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Lessons and stories from the front lines of fighting 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.

Unusual Signs of Rental Scams

Sep 05

Unusual Signs of Rental Scams 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.

Why Geotagging is a Bad Idea

Aug 29

Why Geotagging is a Bad Idea 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.

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.

Be on Alert for Charity Scams

Aug 22

Be on Alert for Charity Scams 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: 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.

FBI Friday: Malware – Is Your Computer Affected?

Aug 17

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.

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.

Protecting the Elderly from Phone Scams

Aug 08

Protecting the Elderly from Phone Scams 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.

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.