Three women from Houston, Texas, stand accused of engaging in an identity theft scheme in which one of them, a contract employee of the Department of State Passport Agency, was in charge of stealing personally identifiable information of persons applying for a passport.
A member of the identity theft and credit card fraud ring known as Carder.su was sentenced to 150 months in federal prison for selling stolen and counterfeit credit cards over the Internet.
Data breaches are affecting consumers nationwide and residents in and around Washington, D.C.
"Tax fraud is widespread and happening as you read this," says security and identity theft expert for Credit Sesame, Neal O'Farrell.
The number of patients affected by medical identity theft increased nearly 22 percent in the last year, an increase of nearly half a million victims since 2013.
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