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Posts from March, 2010

Online Tax Scams

Mar 31

Online Tax Scams Its tax season, and that means you should keep an eye out for tax scams that will run rampant this time of year.  One such scam that fraudsters are taking advantage of are online tax scams.  How this works is the victim receives an e-mail requesting that he or she completes an updated version of […]

ProtectMyID.com Fraud Case Story #6

Mar 29

ProtectMyID.com Fraud Case Story #6 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. […]

I didn’t know I used to work there……

Mar 26

I didn’t know I used to work there…… Employment Fraud Employment fraud involves an identity thief who obtains employment by using a stolen Social Security number.  These days, it’s not uncommon for identity thieves to use the name, Social Security number and date of birth of the victim, although many thieves will also use their given name with a stolen Social Security number. […]

Internet Honesty is Not Required

Mar 24

Internet Honesty is Not Required Rex Davis, director of operations, Identity Theft Resource Center During the past few years there has been more and more public focus on Internet safety, a major component of computer safety.  And, you can be certain that the criminals are continuously working on new ways to attack your computer to get personal information, which can […]

Credit Card Fraud

Mar 22

Credit Card Fraud What to expect in 2010 I recently read an article where a fraudster orchestrated a credit card scam while he was behind bars.   As a result, the man pleaded guilty to the scheme and was sentenced to eight additional years in prison.  What was shocking was the man already had served a three year sentence […]

An Identity Theft Protection Product You Can Count On

Mar 19

An Identity Theft Protection Product You Can Count On Did you know that 1.5 million Americans have been victims of medical identity theft according to a recent study by The Ponemon Institute, sponsored by ProtectMyID.com®?  Also, 11.1 million Americans have suffered from some form of identity theft according to a study by Javelin Strategy and Research.  That is a great number of people to […]

ProtectMyID.com product features help it stand out from the crowd

Mar 17

ProtectMyID.com product features help it stand out from the crowd With the plethora of identity theft monitoring products out there and the FTC barring identity theft protection companies from making deceptive claims, what makes ProtectMyID.com® stand out from the rest? Features specific to PMID: 1. PMID actively scans the Internet on a daily basis to search for fraudulent use of members’ SSN, credit and debit cards.  […]

Is your Identity Theft Protection Product really what it claims to be?

Mar 15

Is your Identity Theft Protection Product really what it claims to be? If you haven’t heard by now, the FTC is cracking down on identity theft monitoring products which deceptively advertise and claim absolute prevention against identity theft.  According to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, “…there is unfortunately no foolproof way to avoid ID theft.”  In addition, she also states, “Consumers can take definitive steps to minimize […]

Identity Theft Checklist for 2010

Mar 12

Identity Theft Checklist for 2010 Things You Should Do To Protect Yourself Identity theft can create real and serious problems for any victim. The best defense you have is to protect yourself right from the start. You can never be fully protected, however taking precautions and being proactive can decrease the risk of becoming an identity theft victim.  This identity […]

ProtectMyID.com Fraud Case Story #5

Mar 10

ProtectMyID.com Fraud Case Story #5 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. […]