Posts in ‘Identity Fraud’
By the National Cyber Security Alliance National Cyber Security Awareness Month is here and we want you to get involved! You don’t have to be a technology expert to do your part in securing cyberspace – it’s as simple as STOP. THINK. CONNECT. (www.stopthinkconnect.org) The Internet is a shared resource and securing it is Our Shared Responsibility. Here are some tips and advice to get you started.
A recent newscast about online pictures and the threat they can pose to privacy (geotagging) was the topic of conversation at a dinner party the other night. Some of my friends happen to have tweens who are very active online. Many of the parents did not know that when their kids post pictures of themselves online, they can inadvertently post their location and leave themselves at risk. Other friends hadn’t thought about the risks of posting pictures real-time, thus revealing that their home was empty.
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!?!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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