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Posts from January, 2010

A friendly face can end up being a not so friendly invite

Jan 29

A friendly face can end up being a not so friendly invite Did you know that two years ago, the people at the Internet security company Sophos created a Facebook profile for a fictional character named Freddi Staur?  Judging from the character’s appearance, you’d probably find Freddi to be cute and charming in a Barney kind of way but green instead of purple.  However, just from appearances […]

Do You Know Where Your Data Is?

Jan 27

Do You Know Where Your Data Is? On Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. PST, Javelin Strategy and Research along with Experian will offer a Webinar about the link between data breaches and identity theft. Not surprisingly, if you’re one of the millions of people who has been affected by the thousands of data breaches that have occurred in the past […]

ProtectMyID.com Fraud Case Story #2

Jan 27

ProtectMyID.com Fraud Case Story #2 The purpose of this blog series is to educate people about the ways that identities are stolen without revealing confidential information or names of the people who have been affected.  Keep in mind, these stories are true (although I have omitted specific details for our members’ protection) and are described by real Fraud Resolution Agents. […]

ITRC Predicts 2010 Identity Theft Trends

Jan 25

ITRC Predicts 2010 Identity Theft Trends By Linda Foley, founder, Identity Theft Resource Center Each year, the ITRC staff sits down to discuss what the nation might expect in the area of identity theft in 2010 and beyond.  We know identity theft won’t go away, however, by using the past to anticipate what trends might occur, we can avoid some pitfalls.  […]

It's "National Financial Wellness Month", start being proactive!!

Jan 22

It's "National Financial Wellness Month", start being proactive!! January marks National Financial Wellness Month and, in today’s economy, now is definitely the time for you to pay close attention to your financial health. Now, more than ever, it is important to be smart with your income and protect your nest egg that you worked so hard to build. Just because the economy falters […]

It’s “National Financial Wellness Month”, start being proactive!!

Jan 22

It’s “National Financial Wellness Month”, start being proactive!! January marks National Financial Wellness Month and, in today’s economy, now is definitely the time for you to pay close attention to your financial health. Now, more than ever, it is important to be smart with your income and protect your nest egg that you worked so hard to build. Just because the economy falters […]

Phishing for Swine Flu

Jan 20

Phishing for Swine Flu This past year, we have witnessed the swine flu scare and heard how we can prevent ourselves from catching it.  There is so much hype surrounding this virus that when I recently went to the doctor’s office for my regular check up, I could not help but notice that the waiting room was filled with […]

In this time of need, beware of Haiti charity scams

Jan 18

In this time of need, beware of Haiti charity scams We’re seeing it all over the news and on the Internet, images of homeless people along dirt roads looking for loved ones and hundreds of crumpled buildings with people scouring through debris.  In this time of great need, you may be asking yourself, “What can I do to help victims that have been affected by […]

Clean House from Identity Theft

Jan 15

Clean House from Identity Theft Every year, I make a New Year’s resolution and this year’s is to run a more organized and clean house.  I put together a cleaning list which includes things like cleaning out my refrigerator of expired or unhealthy food, clearing out my closet of clothes that no longer fit (largely due to the unhealthy food), […]

Online Employment Scams

Jan 13

Online Employment Scams It’s never easy being out of work. A friend of mine recently was laid off due to budget cuts at her company. In fact, the day she was let go her company let go of about ten percent of its workforce. She is determined to find a new job and, like many people, has turned […]