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Posts from February, 2012

Spring Clean Your Social Media Accounts

Feb 29

Spring Clean Your Social Media Accounts We live in a digital world and organizing that world shouldn’t be ignored. My cleaning project this year involves my social networks since we know that many an unmanaged social network has led to identity theft.

Two Keys to Resolving Tax Fraud

Feb 27

Two Keys to Resolving Tax Fraud Identity thieves have a penchant for using other people’s Social Security numbers (SSN) to submit false tax returns and claim refunds to which they aren’t entitled. You may find it’s happened to you if the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rejects your return and informs you it already has one for your SSN. If so, there are two critical steps you need to take.

Three Not-So-Obvious Tax Data Dangers

Feb 24

Three Not-So-Obvious Tax Data Dangers If you’re mindful of how you and others handle your tax documents and data, you’re on the right track to protecting your identity. But thieves have more ways than you might think to get a hold of the valuable information on your tax returns. Here’s a look at three of the less obvious ways and a few ideas on protecting yourself from them.

Protect Your Tax Paper Trail

Feb 22

Protect Your Tax Paper Trail Tax preparation has gone digital with the relatively new apps for your tablet and smart phone, as well as the not-so-new software and online services. But, chances are, you can’t completely avoid the paper trail of tax season. No matter what your paper trail consists of or how large it is, it could put you at risk for identity theft, a highly taxing experience in its own right. In a 2011 survey, ProtectMyID found that 48% of respondents don’t secure their old tax documents and 43% do.

#1 Sign of a Fake IRS Email

Feb 20

#1 Sign of a Fake IRS Email While no one likes phishing scams, the best thing about a purported IRS scam is this: It’s easy to spot. The IRS only communicates via postal mail regarding questions about your return or refund. Any email you receive that claims to be from the IRS and asks for more data in order to clarify a problem or process a refund is a fake.

Phishing Alert: Beware of Emails Purporting to be from your Cell Phone Carrier

Feb 17

Phishing Alert: Beware of Emails Purporting to be from your Cell Phone Carrier Phishing techniques, like many social engineering techniques, are designed to frighten you into overriding your internal caution button and to get you to take immediate action, usually by clicking on a link conveniently provided in an email. This latest scam is no different. Over the weekend, two staffers received claiming to be from a major cell phone carrier with the alarming subject line “Account Locked.”

ProtectMyID Feature Highlight: Lost Wallet Protection

Feb 15

ProtectMyID Feature Highlight: Lost Wallet Protection If you don’t easily find your lost wallet, give the Lost Wallet hotline a call. Since we are able to track your cards, we can make the calls to cancel and request replacement debit, credit and medical insurance cards. At ProtectMyID, we know what steps to take, so we act quickly to help you minimize the financial damage that can happen as a result of identity theft.

Tax Time Tips for Peace of Mind

Feb 13

Tax Time Tips for Peace of Mind Every year during tax season, many individuals discover that they are victims of identity theft. Identity theft affects the processing of a tax return in many ways. For example, victims may be notified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that a tax return has already been filed in their name for the given tax year. In some cases, the individual is notified by the IRS that he or she has failed to report earnings from an employer for the tax year in question.

Video Insight: How ProtectMyID Works

Feb 10

Video Insight: How ProtectMyID Works Kerry, an identity theft victim and ProtectMyID member, discusses the simplicity of ProtectMyID. She talks about the speed and ease of the ProtectMyID process if there is an alert that unwanted activity has been found on an account.

Medical Identity Theft: Prevent, Recognize and React

Feb 08

Medical Identity Theft: Prevent, Recognize and React Medical identity theft, a twist on traditional ID theft, is when your personal identifying information (PII) is stolen for the purposes of acquiring medical benefits. As is the trend with most stored information these days, medical records are being digitalized and stored electronically more than ever before. The benefits of storing information this way are obvious, as are the associated risks.