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(Family Features) With the popularity of online shopping and the willingness to offer personal information in exchange for deep discounts, consumers are particularly vulnerable to fraud during the holiday season.
On November 30, 2014, at approximately 6:40 PM, thieves broke into a commercial property and stole several large truck tires. The business owner reported the burglary and detectives with the Sheriff’s Burglary Unit are investigating.
It’s a trend forming around the country. Young children toying around with Airsoft guns, BB guns and toy look-a-like guns on the streets. Many of them paint or remove the orange tips on the guns that help distinguish that it is not a real firearm, something that is proving to be dangerous for not only law enforcement, but anyone that comes in contact with the person holding them.
(Family Features) The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is an exciting time. But from the crowded malls to the big online markdowns, a silent threat lurks – one with the ability to wipe out your good financial standing and make it a not-so-jolly holiday for you and your family.
On November 25, Pima County Sheriff’s Department deputies received a call around 1:40 p.m. in reference to an armed robbery that took place in the 6400 block of North Oracle Road (near the intersection of North Oracle Road and West Orange Grove Road).
The Oro Valley Police Department would like to provide the public with some safety tips for the upcoming holidays.
(BPT) - It’s the most wonderful time of the year – and for a lot of us, that means holiday shopping. But how careful are you when you’re entering personal information online to purchase gifts for your loved ones?
(BPT) - Experts anticipate the number of cyber threats will increase this holiday season, especially during the popular Cyber Monday shopping holiday, as shoppers head online and in-store in record numbers to purchase gifts. Consumers should be on alert following this year’s high-profile cyber data breaches at national retailers, yet many are not taking sufficient precautions to protect their personal information.
A steady stream of neighbors drove up to the old Picture Rocks Fire Station on Sandario Road on Oct. 18 to shred papers and receive information on fire safety and community news.
Identity theft has quickly become one of the most costly crimes happening today. In response to this problem, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department has partnered with Shred-It to host several “Shred-A-Thons.” The goal of these events is to raise the public’s awareness and educate them about identity theft. By shredding old documents, you can decrease the chances of thieves stealing and assuming your identity.
(StatePoint) With so many new methods for cyber theft, it’s important to remember to take extra steps to protect your bank accounts and money this season, as criminals look to take advantage of the increased spending activity.
In an effort to help customers succeed financially, Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) is offering its customers their free consumer credit score and complimentary credit report through Nov. 16, 2014. For more information about this limited time promotion, visit www.wellsfargo.com/freecreditscore.
On Oct. 18, from 9:30 a.m.to 1 p.m. at the Oro Valley Marketplace, located on the corner of Tangerine and Oracle Road, an electronic waste event will be held.
Northwest Medical Center and Oro Valley Hospital are among the medical facilities under parent company Community Health Systems (CHS) to have been impacted by a cyber attack that is said to have compromised the personal information of approximately 4.5 million medical patients across the nation.
(BPT) - In the United States, federal and state consumer collection laws forbid debt collectors from using unfair, deceptive, and abusive means to collect debt. Unfortunately, that fact doesn’t stop scammers from using threats of arrest and jail time to coerce victims into paying bogus bills they don’t owe.
In the wake of the announcement that the parent company of Northwest Medical Center and Oro Valley Hospital was the victim of a massive data-breach, Better Business Bureau Serving Southern Arizona is urging consumers to take steps to safeguard their identities.
(BPT) - Financial abuse of the elderly is on the rise and not only is it getting worse, but for every reported case of elder financial exploitation, 43 others go unrecognized.
Since August 2012, the Oro Valley Police Department (OVPD) Criminal Investigations Unit, along with the Tucson Airport Authority Police Department (TAAPD), has been working on a fraud case involving Brittney Leigh Underwood. The investigation revealed there were more than 40 people victimized by Underwood and more than $85,000 dollars fraudulently charged by her. On August 11, 2014, Underwood accepted a plea agreement and was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the following charges: aggravated taking identity of another, fraud schemes and forgery.
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The Arizona Department of Revenue continues to combat the growing epidemic of tax fraud whereby individuals file false income tax returns using stolen or fictitious taxpayer information. Over the past fiscal year, the Department of Revenue stopped over $74 million dollars in fraudulent refunds from being sent out.
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) Motor Vehicle Division has expanded the central credential issuance process to all offices statewide, meaning that customers visiting a Motor Vehicle Division or Authorized Third Party office to obtain a new driver license or identification card will leave with a temporary credential. The permanent license or identification card will be mailed to the customer and received within 15 days.
Effective today, the newly designed Arizona driver license – and a new process to get it – are now in place.
(BPT) - During the first 43 days of 2014, the Identity Theft Resource Center said 91 data breaches were reported by companies across the country, and the full list doesn’t just show household names of big brand retailers – many of these companies were small businesses, family medical practices or local restaurants that never thought they’d be cybercrime victims. For instance, the most high profile breach of 2013 – Target – was actually set into motion when one of its much smaller regional contractors was hacked.
Beginning June 16, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) Motor Vehicle Division is expanding central credential issuance to all offices statewide, meaning that customers visiting a Motor Vehicle Division office to obtain a new driver license or identification card will leave with a temporary credential. The permanent license or identification card will be mailed to the customer, and received within 15 days.