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.
Apartment hunting can be overwhelming for a multitude of reasons, and the proliferation of rental scams just adds to the stress. After several weeks of reading ads and communicating with potential prospective landlords, I feel more informed about the signs of a rental scam than I do about my local real estate market. Here are some unusual signs that a rental listing may be a scam.
What is geotagging? In a nutshell, geotagging tracks the exact GPS coordinates where a digital activity took place. Geotagging is the technology that enables the process of “checking in” and publishing your presence at certain locations on your social media networks.
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.
News stories often result in a tremendous outpouring of charitable donations. When disaster strikes people naturally want to help. For many, that help comes in the form of donations. Unfortunately, con-artists are attuned to the softer side of human nature and will take advantage of the opportunity to create fraudulent charities or enact a charitable scam. Here are some tips that will help you be cautious when donating to charity.
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.
Malware is not something that most people feel able to handle on their own. A worldwide malware attack called DNSCharger was so pervasive that the FBI got involved. Today’s FBI Friday focuses on malware, how it can affect you, and what to do if you are affected by it.
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.
The Identity Theft Resource Center has found that the elderly are increasingly targeted in scams. It is important to communicate proactively with those in your life who are targets for financial exploitation. This will enable them to react appropriately, and hopefully prevent themselves from becoming a victim. Here are a few tips on avoiding phone scams.
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.