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Posts in ‘Identity Theft’

‘Vaccinate’ Against Medical Identity Theft

Jan 23

‘Vaccinate’ Against Medical Identity Theft Medical identity theft is on the rise. A study by the Ponemon Institute indicates that 2 million Americans are victims of medical identity theft each year. Medical identity theft can damage your credit rating and finances, and even compromise your health care. Take steps to minimize your risk of this type of identity theft.

Protect Your Identity While Holiday Job-hunting

Dec 14

Protect Your Identity While Holiday Job-hunting A holiday job is an opportunity to make extra money, and if you do well, there’s a chance your employer may want to hire you for year-round work. Unfortunately, the seasonal employment uptick is also an opportunity for identity thieves. All those job applications contain a great deal of personal, identifying information. Take steps to protect your identity while you’re looking for seasonal work.

Cyber Buyers Beware: Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

Dec 11

Cyber Buyers Beware: Safety Tips for the Holiday Season Spending online is skyrocketing. U.S. consumers spent a record-breaking $1.46 billion on Cyber Monday alone and more than $1 billion on Black Friday, according to comScore Inc. If you’re part of this online shopping craze, here are some safety tips to keep in mind this holiday season.

Eight Tips to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Dec 11

Eight Tips to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft If your personal information has been exposed in a breach, you may want to take the following steps to protect yourself from identity theft.

Must-do identity theft protection tips for holiday shoppers

Nov 20

Must-do identity theft protection tips for holiday shoppers Identity theft doesn’t just happen online. Crooks can pilfer your personal information right out of your wallet or cellphone unless you take some steps to be extra vigilant during the holiday shopping season. Here are some simple, must-do measures to keep in mind on Black Friday and over the coming month.

Tips for protecting your identity while traveling over the holidays

Nov 14

Tips for protecting your identity while traveling over the holidays Traveling during the holidays can be fun, exciting and heartwarming when you get to spend your vacation time with your loved ones. While you’re enjoying your holiday travels, don’t forget that identity thieves are still hard at work.

Your Vital Records – at Vital Times

Nov 08

Your Vital Records – at Vital Times After a disaster, new dangers become present in the form of unscrupulous individuals who take advantage of the misfortunes of others. Looting, fraud and identity theft become widespread. How do you protect yourself from identity theft, and your critical paperwork from loss, during and after a disaster?

Flu Season is Right Around the Corner

Sep 24

Flu Season is Right Around the Corner Everyone over 6 months old should get a flu shot. If you plan to get your flu shot at a pharmacy or another retailer this fall, be sure to safeguard your medical identity, too. Medical identity theft reached an all-time high last year with nearly 2 million people becoming victims in the United States, according to the latest Ponemon Institute Medical Identity Theft survey. If you want to try to avoid becoming a victim, be vigilant with these tips.

Have You Taken Advantage of the Low Interest Rates?

Sep 22

Have You Taken Advantage of the Low Interest Rates? Why not make sure your house is safe? Not just from burglars, but from identity thieves too. Refinancing usually involves pulling out many financial documents such as tax returns, bank statements, pay stubs and other records that could mean a big payload for an identity thief. Protect yourself after you refinance by taking the following precautions.

FBI Friday: Identity Theft Charges Span More Than Two Decades

Sep 14

FBI Friday: Identity Theft Charges Span More Than Two Decades John Doe Sentenced to 10 Years for Aggravated Identity Theft and Fraud Charges Involving United States Navy and JAXPORT.