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Tougher Laws, Penalties Will Help Protect us

Monty Solomon (
Wed, 13 Apr 2005 13:02:47 -0400

By Tom Mashberg/ Identity Fraud

Tuesday, April 12, 2005 - Updated: Apr. 13, 2005 12:31 AM EST

Last of a three-part series on identity fraud.

After just four days as a data entry clerk at a members' club in
Philadelphia, Stephanie Mobley knew scores of Social Security
numbers. She used the data, Massachusetts officials allege, to commit
12 counts of identity theft against a half-dozen Bay Staters.

But if Mobley is found guilty, she faces no more than 30 months in
prison. Now, officials want to toughen the penalties for identity
theft to deter and punish one of the state's fastest-growing crimes.

Life's been hell and thief still has her SS number!

By Tom Mashberg/ Identity Fraud
Tuesday, April 12, 2005 - Updated: 03:54 PM EST

The woman who stole Cathy Caverly's identity has a lot of nerve. She
still lives near Caverly's longtime residence in Stoughton. She never
paid restitution -- despite promising to do so as a condition of her

She called a credit card firm to complain after Caverly shut off
a card she was using illegally.

And now, Caverly has been forced to take on the disruptive and
difficult task of getting a new Social Security because the thief
knows her old one.

LexisNexis cyber goof exposed data on 310,000: Initial number doubled

By Tom Mashberg and Jennifer Rosinski/ Identity Fraud
Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - Updated: 12:53 PM EST

Sensitive information on 10,000 Bay Staters was compromised during a
security breach at a nationwide data broker -- more than twice the
number initially reported -- the company said yesterday.

LexisNexis announced that nationally, 310,000 people were affected by
the breach, 280,000 more than was reported in March.

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