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Governor Chris Christie announces the creation of position of Chief Technology Officer by appointing David Weinstein as the first ever CTO during a press conference at the statehouse in Trenton, N.J. on Monday, June 20, 2016. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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Christie names N.J. cybersecurity chief to protect data, improve technology

Gov. Chris Christie appoints a chief technology officer, saying New Jersey must better protect data and keep pace with technological change.

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Christopher Biello
Christopher Biello
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NJ financial advisor admits identity theft that cost clients $500k

Christopher D. Biello, 43, is facing as much as 14 years in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 4, and may be ordered to pay back his 19 victims, the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office said Saturday.

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Are bank tellers the new identity thieves? Former NJ official’s warning

Apparently it's not just the robber in a ski mask you have to fear when entering your neighborhood bank. The "friendly" person behind the counter could be a threat as well.

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Cody Tyson and Edina Padilla have been charged with stealing a woman's identity to try to buy a luxury car. (Courtesy state Attorney General's Office)
Cody Tyson and Edina Padilla have been charged with stealing a woman's identity to try to buy a luxury car. (Courtesy state Attorney General's Office)
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NJ couple stole woman’s identity to try to buy $86K Mercedes, authorities say

The victim was alerted to the pending purchase and called police while the pair were still at the Rahway dealership, police say.

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Twice as many people will spend tax refund this year on vacations, shopping sprees

Tax Day — April 15 — is fast approaching. And if they're lucky, that means Americans will be deciding what to do with their refunds.

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Hacked! What to do when your personal information is stolen

Q. Last fall I received a letter from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), whose records had been hacked, saying my information was included in the intrusion. I don’t know if it’s true. It offered me free identity theft insurance and identity restoration services for three years. When I called for more information, they said I’d have to sign up using my Social Security number, birth date, and all the information I don’t want give out. Do I need to sign up?

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Arlington National Cemetery (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)
Arlington National Cemetery (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)
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The deceased can still be identity theft victims

Q. My parents both died years ago, but I still get lots of mail for them — credit card offers, junk and other stuff. Do I need to worry about someone stealing their identities? What should I do?

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Police body camera used by the NYPD (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Police body camera used by the NYPD (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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Your best “I should be dead” stories, bad weather driving and more on ‘D&D Today’

Here is what’s coming up on today’s show.

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Synthetic identity fraud impacting millions

Synthetic identity fraud continues to grow in the U.S., costing billions and impacting millions.

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Is someone going through your mail?

The theft or possession of someone else’s mail is a federal crime, but that doesn’t stop everyone.

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