42 Charged in South Florida’s ID Theft ‘Epidemic,’ Officials Say

Friday, April 24th, 2015 @ 9:26PM

By Paula McMahon Sun Sentinel

South Florida identity thieves are still using stolen identities to file fraudulent federal income tax returns and obtain lines of credit, but they’re also getting more creative, federal and state authorities said Thursday.

Offenders are now using victims’ stolen personal information to rip off unemployment and Social Security benefits and even claim state tax refunds from Ohio, Texas and Michigan, investigators said.

Fighting the crafty thieves is like an elaborate game of whack-a-mole, investigators said. As soon as authorities identify and shut down one type of scam, the criminals pop up with a new one.

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