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Posts in ‘Identity Theft’

Great Gift Ideas: 5 Gadgets for Identity Protection

Dec 19

Great Gift Ideas: 5 Gadgets for Identity Protection Each December, we blog about holiday scams and tips to avoid identity theft while shopping, but we’ve never provided our readers with a list of cool gadgets that work to protect against identity theft.

Shop but Don’t Drop Your Guard

Dec 15

Shop but Don’t Drop Your Guard Parking lots overflow. Shoppers jostle for must-have gifts. Holiday spending may be in full swing, but not everyone is on the lookout for the best deals. Some people are simply looking out for distracted shoppers and the chance to steal a credit card or worse, an entire wallet and someone’s identity.

Holiday Downloads: Merry or Menacing?

Dec 14

Holiday Downloads: Merry or Menacing? Viruses lurk everywhere on the Web, possibly even behind the holiday animations and e-cards that make the rounds this time of year. While we here at ProtectMyID don’t want to be scrooges, we do want you to be careful. Because that free holiday ringtone may come with a hidden cost – a virus that steals your personal data and leaves you susceptible to identity theft.

Check Your Holiday Giving

Dec 12

Check Your Holiday Giving Money may be a foolproof gift, but mailing a personal check certainly doesn’t bulletproof your identity. So take the proper precautions before you write a check and drop it in the mail this holiday season. Otherwise thieves might cash in on your generosity and your identity.

Video Insight: Chuck Whitlock, Identity Theft Security Expert, on Online Safety

Dec 09

Video Insight: Chuck Whitlock, Identity Theft Security Expert, on Online Safety Chuck Whitlock, Identity Theft Security Expert and Author, talks about the dangers of the digital world. Whitlock makes recommendations on how to protect yourself online and ways to give yourself peace of mind.

ProtectMyID Fraud Case #30: Credit Fraud

Dec 07

ProtectMyID Fraud Case #30: Credit Fraud Colin was recently alerted to attempts to open credit cards in three states, not including his home state. Years ago, Colin lost his Social Security card. Every so often, Colin’s SSN is re-sold and a new bunch of fraud attempts occurs.

Applying for a Holiday Job? Take 5 Steps to Protect Your Identity.

Dec 05

Applying for a Holiday Job? Take 5 Steps to Protect Your Identity. A friend of mine, who is looking for work for the holiday season, called me with a story the other night. We’ve talked about my work in the past, and she knows that I advocate not giving out your Social Security number unless you are sure about the request and know how your information will be stored and destroyed. She remembered my advice when she walked in to a national chain, requested an employment application and saw that it contained multiple requests for her SSN. What would you do in this case?

Tips for Holiday Shopping

Nov 30

Tips for Holiday Shopping Large shopping crowds and busy malls create prime openings for identity thieves. Identity theft is a crime of opportunity and thieves often take advantage of distracted shoppers, crowds, and even temporary workers to steal credit cards, debit cards, checks and Social Security numbers. Minimize the stress of the holiday shopping experience with the following tips.

Before Shopping This Holiday Season, Take a Wallet Inventory

Nov 25

Before Shopping This Holiday Season, Take a Wallet Inventory Once upon a time, having a wallet or purse stolen meant you were out some cash and you might have to order a few new credit cards. As identity theft has become more common, having a wallet or purse stolen these days might be just the beginning of an identity theft nightmare. In order to ensure you’re not putting yourself at unnecessary risk this holiday season, do a quick inventory of your wallet or purse so you know exactly what is (and what is not) being carried around with you when you go out.

What Medicare and Social Security Numbers have to do with Identity Theft

Nov 23

What Medicare and Social Security Numbers have to do with Identity Theft Recently, a friend with Medicare told me she was very concerned about her full Social Security number appearing on her card. I was surprised that the SSN was being used as an identifier on such a common card, so I did a little research to learn what people can do to protect themselves.