Monday, August 18, 2008

Fraud Flash for the week of August 18, 2008

Aug. 12, 2008
Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo is notifying customers that hackers have accessed their confidential personal data by illegally using its access codes. Personal information including names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers and in some cases, credit account information was accessed by "unauthorized persons".

Child Protective Services
Hundreds of private, personal records were discarded with the trash, including records detailing medical histories of clients with diseases and drug addictions. Documents showing sexual abuse and information that could be used for identity theft, such as Social Security numbers, were also found in the trash.

Aug. 13, 2008
Charter Communications
Computers were stolen from the company’s Greenville offices and contained records of more than 9,000 Charter employees nationwide. The information included Social Security numbers, dates of birth and driver's license numbers.

Aug. 14, 2008
Wuesthoff Medical Center
Hundreds of people in Brevard County found out their personal information was stolen. Names, Social Security numbers and even personal medical information were posted on the Internet.

Apple Inc and MobileMe Online
A recent phishing scam targeting users of Apple Inc.'s .Mac and MobileMe online services has successfully duped hundreds into divulging credit card and other personal information, a security company said today. The phishing campaign scammed between 100 and 200 people with addresses in just one day. An e-mail purporting to be from Apple Inc. alerting users to a billing problem is, in fact, a phishing scam that's targeting users of Apple's online service, according to an e-mail forwarded from a Macworld reader.

Aug. 17, 2008
Bank of Lancaster County (acquired by PNC Bank)
Bank of Lancaster County, which has been acquired by PNC Bank, has been the most frequent target, but it's not alone. Last month Susquehanna Bank warned of fraudulent e-mails trying to trick customers into divulging account information; some Susquehanna customers even received text messages from scam artists.

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