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Identity Protection Tips for College Students

Sep 09

Identity Protection Tips for College Students Many college graduates expect to leave school with thousands of dollars in student loans. But, they don’t expect to leave with thousands of dollars in fraudulent bills. Identity theft can cause significant damage to both students’ credit and financial stability before they even have a chance to build a solid foundation for themselves. Instead of waiting until the damage is done, it’s important for students to protect their identities throughout college.

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.

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.

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.

Win a Year of ProtectMyID: Twitter Contest Question

Aug 09

If you haven't already, head on over to Twitter and check out our contest. You could win a year of ProtectMyID. See earlier posts for rules and all details. www.Twitter.com/ProtectMyID. Question: What are the 7 types of #identitytheft?

Members’ Corner: “I Feel Lucky I Found ProtectMyID”

Aug 05

At ProtectMyID, we love hearing from our members. As a reader, I think you'll learn a lot from the following true story of identity theft. James from Massachusetts "I found out that I’d been a victim of identity theft through creditor phone calls. I’ve always had good credit, so I thought it must have been a mistake. I’d just returned from working overseas and thought that the situation was some sort of error. However, the calls didn’t stop and I quickly learned that someone had used my identity to purchase a car, get car and health insurance, a driver’s license, open more than 20 credit and bank accounts, and spend more than $10,000 on medical services.

ProtectMyID® TWITTER CONTEST OFFICIAL RULES

Aug 03

1. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. These Official Rules (“Rules”) apply to the ProtectMyID Twitter Contest at https://twitter.com/ProtectMyID (“Contest”). The sponsor of this Contest isConsumerInfo.com, Inc., owner of the ProtectMyID.com website, 18500 Von Karman, Suite 400, Irvine, CA 92612 (“Sponsor”). By entering the Contest, entrants agree to be bound by these Rules and all decisions of Sponsor in its sole discretion. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. VOID where prohibited or restricted by law.

Win a year membership to ProtectMyID®!

Aug 03

Win a year membership to ProtectMyID®! It’s almost time for a @ProtectMyID Twitter Contest for our Twitter followers. (link to Twitter.com/protectmyid) Starting on August 4, 2011 @ 9:00am Pacific Time, we will ask a financial or security trivia question. Respond by answering the question and mentioning @ProtectMyID, as quickly as you can. The 5th eligible person to answer the question correctly will win a year membership to ProtectMyID!