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Identity Theft: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
What to Do After Your Wallet or Purse is Stolen
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.
The 8 Types of Identity Theft
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.
Five Tips for Online Shopping Safety
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.
Your ATM Card and Identity Theft
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Identity Theft - How Identity Theft Happens
How identity theft happens may include a combination of low and high tech methods, from simple phone scams to data breach.
Social Security Fraud and Identity Theft
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Reporting 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.
Identity Theft Methods You May Not Have...
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.
Which Mail 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.
Once bit.ly, Twice Shy
URL shortening services have quickly become a real problem for Facebook users. You never know what might happen if you just click a link…
A Brief History of Identity Theft
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.
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?
The Electronic Funds Transfer Act (EFTA)
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.
Identity Theft and Your Tax ID Number
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.
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.
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.
Credit Card Protection Basics
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.
5 Things to Not Have 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.
Prevent Identity Theft
Knowing what information an identity thief is after can help you protect yourself from identity theft.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Passwords
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.
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.
Identity Protection
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Identity Theft - How It Happens
When you get your personal information to a company or business, your safety depends almost entirely on their policies and procedures. Page 2.
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.
IRS Now Helping Identity Theft Victims
The Internal Revenue Service now has a toll-free hotline for identity theft victims.
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.
Financial Identity Theft
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.
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.
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.
Your Biometric Identity
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How Do You Know Someone is Using Your Social...
Social security identity theft, employment fraud, tax fraud, social security number
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.
The Basics of Medical Identity Theft
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.
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.
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.
Tell the IRS About Your Identity Theft
IRS, reporting identity theft, Form 14039, tax returns, filing taxes, report identity theft to IRS
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.
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.
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.
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.
Protect Yourself with Your Smartphone
Now that the cell phone companies are marketing 3G and 4G capable “smartphones” like the Droid, Blackberry and iPhone, identity thieves are targeting these more heavily.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Tax Time Identity Theft
Tax time is a stressful time for most people. But identity theft can take stress to a new level. Tax time scams are common and growing in popularity. Learn how to spot a tax scam, and protect yourself from identity theft at tax time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Social Engineering
The practice of deceiving someone, either in person, over the phone, or using a computer, with the express intent of breaching some level of security either personal or professional.
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
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.
Identity Theft Protection Programs
If you’re considering an identity theft protection program like many consumers today, it’s probably more important to know what it won’t do, than what it will.
The NSA, Conspiracy Theories and Your Privacy
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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.
HIPAA
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.
Key Questions to Ask
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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.
College Identity Theft: A Growing Problem
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.
Food Banks and Identity Theft
When you’re down on your luck, getting something to eat may have a bigger pricetag than you expect…
Your Free Online Credit Report
Internet sites like FreeCreditReport.com say they will let you look at your personal credit report free, but may only show you one credit report. If you want to get your credit report free from all three credit reporting agencies, the best site is AnnualCreditReport.com, the governments gateway to watching your credit reports.
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.
Identity Theft Insurance
Identity theft insurance is what many Americans have to protect themselves from identity theft. But they sometimes find that what their insurance agent tells them, and what they actually have are completely different things.
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.
Vishing
Vishing uses social engineering and phishing techniques to steal people's identities using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone lines.
FCRA
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.
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…
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.
Spoofing
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.
Who Commits Identity Theft
If you want to prevent identity theft, it’s important to know how identity theft happens, what information to protect, and who commits identity theft. Our friends, family, and trusted advisors are often more dangerous than identity theft rings.
Identity Theft and Your Children
Watching out for your own identity can be tough, but when you think about your risks where your kids are concerned, there are a couple of things that need to be considered: what information they have, and who has their information.
TrustedID
Product Review: TrustedID. Identity Theft.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Banking and Phishing
Phishing scams are identity theft scams that try to trick you out of your personal information - usually so they can create bank accounts or get credit cards in your name.
Phishing Can Lead to Identity Theft
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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.
Victim Resources
Although not an exhaustive list of agencies, this article will give identity theft victims a launchpad to getting help with identity theft.
How Do You Know Someone Stole Your Identity?
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Warning: Identity Thieves Want Your Home
Identity thieves are interested in your identity for what they can gain from it. When they can access your mortgage or the deed to your home, that can be literally the roof over your head. Your learn what the top mortgage scams are so that you can protect yourself from criminals that would use your information to steal your home.
ITAC Sentinel
Product Review: ITAC Sentinel. Identity Theft.
RFID Dust
The latest generation of RFID tracking tags is so small it's called RFID Dust.
Phishing Scams Can Hit Hard
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6 Tips for Avoiding the Identity Theft When...
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.
Government ID and Your Privacy
Online accounts have started asking for your government ID before helping recover your digital identity, but often, their privacy policy doesn't adequately cover the information they request.
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 and Illegal Immigration
Local impact of social security identity theft is often driven by illegal immigration.
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”.
The Red Flags Rule
The Red Flags Rule is an addition to FACTA that applies to companies which use credit reports, give information to credit reporting agencies, or accept payments from customers. This law requires companies to watch out for your identity, and to tell you if they see something wrong.
Misinformation and Identity Theft
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.
Your WiFi Network, Privacy, and the Safety of...
Privacy is a big concern with regards to unsecured wireless networks, but a recent story about the Evansville Police Department may give you additional incentive to secure your home WiFi.
HIPAA Goes HITECH
Recent (and upcoming) identity theft laws look toward protecting your personal information.
Credit Fraud Alert
A fraud alert is used to alert potential lenders that your identity may have been compromised by identity theft.
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.
How to Report Identity Theft to the FTC
Federal Trade Commission, FTC, reporting identity theft, Fraud Affidavit
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.
Identity Theft Protection Services
Identity theft protection programs have been the fastest growing insurance in North America for six years now. The key to knowing if a program is right for you is asking the right questions, and understanding the various components of identity theft protection.
Social Security and Illegal Immigration
Illegal immigration has a dramatic impact in the realm of social security identity theft, and this problem is all but ignored in political arenas.
Identity Theft Restoration
Glossary: Identity Theft Restoration Program
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.
Collusion: Who's Creating Your Digital Profile?
One piece of the online privacy puzzle is focused on the digital profile created by companies that track you for marketing purposes. But this can also determine what information you see.
Is Identity Theft Insurance Worth the Cost?
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Identity Theft Credit Monitoring
When you are considering an identity theft protection service, credit monitoring may be the most common component you find... and the least effective.
COPPA
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Business Identity Theft
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.
Reading a Privacy Policy
When a company provides you a copy of their privacy policy, it can be helpful to know what you're looking at. FACTA lays out specific guidelines a good privacy policy will address in regards to your personal information.
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.
Global Payment Systems Data Breach
Global Payment Systems investigation of their recent data breach reveals personal information and merchant data were compromised, forcing revision of earlier reports.
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.
Finsphere’s PinPoint Verifies Your...
Finsphere takes a common-sense approach with existing technology to offer “instant” notification for your credit cards, debit cards… all of your finances.
What Do the Experts Say
Providing medical information electronically creates a problem for health care providers. How do they make critical information available while keeping our private information safe? Experts recently sounded off about the risks, and what's being done to protect their patients from this threat.
Cellphone Viruses: Loozfon and FinFisher
The FBI has sent an official warning to mobile users: beware of Loozfon and FinFisher cellphone viruses.
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.
Google Glass and Privacy
Google Glass promises to help merge technology seamlessly into our daily lives. Some are concerned that we will lose even more privacy, but an argument could also be made that the new toy could subtly change society in an unexpected way.
Viral Identity Theft Schemes
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Monitoring Your Credit
Monitoring your credit is the easiest way to stay on top of your identity. It's easy enough to get your free credit report, but there are many companies that try to trick you into enrolling in a credit monitoring program by saying they will give you one.
National Protect Your Identity Week
The National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) is having their 4th annual National Protect Your Identity Week from October 16th through the 22nd. In the spirit of consumer education program, your Guide is pleased to present this short series of articles designed to bring you up to speed quickly on the state of identity theft today.
Global Payment Systems Data Breach - 60 Days In...
An update on how the Global Payment Systems data breach has evolved in the first 2 months.
Zombies Stole My Wallet
If zombies steal your wallet or purse, you may have bigger worries than getting eaten. They may decide they want to be you instead…
The Work Number and Personal Privacy
Thanks to Bob Sullivan (The Red Tape Chronicles) Equifax takes a prominent place in front of the controversies surrounding how personal information is being used by employers. And the year has just begun...
RFID to the Rescue
Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) is making bold promises in the fight against identity theft.
Your Social Digital Identity
One of the emerging areas of personal privacy we have a great deal of control over is our social digital identity.
Children's Internet Protection Act
Covering CIPA regulation and general issues associated with implementation, to include legal challenges and cost to organizations.
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.
iWallet Provides High-Tech Identity Protection
The latest high-tech idea, the iWallet, combines Bluetooth technology and biometric identification to keep your personal information safe and sound.
5 Things to Watch While Traveling for the...
Holiday time seems to be one of the busiest times of year - probably because we are traveling so much to see friends and family. Keep these 5 tips in mind when you are traveling to help protect yourself from identity theft.
FACTA Lesson: SouthWest Airlines
SouthWest Airlines will probably survive their FACTA-based lawsuit settlement, but that wouldn't be the case for someone running a small business model.
Meaningful Identity Theft Advice
Enrolling in an identity theft protection program may be the only thing you can really do about identity theft to protect yourself.
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.
Data Accountability and Trust Act (HR 2221)
HR 2221, the Data Accountability and Trust Act (DATA) is the hot-topic in identity theft law. Officially the law is a data breach, or data privacy law, but look for the FTC to put this in the same category.
The BIG Question About NSA Data Collection
NSA, national security agency, metadata, cellphone data, Section 215
How to Avoid Tax Fraud
Tax fraud, social security identity theft, IRS, income taxes
Data Breach Best Practices
When it comes to responding to a data breach from a company's point of view, guidelines aren't always cut-and-dried. All the government says is that data must be protected and that the company needs to have a process in place to address the eventuality. How that happens is left up to the company itself.
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.
Medicare and Medical Identity Theft
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) know having your SSN on your Medicare card is a threat to your identity. Now they are looking at a fix...
Keycards and Identity Theft
One common question of identity theft experts has to do with how much information is stored on the keycards collected on vacation. Many believe there's even a connection between their hotel room keycard and their bank account. Is it true, or are we just being paranoid?
Identity Theft Risky Behaviors
Eating out at a restaurant is not something we think of as risky behavior, but recent news about data breaches in restaurants like Penn Station and Five Guys forces us to look closer at those risks.
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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