Enjoy our roundup of stories that piqued our interest this week.
This week we tackle the following:
- Study claims North Dakota among highest in nation for underage drinking - Massachusetts is the highest
- Leaders in Hamilton City School District now compare vape pens to drug paraphernalia - School officials turn to metal detectors
- UPS driver helps Houston woman in identity theft case after spotting fake ID - A doorbell camera captured the moment
- Tax Fraud and ID Theft Services Getting Cheaper on the Dark Web - Becoming more affordable every year on the dark web
A study released earlier this year claims that North Dakota has the second-highest rate of underage drinking in the nation.
Interviews with public health professionals and a look at police statistics appear to bear out that figure.
The study, published by Oxford Treatment Center, looked at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 2016 – 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. That survey asked people ages 12 to 20 about whether they’d drank or binge drank in the last 30 days.
Overall, the study found that a significant portion of young people in the United States drink alcohol and often binge drink.
For high school and middle school students in Hamilton, Monday marked the start of a new front in the battle against teen vaping.
"Vaping has more nicotine than an actual cigarette, which is horrible," senior Winter Davis said. "It could cause life-long damage."
Hamilton City School District officials are now using hand-held metal detectors to spot check students. The goal is to root out vaping devices that can look as unremarkable as a thumb drive.
A Houston woman said getting to know her delivery driver saved her from falling victim in an identity theft case.
"My UPS guy said that's never happened to him before," Kayla Sickman said. "He's been doing this for 32 years."
Last Friday, a doorbell camera captured the moment a woman approached a UPS truck. Before the driver could deliver the package, the woman asked for it.
Financial and social security identity theft services are becoming more and more affordable every year on the dark web, leading to a drop in the skill level required for tax fraud schemes.
This means that even the most inexperienced cybercriminals can now quickly whip up a whole new identity with just a couple of mouse clicks, without even having to bother making a call or meeting with an identity fraud "provider" face to face.
More to the point, it is just as easy for a crook to get his hands on the documents and credentials needed for running a successful tax identity theft campaign these days as is for someone to order a pizza using a food delivery service.