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


Posts from June, 2010

Keeping safe from accidental exposure

Jun 29

Keeping safe from accidental exposure Stolen personal information can result in an identity thief compromising that information for financial gain.  When you don’t protect your personal information, it can be stolen from you anywhere at any time when you least expect it.  Sensitive information is not limited to just your Social Security number or credit card numbers.  It can also […]

Social Media Security Threats – What People Don’t Do About Them

Jun 24 recent conducted a study with the Ponemon Institute about social media and identity theft. The nationwide study found that despite knowing the risks of exposing sensitive information via social media sites, people do little or nothing to protect themselves. Fraud Case Story #9

Jun 23 Fraud Case Story #9 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. […]

My credit card was stolen!

Jun 17

My credit card was stolen! What do I need to do? On the list of things you would never want to have stolen from you, credit cards would probably rank pretty high. A stolen credit card has the potential to cause a lot of financial damage, especially if you have a high credit limit.  With that said, the last thing […]

I met a wonderful person online, but we haven’t met face to face

Jun 14

I met a wonderful person online, but we haven’t met face to face Fake girlfriend/boyfriend scams The one thing that seems to bring the strongest emotions is love.  One day I was at the gym working out with my best friend when he excitedly told me about a girl he’d just met.   I was so happy for him that I wanted more details.   That’s when he told me […]

My Social Security card has been stolen!

Jun 10

My Social Security card has been stolen! What do I do? In the event your Social Security card is stolen the first thing you should do is compose yourself and not panic.  There are steps you will need  to follow in order to have  your Social Security number replaced and it will be important for you to follow these steps to make […]

Credit VS. Debit

Jun 07

Credit VS. Debit I have a confession; I used to use my debit card for the bulk of purchases I made. Even though I found using my debit card to be very convenient, I changed my shopping behaviors when I learned of the risks associated with debit cards vs. credit cards. When you use your debit card, keep […]

Babysitters keeping their eyes on more than your kids

Jun 04

Babysitters keeping their eyes on more than your kids When you hear stories involving identity theft, you normally visualize a fraudster hacking into computers to steal personal and account information. Another image that comes to mind is of a fraudster dumpster diving into trash cans to collect un-shredded documents containing sensitive information.  However, fraudsters aren’t always sitting behind a computer or digging through your […]