A new nationwide survey by AARP shows that consumers continue to put themselves at risk of identity theft by ignoring simple protection tips like shredding personal documents, checking credit reports and locking mailboxes. But the report, along with interviews with convicted ID thieves, reveal Americans are falling even further behind in the fight to protect their identities as scam artists go digital.
People send checks to me every day. Sometimes they are for hundreds of dollars. Other times, they’re written for more than $5,000. But I can’t cash them. And neither can the people who send them to me.
Every year, many Arizonans fall victim to identity theft, investment fraud and scams. A recent report by Javelin Strategy and Research finds that nationwide about 13 million Americans in 2012 were victims of I.D. theft in which about $20 billion was stolen.
Beholding the late James Gandolfini doing a lovely job in a change-of-pace role significantly intensifies the already funny/sad aspects of "Enough Said," an engaging comic romance set amid the minefields that imperil starting up mid-life relationships. The title notwithstanding, writer-director Nicole Holofcener's look at a 50-ish divorced mother with a daughter about to leave home is never at a loss for words, many of them quite amusing, making the film a leading contender for best girls' night movie of the season. For their part, men will enjoy watching Gandolfini in a relaxed, self-effacing, regular guy performance.
Editor’s note: The Ahwatukee Foothills News is proud to share with our readers this weekly consumer advocacy column from ABC15 Investigator Joe Ducey. Beginning today, you can find it regularly in print, online at Ahwatukee.com, or on our “AFNNews” mobile app (available for download now at Ahwatukee.com/onthego).
Q: I just received a call from someone asking me to click the Windows button + R. The caller says he’s from the computer maintenance department of Microsoft Windows and they are doing a routine check. He left a phone number and his name and asked that I call back. I’m figuring he was up to no good, so I didn’t comply. — Cindy
No need to drive six hours up the freeway when you can find Sin
City right in your own backyard. Featuring the songs of Frank
Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, and many more, "Let's Go Las Vegas" looks
to bring an intimate atmosphere to the Ahwatukee Recreation Center
Louisville, Ky. • Long before his dazzling footwork and punching
prowess made him a three-time world heavyweight boxing champion
known as Muhammad Ali, a young Cassius Clay honed his skills by
sparring with neighborhood friends and running alongside the bus on
the way to school.
Maybe it's the holiday season. Maybe it's the cooler weather.
Maybe it's the sudden jolt of reality that hits when you wake up
the day after football championships were crowned and there's
abruptly nothing left.