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Thread: Taxes filing.

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    FROM: http://kansascity.bizjournals.com/ka...0/daily25.html

    January 2, 2003


    Former Block worker charged in identity theft scam
    A complaint filed last month in federal court in New York led to charges that a former H&R Block Inc. worker and three other people conspired to steal the identities of 27 Block customers, an official with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service said Thursday.

    The complaint, filed by the Postal Inspection Service in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, alleges that Ivy Johnson, a former employee of an H&R Block office in White Plains, N.Y., stole the Block customers' personal information as part of the identity theft scam, said Eileen Bitzer, a postal inspector in New York.

    Johnson and three other people were arrested and arraigned on Dec. 19, Bitzer said, and each is free on $25,000 bond.

    Kansas City-based H&R Block officials cooperated with the Postal Inspection Service in its investigation, Bitzer said. The agency obtained subpoenas to get certain information from H&R Block, but that action is typical in such investigations, she said.

    In a statement released Thursday, H&R Block officials confirmed that Johnson had worked as an office manager for the company from December 2000 to March 2001. The company did not confirm whether any White Plains customers were victims of identity theft, but said it has received no client inquiries or complaints.

    The Postal Inspection Service describes identity theft as a major crime.

    "Identity fraud is digging deep into consumer's pockets "” millions of dollars were lost in the past year by financial institutions across the country," according to the Postal Inspection Service Web site.

    The Web site lists suggestions for financial institutions and individuals to secure their finances:


    Financial institutions or businesses that handle personal information should protect consumers' privacy by storing the information securely, limiting access to it and shredding the material before disposing of it.


    If you think you're a victim of fraud, call your credit card issuers to close or "flag" your accounts, and call your bank to put an alert on your checking accounts.


    Empty your wallet of extra credit cards and identification cards, or cancel the ones you don't use and keep a list of the ones you do use.


    Never give out personal information over the phone, such as your date of birth, mother's maiden name, credit card number, Social Security number or bank PIN code, except to someone you know or an established firm.


    Shred preapproved credit applications, credit cards receipts, bills and other financial information you don't want before disposing of them.


    Order your credit report once a year to check for accuracy or fraudulent use.

  2. #2
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    FROM: http://kansascity.bizjournals.com/ka...0/daily25.html

    January 2, 2003


    Former Block worker charged in identity theft scam
    A complaint filed last month in federal court in New York led to charges that a former H&R Block Inc. worker and three other people conspired to steal the identities of 27 Block customers, an official with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service said Thursday.

    The complaint, filed by the Postal Inspection Service in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, alleges that Ivy Johnson, a former employee of an H&R Block office in White Plains, N.Y., stole the Block customers' personal information as part of the identity theft scam, said Eileen Bitzer, a postal inspector in New York.

    Johnson and three other people were arrested and arraigned on Dec. 19, Bitzer said, and each is free on $25,000 bond.

    Kansas City-based H&R Block officials cooperated with the Postal Inspection Service in its investigation, Bitzer said. The agency obtained subpoenas to get certain information from H&R Block, but that action is typical in such investigations, she said.

    In a statement released Thursday, H&R Block officials confirmed that Johnson had worked as an office manager for the company from December 2000 to March 2001. The company did not confirm whether any White Plains customers were victims of identity theft, but said it has received no client inquiries or complaints.

    The Postal Inspection Service describes identity theft as a major crime.

    "Identity fraud is digging deep into consumer's pockets "” millions of dollars were lost in the past year by financial institutions across the country," according to the Postal Inspection Service Web site.

    The Web site lists suggestions for financial institutions and individuals to secure their finances:


    Financial institutions or businesses that handle personal information should protect consumers' privacy by storing the information securely, limiting access to it and shredding the material before disposing of it.


    If you think you're a victim of fraud, call your credit card issuers to close or "flag" your accounts, and call your bank to put an alert on your checking accounts.


    Empty your wallet of extra credit cards and identification cards, or cancel the ones you don't use and keep a list of the ones you do use.


    Never give out personal information over the phone, such as your date of birth, mother's maiden name, credit card number, Social Security number or bank PIN code, except to someone you know or an established firm.


    Shred preapproved credit applications, credit cards receipts, bills and other financial information you don't want before disposing of them.


    Order your credit report once a year to check for accuracy or fraudulent use.

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