Identity theft threat: Real or hype?

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: It’s Everybody’s Business As I began to research the topic of identity theft, a search of the subject resulted in more 25 million websites and thousands of books that include a wealth of petrifying stories. The subject of identity theft is important to the individual as well as to the business owner. […]

Identity theft modern-day nightmare

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico columnist My dear wife hollered at me from her position in front of the computer in our home office one morning last week as I was getting ready for work: “Did you buy something on eBay?” “Don’t reply, they’re just phishing,” I hollered back. “I don’t think it has […]

Expert: Identity theft increases during holidays

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CNJ Photo Illustration: Gabriel Monte Clovis Detective Sonny Smith said residents should shred junk mail and other documents containing personal information before throwing it out to protect their identities. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Identity theft happens year round but thieves strike more frequently during the holidays because of increased shopping activity, according to […]

Proving identity grueling task

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico columnist Identity theft is a terrible thing but simply misplacing your identity isn’t a lot of fun either. My wife recently lost her purse containing her credit cards, driver’s license, Social Security card and approximately $5,000 in makeup. She said the loss of all of her personal information made […]

First Person: Spring Identity Unique

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Editor’s note: In honor of Thursday being the first day of spring, we located the only person named Spring listed in the phone book. Clovis native Judy Spring, 68, a licensed nurse, cares for her longtime friend and neighbor. Spring spends at least 10 hours a day, five days a […]

Password protected

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Freedom New Mexico illustration: Liliana Castillo Multiple passwords have become an everyday part of computer security. By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Computer passwords. They’ve become a part of every day life as computer technology continues to grow. Nearly every Web site requires a username and password to view some, if not all, of its […]

Finding identity difficult process

By Anita Doberman: Columnist My cousin M. was recently divorced. During a family gathering, she shared with my sister and me how difficult it was to start a new life as a single woman after having been married for many years. M. joked that her couch cushions permanently show her body imprint because, since getting […]

Quotas encourage, not dissuade illegal immigrants

By Freedom Newspapers We still don’t know enough to assess certain aspects of last week’s dramatic raids on six meatpacking plants owned by Swift & Co. The raids, conducted in six different states including one near Amarillo, led to 1,282 suspected illegal immigrants being arrested and more than 100 being charged with various serious crimes, […]

Miss N.M shares identity theft story

By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers A victim of the growing identity theft problem, Miss New Mexico 2006 Christina Hall is helping others avoid a similar situation. “When I was 19 my identity was stolen by a girl who renewed her driver’s license under my name,” said Hall, a 2005 Eastern New Mexico University graduate. “I […]

Take steps to protect against identity theft

Terry Blaschke: Guest Columnist Identity theft is the nation’s fastest-growing crime. More than 40,000 Americans reported incidents of identity theft during 2000, with more than half of the complaints involving credit card fraud, according to the Federal Trade Commission. That’s roughly one case of identity theft reported every 19 minutes. Identity thieves can strike at […]

10/11 Local Roundup

Staff reports Woman’s identity remains unclear Clovis police are still working to identify a woman found Friday in an alley in the 3100 block of Ross St., according to Capt. Ron Hutchison of the Clovis Police Department. The police have not received any calls that could shed light on the woman’s identity, Hutchinson said. She […]

ID theft legislation slippery slope

Few things can be more infuriating than having someone steal your identity — Social Security number, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, even your medical records. Such “identity theft” — as well as the related simple loss or unauthorized release of personal information — is occurring more often in our digitized society. On Monday, California […]

Police concerned about identity theft

By David Irvin: CNJ Staff Writer Bob Hagan of the New Mexico Securities Division said many victims of identity theft don’t even know they have fallen victim to a crime. “It’s important for people to realize they are a victim of a crime and file a report,” he said. “We believe that here in New […]

Personal protection: ID theft can happen to anyone

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A U.S. Postal Service poster warning people of identity theft hangs in the lobby of the post office on Gidding Street. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marc Schoder: CNJ correspondent Years ago, Scott Davis went to a car dealership expecting to get approved for a loan to buy a new set of wheels. Instead, dealership […]

Palestinians must discover new identity

Freedom Newspapers Amid the public tussle over whether Yasser Arafat was more sinner than saint is a strong undercurrent of hope. With the leader the Israelis decided they could not and would not deal with out of the picture, is there a chance to redeem the promise of Oslo with steps toward peace? Should the […]