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The most rampant robocall scams are linked to health insurance, Amazon and student loans

PHILADELPHIA – There’s a good chance the next caller on your cell phone will try to take your money or steal your identity. This grim statistic comes from First Orion, …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018, 4:10 p.m.

Police seeking help identifying fraud, identity theft suspect

Police are asking for help to identify a woman who is suspected of identify theft and fraud.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 16, 2018, 9:08 p.m.

Former president of Washington State Bar Association charged with stealing from Spokane law firms

The former president of the Washington State Bar Association has been charged with stealing from two Spokane law firms where she previously worked.


Seattle ICE lawyer facing prison time for stealing identities of would-be immigrants

A former ICE chief lawyer in Seattle faces a federal judge Thursday for sentencing on charges that he victimized “particularly vulnerable” illegal or undocumented immigrants by stealing their identities, according …


Democrats on House panel urge Equifax to extend protections

Democratic lawmakers on a House investigative panel are asking Equifax Inc. to provide its free credit monitoring and identity theft protection for at least three years.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, 8:43 p.m.

Former immigration enforcement lawyer says he stole immigrant IDs

The former chief counsel for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Seattle acknowledged in court Thursday that he stole the identities of people facing immigration proceedings and used them to …


Woman sentenced to prison for stealing from woman’s estate

A Winlock woman was sentenced to a year in prison after authorities say she stole nearly $44,000 from the estate of a woman who had recently died.


Companies you’ve never heard of are exposing your personal data

Here’s a fun question to pose to the family dinner table: Have you ever heard of Alteryx? Whether you have or not, chances are good that it’s heard of you. …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 11:06 p.m.

Identity theft scam netted Nigerians $11 million, and prison

A Nigerian man has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for his role in the bilking of over $11 million via an identity-theft scheme from the Internal Revenue …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 19, 2017, 4:50 p.m.

Computer file stolen in Oklahoma could put Spokane veterans at risk for identity theft

The staff at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center is working to determine the scope of what could be the potential release of records for 1,915 veterans, who could now become victims …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 7:43 p.m.

Equifax’s massive hack has a tiny silver lining

More employees are likely to see a timely new offering when they choose their benefits in a month or so – identity-theft protection.


After Equifax hack, LifeLock sign-ups jump tenfold

Since news of the breach, LifeLock has seen six times its usual web traffic and the company is enrolling 10 times as many new customers every hour than before the …


IRS see big drop in identity theft, stolen tax refunds

The IRS says it is seeing a big drop in the number of tax refunds being stolen by identity thieves after the agency teamed up with tax preparers to fight …


BBB Tip of the Week: Beware the malware

Learn how to avoid having your computer infected with malware, how to detect it and what to do if malware does make its way onto your computer.


UPDATED: Sun., April 2, 2017, 12:09 a.m.

Spokane police move away from assigning investigators exclusively to fraud cases

Fraud cases are now being assigned at the precinct level, rather than to a dedicated fraud unit of detectives, in the Spokane Police Department, a gradual shift that began five …


True aim of Initiative 1501 tangled in political brawl

There is great debate about whether Initiative 1501 on Washington’s Nov. 8 ballot actually protects seniors or is just another spat in the ongoing fight between a caregivers union and …


North Idaho man sentenced to federal prison for identity theft, lived under false ID for 16 years

A North Idaho man who assumed another person’s identity and moved to Tensed, Idaho to evade his sentence on a 2000 Colorado conviction for sexual assault of a child has …


IRS urges tax preparers to protect against identity theft

The Internal Revenue Service is urging tax preparers to protect against the theft of their clients’ data.


Judge sets bond at over $1 million for suspected identity thief

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Greg Sypolt set Reuteler’s unusually high bond amount last week. On Tuesday, however, the Sheriff’s Office


Inquiry into Washington state theft that risked data of millions yields few answers

Senate investigators indicated Monday they’ve received few answers from the Obama administration after a laptop and portable hard drives – likely containing names and Social Security numbers of millions – …


Hackers post data allegedly of 50 million Turks

Hackers have posted a database online that allegedly contains the personal information of nearly 50 million Turkish citizens in what is one of the largest public leaks of this scale.


Hotel cleaning crew helps nab identity theft suspect

A man was arrested for identity theft in Liberty Lake Monday largely thanks to a hotel cleaning crew.


IRS computer breach may have 700,000 victims, tax officials say

The IRS says the number of taxpayers whose tax information may have been stolen by computer hackers now exceeds 700,000 – more than double the agency’s previous estimate.


Why you should consider freezing your credit reports

NEW YORK (AP) – Freeze your credit reports before you get burned. That’s the message from security experts, consumer advocates and some state Attorneys General. They say more people should …


Police destroy Spokane couple’s stolen gift cards

Dana Divine was overjoyed last October when Spokane police caught the woman who broke into her car and stole her purse. She thought the arrest meant she and her husband …


US: More than 21 million affected by government data breach

WASHINGTON — Hackers stole Social Security numbers from more than 21 million people and snatched other sensitive information in a recent breach of U.S. government computer systems, the Obama administration …


Couple lose life savings in sophisticated scam

Marv and Penny Wasser were careful with their money. They saved for their retirement and had only one credit card, which they paid off in full every month. But that …


Woman arrested on multiple theft counts

A 21-year-old woman was arrested on 21 counts of theft-related activity during an investigation into vehicle prowling in north Spokane.


Man arrested after selling stolen iPhone at ecoATM kiosk

A Spokane man availed himself of new technology in June allowing cellphone owners to recycle their old devices for cash at NorthTown Mall. The problem? The phone wasn’t his to …


AARP program aims to protect older Americans from scams

Con artists aren’t just targeting the stereotypical old lady at home. It happened just last week to the wife of one of the nation’s experts on online safety – a …