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Posts from August, 2011

Working with Your Bank If You’re an Identity Theft Victim

Aug 31

Working with Your Bank If You’re an Identity Theft Victim Many of the largest banks are frequently targeted by identity thieves and in this day and age no one is immune to the possibility of becoming a victim. I recently read where an identity thief pretended to be his recent victim and got approved for a new debit card which he then activated over the phone. Within a few days, the thief wiped out the victim’s checking account stealing $8,000.00 before the victim realized what happened. For six months, the thief continued to steal an overall amount of $22,000.00.

Warning Signs of Identity Theft

Aug 29

Warning Signs of Identity Theft By Gabby Beltran, Identity Theft Resource Center How do you know if you’ve been a victim of identity theft? There are several indicators that merit checking ones personal records, such as credit reports and employment history. Victims of identity theft often find out that they have become victims in one or more of the following ways. It may have been through contact by a credit company or collection agency to collect payment on an account, through notification from a business entity you do business indicating changes have been made to an account, or through a proactive measure you may have taken, for example, by checking your monthly statements or your credit reports.

ProtectMyID Fraud Case #28

Aug 26

ProtectMyID Fraud Case #28 The purpose of this blog series is to educate people about the ways that identities are stolen. Keep in mind, these stories are true (although I have omitted specific details for our members’ protection) and are described by our Identity Theft Resolution Agents. As you read these stories, think about ways that you can protect yourself from identity theft. Fraud Case: I don’t own this company!?!

Grocery Store Credit Nightmare

Aug 24

Grocery Store Credit Nightmare When it comes to your credit, you can’t trust anyone. Not even your local grocery store clerk. Just the other day at the park, I heard about this average mom who was shopping at her neighborhood grocery store with her two toddlers in tow. She paid, loaded up and escaped gleefully from the gum and candy aisle without facing her children’s tears. All in all, she considered it a successful trip.

College and Identity Theft: What Every Student (And Parent) Should Know

Aug 22

College and Identity Theft: What Every Student (And Parent) Should Know By Nikki Junker, Identity Theft Resource Center According to various studies, including the FTC complaint study, the 18-29 year old age bracket account s for over 30 percent of all identity theft complaints. Nowadays, it’s not enough to send your college freshman to school with a laptop, cell phone, books and clean clothes. A cross-cut shredder and a locking box large enough to hold a laptop, loaded with current computer security software, are equally important. These protective measures, while seemingly insignificant, are critical steps in protecting your teen’s belongings and personal identifying information.

FBI Friday: Man found guilty of conspiring to give false information concerning the true identity of other people who obtained new Social Security numbers

Aug 19

FBI Friday: Man found guilty of conspiring to give false information concerning the true identity of other people who obtained new Social Security numbers The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s website is a valuable resource. It has a lot of information about many different types of identity theft that we at ProtectMyID want to share with our readers. Once a month, we’ll highlight a news announcement, article, alert, or other item from the FBI website about identity theft so you can learn more about how this crime is perpetrated.

Hotel WiFi Hacking

Aug 17

Hotel WiFi Hacking Recently, a lot of people I know have been taking a final summer vacation or attending a conference in a different city for work. Whether it’s for work or pleasure, a common denominator I’ve been noticing is the need to stay connected. It wasn’t too long ago that you took a vacation for a long-awaited respite. Cell phones were turned off and people weren’t reachable. These days, I see pics of friends in Italy, Hawaii, and France while they are still on vacation thanks to their social media updates. While staying connected can be a good thing, you need to take steps to make sure the method of your connection doesn’t lead to identity theft.

School Identification and Identity Theft

Aug 15

School Identification and Identity Theft I’ll admit it, I went to college in the 90s and I rarely thought of identity theft back then. I cringe at the number of forms I freely filled out with my Social Security number. I remember teachers posting test results to the wall next to the classroom. Names were not used to identify students, Social Security numbers were; Full Social Security numbers.

ProtectMyID Fraud Case #27

Aug 12

ProtectMyID Fraud Case #27 The purpose of this blog series is to educate people about the ways that identities are stolen. Keep in mind, these stories are true (although I have omitted specific details for our members’ protection) and are described by our Identity Theft Resolution Agents. As you read these stories, think about ways that you can protect yourself from identity theft. Fraud Case: Victim suspects stolen mail led to identity theft attempt.

Back to School: What Kids Can Do To Protect Their Identities at College

Aug 10

Back to School: What Kids Can Do To Protect Their Identities at College Your late teens and early twenties are a time of discovery and wonder. They are also a time when you are able to begin establishing a credit history and take a more hands-on approach to money management. It would be a pity to have all of these early efforts sabotaged by an identity thief. Many college students will be loading up their cars soon and heading back to school. Be sure to provide them with these easy tips so they can better protect themselves.