Identity theft occurs when someone uses your identity in a crime or fraudulent act. It can happen to anyone—but there are steps you can take to protect yourself and to recover if it happens to you.
- Read your credit card and bank statements each month.
- Never give your credit card number over the phone, unless you made the call and trust the business or person.
- Report suspicious transactions to your credit card company or bank.
- Review a copy of your credit report at least once each year. Notify the credit bureau in writing of any questionable entries.
- Shred any documents with personal or financial information on them.
FBI News and Multimedia
Seven leaders of the Cape Town Zone of the Neo Black Movement of Africa and an eighth man were charged with multiple federal crimes relating to Internet scams.
An indictment has been unsealed following the arrest of Bobbi Jo Heiss, of Fresno, charging her with bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Acting United States Attorney Clint Johnson announced the results of the October 2021 federal grand jury.
Geoffrey Mark Hays Talsma of Portage has been arrested on charges of mail and wire fraud, interstate transportation of stolen property, and other related charges.
Nemanja Milosavljevic, a Romanian national, was sentenced in Boston in connection with an ATM skimming scheme operating throughout Massachusetts and other states.
Jayne Carbone of Saugus has been convicted by a federal jury in Boston in connection with a scheme to defraud her elderly uncle of his life’s savings.
Eighteen former NBA players and a spouse of a former player are alleged to have submitted nearly $4 million in fraudulent reimbursement claims for medical services that they never received.
Jeffery T. Henson of Danville, Illinois, pleaded guilty to wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and money laundering.
Benjamin Tekippe, a resident of New Orleans, has been charged with health care fraud, aggravated identity theft, and making a false statement.
John J. Cavanaugh, Jr., pleaded guilty in federal court to aggravated identity theft, and in a separate case pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the Small Business Administration.