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Robocallers slapped with huge fines for using spoofed phone numbers
Neal O’Farrell, executive director of the Identity Theft Council, says that neighbor spoofing isn’t just annoying – often, such calls are a means to identity theft: a lot of crooks figure that if they can get a live victim on the line, they’re halfway there. Read more.
Protecting your identity: the difference between a credit lock and a credit freeze
"For someone who’s arrested, they give your Social Security number, and suddenly you have a record for two DUIs in your name, which can be very, very hard to undo," said Neal O’Farrell, head of the Identity Theft Council, a nonprofit that helps businesses and people combat identity theft. Read more.
The Rise Of The Phone Scam Crisis
Neal O’Farrell, executive director of the Identity Theft Council and a fellow professional in the technology industry, explained that with such a rapid evolution of these crimes, robocalls are no longer just annoying, but very often a means to identity theft. Read more.
More than 1 million children were victims of ID theft last year
“I’m a big believer in credit freezes for kids,” said Neal O’Farrell, executive director of the non-profit Identity Theft Council. “It closes that file off to new credit, the same as an adult credit freeze. It’s not going to prevent criminal impersonation, employment fraud or tax fraud, but it will prevent the creation of a new account, which is what most identity thieves want to do.” Read more.
Here's exactly what you need to protect yourself from increasingly competent identity thieves
“There’s a level of ‘nightmare’ identity theft that’s rare now, but in the next few years could become the standard,” says Neal O'Farrell, Executive Director of the Identity Theft Council — not referring to the easy-to-shut-down scenario of a misappropriated credit card number, but something much more difficult to manage. Read more.
This former identity thief now fights the crimes he helped perfect
“After the Equifax breach, I was talking to some members of Congress about the possibility of new laws that would make a credit freeze mandatory for life; something that would be easy to switch on and off,” O’Farrell told NBC News. “All that [urgency] has gone away in just a matter of a couple of months. Read more.