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Beware of These 11 Facebook Scams
The following activities are prevalent on Facebook and other social network sites, so keep your eyes open for them:
Grandparent Scams Hit the Elderly Hard
Telephone scams have been around for years, and even now in a world where Caller ID is prevalent, it is still common to scam people via telephone.
Identity Theft: 15 Signs Yours Was Stolen
Identity theft is a sneaky crime that can take over your life long before you know it—unless you know the early warning signs.
Money is No Concern: Most Identity Theft Has...
When we hear about identity theft, most of us think about credit cards and bank accounts. But there are several areas identity theft can strike, not just our wallet. Find out about the various forms of identity theft, and what you can do to reduce your risks.
13 Things You Must Do When Someone Steals Your...
Many cases of identity theft start with a lost wallet or purse. Taking the right actions (and taking them quickly) can help protect you from that. Find out what you can do now.
Beware of These Cybersquatting Scams
Cybersquatting will always be an issue, and it makes sense to those who have a brand, or even a name, to claim these domains now.
How to Report Identity Theft to the Police
Reporting identity theft to the police is the first step in recovering if you are a victim. There are some specific issues you want to be aware of when you are trying to get an identity theft police report, though.
Recognize Identity Theft Scams - Spotting a...
It's estimated that 75-100 million phishing emails are sent out each day. These emails are designed to capture your personal and financial information so that criminals can steal your identity. Learn how spot a phishing emails so that you can protect yourself from this threat.
5 Tips for Online Shopping That Can Save You...
The majority of identity theft takes place in the real world, away from the Internet. But the Internet is still a commonly used tool in identity theft, and Internet shopping is one area in which you are at risk. Learn online shopping safety tips to help protect your identity and your credit.
Top ATM Card Scams You Need to Watch Out For
Knowing the difference between your ATM card and credit card can save you a lot of headaches if you become a victim of identity theft. Although there are no guarantees, a few precautions can go a long way to help you protect your money from
Where Did the Identity Theft Problem Start?
The history of identity theft goes back quite some time, there is even an account of it in the Bible. But the more recent history of identity theft can be very telling about where we are heading.
Prepaid Debit Cards
Prepaid (or reloadable) debit cards are a clever way to protect your money, and shop online securely, if you use them properly.
Watch Out for These Low-Tech Methods of...
How identity theft happens may include a combination of low and high tech methods, from simple phone scams to data breach.
Why Social Security Fraud Is on the Rise
If someone uses a stolen social security number to work in the US illegally, guess who gets the tax bill? Even though you've told the Social Security Administration about the problem. The largest group of offenders are
Online Dating Scams
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Evaluate Your Identity Theft Risk
Knowing what information an identity thief is after can help you protect yourself from identity theft.
Tell the IRS About Your Identity Theft
IRS, reporting identity theft, Form 14039, tax returns, filing taxes, report identity theft to IRS
Yes, Your Business Is at Risk for Identity Theft
Corporate identity theft is a very real concern, whether you are a mega corporation, a mom-and-pop shop, or just run a home-based business.
Reporting Identity Theft 101
Identity theft happens to even those who protect their identities closely. But when it happens, you want to report it as quickly as possible to limit your liability. Use these steps to quickly report suspected identity theft.
What is Identity Theft?
This basic explanation of identity theft details why criminals steal identities, who those thieves are, and how the crime is committed. Readers are reminded to remain constantly vigilant about protecting their identities.
Cloud Computing
Cloud computing, or “the Cloud”, is now being marketed to companies as an inexpensive online data storage solution. But with data breaches in the news on a daily bases, data security is a big concern when it comes to those companies putting your personal information somewhere they have no control over.
Who Commits Identity Theft?
We usually trust family and friends to look out for us, but what can we expect if it is someone close to us who commits identity theft?
Your Biometric Identity
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Steps to Recovering Your Identity After...
It's scary when identity theft happens. Your first instinct is to panic. But you shouldn't. Instead, begin immediately to put your identity back together following these steps.
Which Mail Do You Need to Shred?
Postal mail is one of the most used methods of identity theft. Learn what mail puts you at risk, and then reduce the risk by shredding it.
Protect Yourself from Identity Theft
Although it's nearly impossible to stop, there are things you can do to help protect yourself from identity theft. Here are some recommendations by experts in identity theft.
How Do You Know Someone is Using Your Social...
Social security identity theft, employment fraud, tax fraud, social security number
IRS Helping Identity Theft Victims, Just Take a...
The Internal Revenue Service now has a toll-free hotline for identity theft victims.
Recovering From Identity Theft: Repairing Your...
Identity theft usually hits victims where it hurts most: in the wallet. If you've been victimized by identity theft, you want to clean the mess up quickly. This article walks you through the basics of fixing your credit report after identity theft.
Food Banks and Identity Theft
When you’re down on your luck, getting something to eat may have a bigger pricetag than you expect…
Three Tips for Keeping Your Wallet or Purse...
A stolen wallet or purse can mean more than just losing your cash and credit cards. It can also mean that your identity is at risk. Learn how to protect belongings and prevent identity theft
Although not the most common type, financial...
Identity theft can have deep and long-term effects on your life, but when someone digs into your wallet for your bank or credit card, it can send you in a tailspin.
Recognizing Common Identity Theft Scams
The risk of identity theft presents itself at every turn. Learn what some of the most common identity theft scams are, and how to prevent them.
Your Risky Mailbox: Identity Theft 101
The most commonly used means of identity theft in the real world is mail theft and redirection. This article explains the crime and provides tips for protecting your mail and your identity.
Should You Bother with Identity Theft...
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6 Basic Rules to Prevent Credit Card Fraud
Credit card fraud and identity theft are not the same crimes. But you still need to protect yourself from credit card fraud. Learn how in this article.
EFTA spells out how to get your money back when...
When an identity thief gets your debit card of finds a way into your bank account, you will be fighting with the bank to get your hard-earned money back. The Electronic Funds Transfer Act is the law your bank will most follow as you try to get your cash back.
4 Surprising Ways Your Identity Can Be Stolen
Identity theft starts in many different places. Some of those places are completely obvious, like your mail box and online, but there are other identity theft risks that you might not be so familiar with. Learn more about little known identity theft risks in this article.
How to Prevent Identity Theft
Identity theft is a common crime that affects everyone. Learn how to protect yourself from mortgage scams, mail fraud, credit fraud, and other identity crimes.
The Federal Trade Commission
If you are an identity theft victim, you will end up talking with someone in the FTC. But they do more than collect information – they help consumers fight back against identity theft.
Spear Phishing: Identity Theft’s New Black
Phishing is already a mainstay in identity theft attacks, but now a new method of attack is emerging. Spear phishing targets individuals and can be far more costly than its predecessor. Learn what spear phishing is and how to protect yourself.
Criminal Identity Theft
You don't have to do something wrong to run afoul of the legal system. The Identity Theft Resource Center reported 56% of the identity theft victims they talked with reported the impostor used their information when they were arrested, booked, or arraigned. One third said there were criminal convictions in their name as a result of this, while still more found warrants in their name.
Insurance Identity Theft
Insurance identity theft can create issues in healthcare and finances. For many victims, the problem only starts there - the real impact is in future insurability.
IRS Form 5071C is Actually a Good Thing to Get...
IRS Form 5071C can be one way you find out you're a victim of social security identity theft.
How to Stay Safe from College Identity Theft
College students are at high risk for identity theft. To protect themselves, they need to understand what identity theft is, where they are at risk, and what steps to take if they suspect identity theft. All of that information is included in this article.
IDT Definition
The definition of identity theft seems to vary depending on who you ask. Some sources think it only has to do with money, while others have a broader definition. So, what is identity theft?
Credit Report Freeze
A credit freeze, or credit report freeze, locks down a consumer's credit report so no new credit accounts can be activated without the proper authorization from the consumer.
Identity Theft Restoration Programs
Identity theft restoration programs are among the high-end of identity protection when it comes to price, but victims who have a restoration program almost always say it was well worth the investment.
Credit Reports: How to Monitor Your Credit Report
Your credit report is center of your financial world. It's also the main target for identity theft. Learn how to monitor your credit report and keep your identity safe from identity theft.
The Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence...
The Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act (ITADA or ITAD Act) was the first of many Federal laws targeting identity thieves.
Medical Identity Theft: the Dark Side of...
Money is the least of your worries if you've had a medical identity theft. Getting the wrong alergies or blood-type in your medical record can yield deadly results. Information shared through the Medical Information Bureau (MIB) means once your medical information is digital, anyone can get it, and (worse) it can get the wrong information into the hands of your doctor. And fixing medical identity theft is never easy.
What are Skimming devices and Cloned cards
In this post we discuss cloned cards, what they are and how they work and various types of ATM skimming hardware and how to protect yourself.
What you should know about mobile banking and...
Cell phones, especially smartphones, have become an indispensable part of our lives. We can access anything from Facebook to our bank account at the touch of the screen. In fact, it seems these days that the last thing we really do with our smartphone is make phone calls.
Protecting Your Personal Information: What Data...
You're told all the time to protect your personal information, but do you know what to protect? What information is it that identity thieves are after? And is some information more valuable than others? Find out what personal information thieves want most in this article.
Credit Fraud Alert
A fraud alert is used to alert potential lenders that your identity may have been compromised by identity theft.
For medical identity theft, HIPAA is the principle law geared to protect consumers. This law is focused on your health information, who has access to it, and how it can be used.
5 Things You Shouldn't Keep in Your Wallet
Although it's not possible to completely prevent identity theft, there are a a few simple things you can do to make yourself far less likely to become a victim.
Do License Plate Readers Violate Privacy?
License plate readers can sometimes help police catch the bad guys, but privacy advocates worry that police profiling is violating privacy.
Email Spoofing
Email spoofing is a technique that hackers use to send fraudulent emails and is often used as a tool to collect information need for identity theft activities.
What is ATM Skimming
Criminals place a device on the face of an ATM, which appears to be a part of the machine. It’s almost impossible for civilians to know the difference.
GPS and Your Privacy
The US Supreme Courts decision in a recent case involving GPS may have ruled in favor of the defendant, but published opinion gives broad license to law enforcement when it comes to your cell phone.
Identity Theft: Dealing with Credit Card...
When identity theft strikes, it's not uncommon for the identity thief to get credit in the victim's name. It can be a slow process cleaning up the mess, often taking years. Find out what you can do, and how to start fixing the problem today.
Who are Phishers?
Phishing is a type of crime. Thieves cast out the bait and hope the targeted victims will latch onto it, and once they’re hooked, they’re reeled in for the kill
Identity Thieves Love Your Gadgets, Too!
Your cell phone, iPod, and GPS system might be putting you at risk for identity theft. These gadgets can be used by identity thieves to gain access to your personal information. Learn how to protect your identity by securing your personal gadgets.
Cell Phone Safety
Social media like Facebook and Twitter are just a couple of places you must think about when looking at your cell phone security. But cell phone safety doesn’t end with social networking…
High-Tech Identity Theft Protection
Identity theft has already touched the lives of 10% of the American population, and shows no signs of slowing. The high-tech markets are paying attention, and now offer several new solutions that may protect us through the 21st century.
Who is Stealing Identities and How?
As more and more people are becoming victims of identity theft, they wonder...who is stealing my identity and how are they doing it?
Spoofing is a broad-ranging term that essentially means to pretend to be something or someone that you're not. It is, however, much more complicated.
What to Do if You're a Victim of Identity Theft
Statistics the past few years say that the chances of being a victim of identity theft are rapidly on the rise. It’s just as important to know what to do when if happens to you as it is to know how to prevent identity theft, or at least reduce your risk of being a victim.
Child Identity Theft a Growing Problem
According to the Federal Trade Commission, there are approximately a half a million victims of child identity theft each year.
How Social Networking Puts Your Identity at Risk
The phenomenon of social networks took the business world by surprise. But people are social by nature, so it's natural for them to want to participate in a social network. It's also natural for identity thieves to go where the information is, and people may be unknowingly placing themselves at risk with the information they include on social networking profiles. Learn what personal information not to include on your social networking profile in this article.
Synthetic Identity Fraud
Synthetic identity fraud occurs when an identity thief alters your personal information for the purpose of using it to gain access to information or money based on your credit history.
Beware of Mortgage Fraud Scams
Mortgage fraud is prevalent, and this type of fraud helps scammers earn very high profits through illegal means, while taking on a very low risk
Do I Really Need a Lawyer?
Victims of identity theft seldom use an attorney, but in many situations, you'll need a lawyer to nafigate the red tape and minefields.
Think Before You Click to Avoid Identify Theft
URL shortening services have quickly become a real problem for Facebook users. You never know what might happen if you just click a link…
5 Ways to Protect Yourself From Mortgage Scams
Mortgage fraud is often one of the results of identity theft. Learn how to protect yourself from mortgage fraud and prevent criminals from stealing your home right out from under you.
What are the Telltale Signs of a Phishing Attack?
Phishing e-mails come in many shapes, sizes and forms, in that there’s a colorful variety of ways that the thief-sender could structure the message.
Social Media and Identity Theft Risks also...
Facebook has about 1.44 billion users. Twitter has 235 million. Of course, many of the Facebook and Twitter accounts are fraudulent.
The latest generation of RFID tracking tags is so small it's called RFID Dust.
What You Think You Know CAN Hurt You When It...
Sometimes thinking you know something you don’t can have a big impact on your life. This is usually the case when it comes to identity theft, because there has been a lot of misinformation circulated over the past several years.
Don't Think Anyone Would Steal Your Identity?...
If you think identity theft will pass you by because of a poor credit rating, you should know there's a lot more to identity theft than just money.
Effective Identification to Prevent Identity...
Identity theft is a big problem both online and off, and it all comes down to the scammers ability to pose as the victim.
How to Report Identity Theft to the FTC
Federal Trade Commission, FTC, reporting identity theft, Fraud Affidavit
Protect Your Mail
Your mailbox is one of the riskiest places for your identity. These tips help you to protect your mail from the thieves that would use it to steal your identity. Page 2.
Tax Time Identity Theft – IRS Form 8821
Social security identity theft often shows up around this time of year, in the form of tax fraud. IRS Form 8821 could provide you an early warning in the event someone is trying to file for your tax return.
How to Create an Awesome Password (That You Can...
We use the internet for everything - online shopping, email, even managing our bank account - and we use passwords for everything. One key to protecting yourself form identity theft is to have good passwords. Here's some tips to help make killer passwords that will stop identity thieves in their tracks.
Your Employees and Identity Theft
Most business owners understand there are risks involved with hiring a new employee. The new landscape created by identity theft and the potential of data breach can be a minefield if proper steps are not taken early on.
business identity theft, corporate identity...
Statistics say that 90% of all businesses fail during the first five years. Of the 10% that survive, 90% of those fail during the next five years. This is most often because the business owner had not taken into consideration factors that could ruin public perception, or impact his company directly.
The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) gives identity theft victims specific rights when it comes to recovering from identity theft - rights that most businesses still try to take from the victim.
The Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act of...
FACTA or the FACT Act, is a primary Federal law related to identity theft and data security. It gives consumers specific rights, and provides businesses with guidelines about how to protect your personal information.
Who Steals Identities: Anyone, Sane or Not
It could be an immediate family member, a stranger in a foreign land and anyone and everyone in between.
Identity Theft and Legal Help
Most people are a little intimidated by lawyers, but when you look to protecting yourself and your family from identity theft, having access to legal help can be a critical part of fixing your problems.
The NSA, Conspiracy Theories and Your Privacy
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Natural Disasters: Protect Your Identity
Identity thieves never take a break. They're always looking for the next opportunity and natural disasters, like hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes offer lots of opportunity. Learn how to protect your identity in the wake of a natural disaster
Identity Theft Reimbursement
Although at first the idea of an identity theft reimbursement program sounds good, but before you enroll in one, be sure you know what it does (and does not) cover.
Protect Your Computer from Spyware
Spyware is one of the most prevalent methods that identity thieves use to collect the information needed to steal your identity. Learn how to recognize and protect your computer from spyware threats.
Technology isn't offering as much help as some...
EMV payment cards are being touted as a great boon against financial crimes, but they aren't necessarily offering much protection to consumers.
What is Caller ID Spoofing?
Most people don't look at their phones and think they pose a danger, but these days, your phone can cause a security issue.
Identity theft, id theft, idtheft, idt,...
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What is Account Takeover Fraud?
When people think of “identity theft” they often think credit card fraud which is just one form of Account Takeover Fraud
Web Page Spoofing
Web page spoofing is just one type of deception that hackers use to trick people into providing personal information that can be used for the purposes of identity theft.
Cybercrime 101: Just what Is This?
Cybercrime and cyber criminals—the hottest words of this century, and for good reason!
Victim Resources
Although not an exhaustive list of agencies, this article will give identity theft victims a launchpad to getting help with identity theft.
Gone Phishing
There are more phishing schemes and scams floating around than even an identity theft expert can know about. But they're all pretty much the same in this: they target your personal information, and they'll get it however they can.
Seniors: Protecting Yourself From Identity Theft
Seniors make attractive identity theft targets because they have life-long credit worthiness, retirements funds, and can be too trusting. If you're a senior, learn how to protect your identity before someone steals your life's work.
My job is to teach you how to arm yourself...
One of the greatest inventions ever is that of the Internet, and many thieves would agree, as it makes it so much easier to commit crimes and get away with them.
Criminal Hacking: A History of Identity Theft
Criminal hacking cam into its own in the late 1990s and early 2000s, as the Internet age really came to fruition.
Tips for e-Filing Your Taxes
Filing tax returns electronically (“e-filing”) can get your tax refund back to you in a matter of a couple of weeks. But there are some things you will want to know before you e-file your taxes.
Supreme Court Decision is a Major Victory for...
In the Riley v California decision, the Supreme Court clarifies that police always need a warrant to search your cell phone, even if you're arrested.
Your Driver's License and REAL ID
REAL ID, the latest innovation to come to driver's license requirements, may help curb identity theft.
Drones, WiFi, and Your Privacy
EPIC (the Electronic Privacy Information Center) has helped bring to light some interesting information concerning our government's use of drones in the United States.
Viral Identity Theft Schemes
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Office Printers and Identity Theft
Businesses scan, print, copy, and fax information all the time. Who would have suspected that the office printer they use is really an identity thief's Trojan horse?
Tips for the web-savvy surfer, when out and...
Public WiFi networks are easier to find than free water these days, but they have severe risks associated with using them.
Top Cities for Identity Theft – And Tips...
Guest author Stephen Ebbett, president of Protect Your Bubble, takes a look at the 2012 identity theft statistics and examines some of the trends. He also takes a moment to give us some tips to help protect ourselves from identity theft.
Child Identity Theft and the Moment of Discovery
You have probably seen all of the ads and commercials about identity theft, and in these ads, usually the victim of the crime is an adult.
Your Driver's License May Be the Biggest...
If an identity thief manages to get his or her hands on your driver's license, chances are good you'll be in for a very rough ride.
Nigerian Letter Scams
The Nigerian Letter Scam is one that's been around for a while. The advent of the Internet has changed the way the Nigerian Letter Scam is delivered, but it's still the same scam.
How Identity Theft Happens: Small Business is...
Small businesses often believe they're too small to interest identity thieves, but they're wrong. Identity thieves have an intense interest in small businesses as Jennifer and Rick learned when their small business identity was stolen by a check forgery ring dealing in gray market goods.
How Do You Know Someone Stole Your Identity?
Identity thief, stolen identity, someone stole my identity, steals your identity
What are Ram Raids, PIN Hacking and SMS attacks
Ram Raids; ATMs built into a wall or stand alone are being rammed by a truck and/or wrapped with chain and pulled out then loaded onto a truck.
Very Annoying "Greentree" Phishing Scam Isn't...
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How to Protect Your Identity from Employment...
Unemployment rates keep rising. But identity thieves don't care if you're out of work. They'll take advantage of you anyway with employment scams designed to steal your personal information. Learn how to protect yourself from identity theft employment scams.
Skimmers Still Take Consumers to the Cleaners...
Identity thieves still frequently use ATM skimmers to take advantage of unwary consumers. Know what to look for when you are using your credit card or debit card to protect yourself from identity theft.
JP Morgan Chase breach brings businesses back...
October 2014, Chase bank started notifying customers about a recent data breach. Many of those customers, though, were businesses.
Hiding Behind an IP Address
While wireless internet (WiFi) gives you the ability to take your internet virtually anywhere, an open network allows anyone to get an IP address under your account.
New Scams; Same Old Story
One-Ring scam, $9.84 scam, Brian Krebs
Beware of These Craigslist Scams
Most people love the convenience of Craigslist. You can find great deals, make extra money, or even find a job and place to live.
What are Point of Sale Skimming Attacks And PCI
Point of Sale (POS) skim; there are 3 kinds of POS skims they are Clerk skim, POS swaps advanced skim and POS malware the most sophisticated POS skim.
Resolving Identity Theft - Services to Evaluate
Identity theft resolution programs offer a good deal more help (and value) than basic credit monitoring.
Child Identity Theft Victims Stifled
A child identity thief usually has many years between the time they do the crime until the time they are found out, if they ever are.
Geared to stop companies from putting children at risk of identity theft, COPPA is the FTC's regulation for what a business must do to collect a child's personal information online.
Blackphone Helps Protect Your Privacy Despite...
The Blackphone has been released, and first reports are more promising than expected.
How to Prevent New Account Fraud
In a previous post we discussed What is New Account Fraud. In this post we’ll flesh out how to protect yourself from New Account Fraud
The Medical Information Bureau
The Medical Information Bureau (MIB) is often cited as a potential threat of medical identity theft, but this is not precisely accurate.
Responding to Identity Theft
Indiana's Attorney General has set up an identity theft response site specifically designed to help victims quickly respond when the worst happens to them.
Virtual LAN Security
An exploration of the concept of VLAN security as it relates to segmenting network traffic by threat/risk level and the all too common practice today of virtualizing everything and labeling it as “secure”.
Account Takeover Fraud: Phone, Check and...
In this series of posts we are discussing Account Takeover Fraud; how it happens and how criminals are winning the war on cybercrime.
Let’s Go on a Phishing Expedition Pt. 2
A phishing e-mail that impersonates a big, reputable company such as PayPal, eBay, Amazon, etc., can look very convincing.
The Drivers Privacy Protection Act of 1994
The Drivers Privacy Protection Act of 1994
Identity Theft Insurance Doesn't Do What You...
Identity theft protection programs can help immensely in an identity theft situation, but there are some important things you will want to know before enrolling in one.
Local Police Use NSA Tech to Spy on Citizens
You may think your cell phone conversations are private, but the US Justice Department is arguing quite the opposite. And while the debate is raging, law enforcement officers are using a device called a StingRay to intercept phone calls... just in case.
Knowing who has your information is not enough...
Protecting yourself from identity theft means having control over your personal information, but this isn't as easy as it sounds at first blush.
8 ways to protect from Scareware Scams
Have you heard of scareware? If you haven't heard the term, you may have seen the scam. Here's how it goes: you are innocently browsing the Internet.
Types of Identity Theft
Although most of us think about money when we hear the words “identity theft”, financial identity theft is less of a concern than social security identity theft – and medical identity theft is often playing with your life… literally.
How Has Hacking Evolved with Technological...
Unfortunately, the bad hackers are evolving faster than the good guys trying to stop them.
Account Takeover Fraud: Detection and Protection
In this series of posts we’ve discussed Account Takeover Fraud in its many forms, how it happens and how criminals are winning the war on cybercrime
The Nigerian 419s
Those scam e-mails claiming you’re the recipient of a ton of money may have originated from Nigeria. A 419 Nigerian code made these e-mails illegal.
Beware of Check Fraud Scams
Check fraud is not something that should be taken lightly, and it is a problem that costs businesses and consumers over a billion dollars.
Identity Theft and Privacy
Identity theft relies on your personal information. How your personal information is handled, though, is a matter of law and how you protect your privacy.

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