Thieves Initiate New Identity Theft Scams in Time for Tax Season

uni-ball(R) teams with Identity Theft Resource Center and Identity Theft Expert Robert Siciliano to Warn Consumers of Latest Scams and Offer Anti-Theft Solutions OAK BROOK, Ill. , March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Tax time scams are at an all-time...


uni-ball(R) teams with Identity Theft Resource Center and Identity Theft Expert Robert Siciliano to Warn Consumers of Latest Scams and Offer Anti-Theft Solutions

OAK BROOK, Ill. , March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Tax time scams are at an all-time high, according to Robert Siciliano , well-known identity and security theft expert and author of the book, "The Safety Minute: How to Take Control of Personal Security and Prevent Fraud." As economic pressures continue to increase, Siciliano says criminal activities such as sophisticated, organized theft, including the number of new scams intended to trick consumers this tax season, are expected to rise as well.

"More than 155 million tax forms were filed last year," said Siciliano, "the majority of them without incident.(1) But people need to understand that thieves are inventing new ways to steal identities each and every day. And since tax time is a key period when we see a spike in identity theft, it's crucial that we get the word out now and educate people about the latest scams."

As part of the its ongoing campaign to elevate awareness about the growing threat of identity theft, uni-ball(R), a leading brand of pens, many of which contain specially formulated ink that helps prevent check fraud, is working with the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and Siciliano to help stop identity thieves in their tracks. As CEO of IDTheftSecurity.com, Siciliano has seen first-hand the brute blow identity theft delivers to its victims, and has helped scores of them dig out from the financial and emotional turmoil of being scammed.

Together, the ITRC, Siciliano and uni-ball are issuing the following warnings, asking consumers to be on high alert during tax time for these identity theft scams and more:

"Identity theft is a giant octopus," said Siciliano. "Educate yourself on the many facets of the problem and learn your options to defend yourself from each leg of this monster. Doing something as simple as paying attention to the pen you use could save you thousands of dollars and endless hours of headaches. Personally, I never write checks or sign important documents without using a uni-ball gel pen with specially formulated Uni-Super Ink ."

"Uni-ball pens with Uni-Super Ink help prevent identity theft," said Steve Gradman , senior brand manager of uni-ball. "Our goal is to help ease the minds of individuals when writing sensitive materials - from legal and medical documents to checks and tax forms. It's a simple, inexpensive pen, but it packs a lot of punch when it comes to identity theft prevention."

Many uni-ball pens, including the uni-ball 207 gel pen, the Jetstream, Jetstream RT and Vision Elite roller ball pens, use specially formulated inks that contain tiny color pigments. This exclusive "Super Ink(TM)" helps prevent document and check fraud by absorbing into the paper fibers. When an individual tries to wash or lift the inked information written on the document, the ink remains "trapped" within the fibers of the paper, thereby discouraging the efforts of identity thieves.

Identity theft rose 22 percent in 2008, and Siciliano predicts it will go up again in 2009. "Now is the time to become educated in order to prevent this offensive crime," he said.

For more information on how to protect yourself this tax season, visit www.uniball-na.com.

(1) http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=188359,00.html

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