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