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Posts in ‘Identity Theft’

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.

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.

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.

IRS Focuses on Fraud this Tax Season

Feb 06

IRS Focuses on Fraud this Tax Season “ID theft is a growing problem all across the country, and we’ve come to find out that the tax system isn’t immune…They’ve figured out that just like they can steal credit card numbers, they can file false refunds.”

Life Insurance Scam – Are You Really Entitled to a Policy Payout?

Feb 01

Life Insurance Scam – Are You Really Entitled to a Policy Payout? Death records are public, and with the proliferation of information printed in obituaries and given away on social networks, it’s easy for thieves to contact descendants, pose as an insurance firm and obtain personal information, including SSNs, with the mere promise of money.

Video Insight: Smartphone Security, Social Networking and Identity Theft

Jan 27

Video Insight: Smartphone Security, Social Networking and Identity Theft Gabby, Victim Advisor at the Identity Theft Resource Center, explains "shoulder surfing" and discusses options for smartphone security. Also shared is a case of reputation-damaging social media content.