Identity Theft

January 17, 2018
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Right or wrong, Equifax was portrayed as the bad guy after its September 2017 announcement that it had been the victim of an unprecedented hack, in which thieves stole the personal data of 145.5 million consumers.

The Atlanta-based credit-reporting agency received plenty of blame, even more than the hackers who committed the theft. New York Times tech columnist...

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January 14, 2018
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Whether you plan to travel now or in a year, you should take steps to protect yourself from identity theft and credit card fraud while you’re on vacation. Tourists are often victims of theft, including passport and credit card theft—both of which can compromise personal information. Thieves can gain data by physically taking belongings the old-fashioned way or by...

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January 12, 2018
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The 2017 filing season could be the worst yet for tax-related crime. With widespread confusion about the new tax law, IRS budget cuts, and a record-breaking year for data compromises, there’s an opening for fraud that should be serious cause for alarm, but doesn’t seem to be.

The bottom line: You should be concerned.

Last tax year, ...

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January 2, 2018
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While there are a thousand resolution-worthy action items out there, the time is always now for the things that need to change in our lives. Never were truer words spoken when it comes to our potential vulnerability to hackers.

The number of breaches and the granular nature of the data exposed in those attacks over the past year are both unprecedented. ...

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December 18, 2017
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The year is nearly over. It’s time to sing Auld Lang Syne, do self-reflection and declare your New Year’s resolutions.

Many attempts to become a better you, however, can jeopardize your identity. Follow these tips to protect your information:

Get in shape. Ready to hit the gym and search for your elusive six-pack abs? When you apply for membership, be cautious about how much personal information you give. If you are required to provide a social security number...

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December 18, 2017
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Some of the most popular New Year's resolutions can put your identifying information at risk. Follow the tips in this infographic to keep your identity secure.

 

 

 

December 12, 2017
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You open your monthly credit card statement and receive a shock: Someone is enjoying a big screen TV purchased with your card, and it’s not you.

You've just been hit with credit card fraud, a rampant form of theft responsible for nearly one-third of all identity theft complaints filed with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). When criminals use stolen credit card information online or by phone—instead of in person at a store—it’s called card-not-present...

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December 12, 2017
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Scammers make a killing during the holiday season. While you spend your time thinking of ways to bring holiday joy to others, they spend their time thinking up ways to steal from you. The saddest part about this is that the ghosts of Christmases past keep visiting Christmas present.

With that, I give you this year’s 12 scams of Christmas.

The Gift Card Scam

While definitely a ghost of...

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December 12, 2017
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If you lose your Social Security card, you’ll have to order a replacement card from the Social Security Administration (SSA). But unfortunately, a simple phone call will not do the trick. Instead, you will have to apply online using a my Social Security account or supply verification to a Social Security office in person or by mail.

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December 11, 2017
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As consumers step up their online shopping leading up to the holidays, it’s a prime time of the year for identity theft. While you are busy snagging hot deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, thieves are phishing for your information.

Don’t let an identity thief take the jingle out of your holiday. Follow these 12 tips to keep your financial information secure during the holiday season.

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