered identity theft? About 36 percent of consumers who have seen ads for "dark web monitoring" incorrectly believe that identity theft services can remove their personal information from the cyber underground marketplace. "That would be a very compelling reason to sign up," said Susan Grant, director of consumer … [Read more...] about Stolen ID on the dark web? Here’s what to do
Dear Watchdog, I remember some time ago you published a column about the three credit reporting agencies being required to give us a free lifetime security freeze on our credit record in September."I figured you probably would do a follow-up on it at the appropriate time as a reminder to the masses out there.Did I miss it? Is it not time yet? Do I have this whole subject twisted up in my mind?Sincerely, Frank Wojie of CoppellDear Frank,Nothing twisted. You are exactly right. The federal law giving us free lifetime security freezes went into effect in September. But I didn't want to jump on it right away because of the disaster that happened last time. What disaster?After the horrible Equifax data breach - the private information of almost 150 million Americans stolen - I informed members of Watchdog Nation how to protect their credit with the three main credit bureaus.Then I heard from dozens of readers who tried to do what I informed them to do - but they couldn't because the credit … [Read more...] about This is how to protect your identity with a free lifetime credit freeze on your file at the major credit bureaus
Americans can put their credit reports in the deep freeze – and "thaw" them whenever they want – without cost thanks to a federal law that goes into effect today. Spurred by the massive Equifax data breach in 2017 that exposed the private data of nearly half of all Americans, Congress passed legislation earlier this year that gives every consumer the right to lock up their credit information quickly and for free. That makes it unavailable to both creditors and identity thieves. "It's not a cure-all, but it will be a great help in preventing identity theft," said John Heath, partner at Lexington Law, a credit-repair firm. Although consumers could freeze their credit in the past, most credit bureaus charged between $3 and $10 each time a credit file was frozen or thawed. That made the process cumbersome and costly. The new law makes the process free, and also demands that credit bureaus make the process nearly instantaneous. Here's what you should know about the new … [Read more...] about New law lets consumers freeze credit for free
Your Money Adviser Ann Carrns, New York Times 1:44 pm PDT, Friday, September 14, 2018 Now Playing: One year ago, Equifax announced a stunning data breach affecting 147 million people. Since then, the vast majority of Americans have taken some sort of action, and according to CompareCards. A new survey shows that 9 out of 10 people said they've don Media: Fox5 Consumers will soon be able to freeze their credit files without charge. So if you have not yet frozen your files — a recommended step to foil identity theft — now is a good time to take action, consumer advocates say. Security freezes, often called credit freezes, are “absolutely” the best way to prevent criminals from using your personal information to open new accounts in your name, said Paul Stephens, director of policy and advocacy with Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a consumer advocacy nonprofit group. Free freezes, which will be available Sept. 21, were required as part of … [Read more...] about Freezing Credit Will Now Be Free. Here’s Why You Should Go for It.