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Minn. Tax Preparer Faces 28 Tax-Related Felonies

A 64-year-old Minnetonka man has been accused of stealing clients’ refund money while working as a tax preparer, the Minnesota Department of Revenue announced Wednesday.

02/12/2014

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Hackers May Have Used Pa. Company To Hit Target

The hackers who stole millions of credit and debit card numbers from Target may have used a Pittsburgh-area heating and refrigeration business as the back door to get in. Fazio Mechanical Services Inc., a contractor that does business with Target, issued a statement Thursday saying it was the victim of a “sophisticated cyberattack operation,” just like Target.

02/07/2014

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Pa. Credit Union Sues Target Over Data Breach

A western Pennsylvania credit union is suing Target Corp. for the cost of reissuing debit cards to about 75 customers whose account information was compromised by computer hackers who stole 40 million credit and debit card numbers from the retailer’s customers.

02/03/2014

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Report: Fraudulent Purchases Made On 5M Cards After Breach

About 5 million credit and debit cards out of the approximately 40 million whose information was stolen in a massive Target data breach have been used to make fraudulent purchases. The Wall Street Journal says that translates to about 10 to 15 percent of the accounts that were compromised late last year.

01/31/2014

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Government To Track Down Thieves In Target Breach

Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department is committed to tracking down the thieves who stole information from millions of customers of Target Corp. Minneapolis-based Target says it is working with the Secret Service and the Justice Department.

01/29/2014

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Poll: Data Breaches Not Changing People’s Habits

American shoppers say they are very concerned about the safety of their personal information following a massive security breach at Target, but many aren’t taking steps to ensure their data is more secure, says a new Associated Press-GfK Poll.

01/27/2014

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Inside Minnesota BCA’s Financial Crimes Task Force

A security breach at Target stores across the country left tens of millions of Americans vulnerable to identity theft. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s Financial Crimes Task Force works across the state to crack financial crimes.

01/25/2014

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Target CEO Defends Company’s Response To Breach

The CEO of Target is finally speaking out after the massive security breach that impacted millions of Americans over the holidays. He’s defending Target and how the company has handled the breach, and said the company is working now to gain back the trust of many shoppers.

01/13/2014

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Massive Target Breach Could Have Lasting Effects

Fallout from Target’s pre-Christmas security breach is likely to affect the company’s sales and profits well into the new year. The company disclosed on Friday that the massive data theft was significantly more extensive and affected millions more shoppers than the company reported in December. As a result of the breach, millions of Target customers have become vulnerable to identity theft, experts say. The nation’s second largest discounter said hackers stole personal information — including names, phone numbers as well as email and mailing addresses — from as many as 70 million customers as part of a data breach it discovered last month.

01/10/2014

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Target Warns: Be Wary Of Phishing Emails

Target says it has learned of some incidents of scam emails related to its recent data breach and is setting up a section of its corporate website to post copies of all official communication. The company says it is aware of “limited instances” of scam emails. Spokeswoman Molly Snyder says the company doesn’t have any other specifics to provide about the fake emails.

12/24/2013

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Which Is Better — Pushing Credit Or Debit?

We know you’re looking for the easiest and smartest ways to shop as we get closer to Christmas. This week we are getting to the bottom of some of your holiday shopping questions. For Tuesday, we decided to take a look at that card you’re swiping. Is it better to press “debit” or “credit”?

12/03/2013

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4 Charged In ID Theft Ring Targeting State Employees

Ramsey County investigators say they have busted a major identity theft ring involving the personal information of hundreds. Four St. Paul women have been charged in the string of ID thefts.

09/06/2013

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Woman Sentenced For Stealing Identity Of Minor In Her Care

A former personal care attendant has been sentenced for stealing the identity of a minor in her care, the United States Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.

05/14/2013

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Woman Accused In Gas Pump Skimming Case Found Guilty

A 28-year-old California woman was convicted of identity theft involving at least eight victims in a gas pump credit card skimming case.

03/18/2013

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Care Attendant Pleads Guilty To Fraud, Stealing Minor’s ID

A 40-year-old personal care attendant pleaded guilty Monday to defrauding and stealing the identity of a minor in her care, the Justice Department said.

11/19/2012

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