Subscribe to ProtectMyID Blog via RSS

Rss Posts

Rss Comments

Welcome to the ProtectMyID Blog

Lessons and stories from the front lines of fighting identity theft.


Posts from October, 2009

Pump Up Your Knowledge

Oct 30

If you’re like so many of us who swipe your credit card when you get gas, you might want to rethink how you are paying. Gas stations are a relatively easy place for criminals to steal credit and debit card numbers. In fact, in May 2008, an investigation started in San Jose California in which […]

Credit Card Address Change

Oct 28

This next story is an example of one of the most common and simplest ways that thieves steal your identity. Recently a consumer became concerned when she did not receive her monthly statements from her credit card companies. She called them and discovered that an unauthorized person had changed the address on all of her […]

Undetected Identity Theft

Oct 26

Remember how easy life was when you were a kid?  You didn’t have loans to worry about, utility bills to pay, or major expenses to think of.   Your basic routine consisted of meeting friends on lunch break or meeting up at the movie theaters to catch the latest flick.  Life was great! Then you grow […]

A Day in the Life of a Victim Advisor

Oct 23

By Brendan Finney, victim advisor, Identity Theft Resource Center  “Hi, I’m having a Problem with Identity Theft?” Every day, just about every call starts like this.  One of the many problems with identity theft is that, since it is such a new crime, most people don’t know what it actually is, or how to approach […]

What’s it All About?

Oct 21

 Rex Davis, director of operations, Identity Theft Resource Center American citizens, businesses, legislators, law enforcement, media, and privacy advocates have spent an immense effort in the past five years pursuing a wide variety of interests in the field of identity theft.  People, like me, who work in this field, have very strong feelings about identity […]

Kicking Off National Protect Your Identity Week

Oct 19

By Linda Foley, founder, Identity Theft Resource Center Hi, this is Linda Foley, the founder of the Identity Theft Resource Center.  As an identity theft survivor and someone who sees the consequences of this crime daily, National Protect Your Identity Week is a good opportunity to talk about the things consumers can do to reduce […]

National Protect Your Identity Week is Coming

Oct 16

Anytime is a good time to take steps to protect your identity and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) will be shining the spotlight on identity protection with its second annual National Protect Your Identity Week beginning on October 17 and running through October 24, 2009.   Identity theft remains a concern for many people. […]

Beware of Text Scams

Oct 14

If you receive a text message stating your credit card has been deactivated or that there is a problem with your bank account – don’t return the text. Instead, do what this consumer did. He received a text message – from what sounded like his bank – stating there was a problem with his account. […]

A change of address can prevent identity theft

Oct 12

I just heard a story about a man who recently moved and said he filed a change of address request with the United States Postal Service®. For one reason or another, the mail did not get forwarded. As a result, when the mail was dropped at his old apartment, the new tenants just threw it […]

Hacking on the Social Network

Oct 09

If you are like so many people out there obsessed with social networking websites – or even if you frequent them now and then – you might want to be extra careful when opening emails that you receive from them. Recently, a member got a message from what appeared to be a popular online […]