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Posts in ‘Identity Theft’

Celebrating Grandparents’ Day – Give Them More than Hugs!

Sep 07

Celebrating Grandparents’ Day – Give Them More than Hugs! Census data released in recent years has highlighted the wealth that our nation’s senior citizens have worked hard to accumulate. Indeed, a lifetime of being fiscally responsible has yielded, for many, strong savings and excellent credit. Unfortunately, this also means that the elderly are one of the largest groups of identity theft victims.

Protecting Your Identity During College

Aug 27

Protecting Your Identity During College Starting college is an exciting time for everyone, and in the midst of making new friends and having new experiences, it’s easy to let your guard down. Unfortunately, it’s also a time when many students put themselves at risk for becoming a victim of identity theft.

Medical Identity Theft: Warning Signs and Action Items

Aug 20

Medical Identity Theft: Warning Signs and Action Items Medical identity theft is on the rise in terms of frequency and impact. Medical identity theft is a variation of identity theft where one’s personal information is fraudulently used to obtain medical services including treatment, healthcare products, or pharmaceuticals.

Internet Safety: What to do if your email account is hacked

Aug 13

Internet Safety: What to do if your email account is hacked If your email account has been hacked, you will need to take action to protect yourself from identity theft. A recent CBS Money Watch article lists these five must-do steps if your email is hacked.

Tips for Avoiding Identity Theft in College

Aug 06

Tips for Avoiding Identity Theft in College Making the transition to college isn’t exclusively fun and excitement. While you may think about protecting your personal safety and your property, you may not be as aware of identity theft and the need to protect your name and credibility. Here are three tips for avoiding identity theft in college.

Video Insight: Medical Identity Theft – Reactions and Responsibility

Aug 03

Dr. Larry Ponemon =describes the surprising reaction that most victims have to finding out they have been victims of medical identity theft, as well as victims expectations of third parties who could potentially be involved.

Identity Theft News Roundup

Aug 01

Identity Theft News Roundup Not every case of identity theft makes the news, but identity theft happens often enough that there is a lot of news about this crime. Here’s a roundup of some of the latest stories of identity theft and tips on how to avoid it.

Protecting My Mom’s Identity After Her Death

Jul 30

Protecting My Mom’s Identity After Her Death Unfortunately, stealing the identity of a deceased person – sometimes known as “ghosting” – is becoming tragically common. If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of having to write the obituary of someone you love, here are a few tips to help protect against identity theft.

Video Insight: Medical Identity Theft – Often a Family Affair

Jul 27

Dr. Larry Ponemon explains how many instances of medical identity theft originate in the family.

Child Identity Protection

Jul 23

Child Identity Protection Richard Power of Carnegie Mellon CyLab, recently published a report on child identity theft based on identity protection scans of over 40,000 U.S. children. The findings are alarming, and include the fact that 10.2% of the children studied had someone else using their Social Security numbers. To provide perspective, among adults in the same population, the figure is 0.2%. This means that as identity theft becomes more rampant, increasingly, children are the targets.