3 Essential Tips to Protect Your Child from Identity Theft
Apr06

3 Essential Tips to Protect Your Child from Identity Theft

Yep, the Internet and connected devices are rotting your child’s brain. It’s a proven fact. But your child’s brain isn’t the only thing in jeopardy. Information stored on the Internet — birth dates, passwords, home addresses, credit card numbers, phone and Social Security numbers — can all be stolen and used for fun and profit by identity thieves. Teens are easy targets because they spend so much time on social...

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Protect Against Posthumous ID Theft
Sep12

Protect Against Posthumous ID Theft

The National Crime Victimization Survey found that 16.6 million people were victims of identity theft in 2012. However, identity theft doesn’t just happen to the living; unfortunately, nearly 2.5 million of those victims were deceased. Why? The deceased are highly targeted by criminals, as the death of a loved one is a life-altering event and the surviving family members probably aren’t immediately concerned with the risk...

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A Parent’s Guide to Safe Holiday Shopping on Cyber Monday
Nov17

A Parent’s Guide to Safe Holiday Shopping on Cyber Monday

Money is tight for most families during the holiday season. But moms and dads can snatch some fantastic deals on toys, clothes and electronics during Thanksgiving weekend. Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving, is gradually gaining ground on Black Friday. ComScore reported that online spending in the U.S. on 2012 Cyber Monday reached $1.465 billion, up 17 percent from a year ago. While online shopping means avoiding the crowds,...

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Digital Pickpockets: The New Threat to Your Identity
Oct22

Digital Pickpockets: The New Threat to Your Identity

No matter how aware you are about safeguarding personal belongings and confidential information, you don’t have complete control. Now you need to worry about digital pickpockets swiping your credit card information during your subway commute or when pumping gas at a rest stop. Los Angeles County law enforcement recently found two credit card skimmers at gas station pumps in Temple City, CA, KABC-TV reports. Skimming is the...

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12 Scams of Christmas

Criminals are out and about in full force during the holidays. Charitable phishing scams: beware of e-mails posing as legit charities. They will take your money and credit card info and the charity will never get your money. The e-mails asking for money may even have to charity logos, like the Red Cross or Salvation Army To assure that your charity of choice gets your donation, go to the source. Go directly to the charity’s...

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The FBI Says You’ve Won the Lottery
Dec03

The FBI Says You’ve Won the Lottery

A Fight Identity Theft visitor forwarded this email to us today and it was so creative I just had to post it here. The email supposedly comes from Robert Mueller – the current head of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations. Not only was it sent by the FBI, the scammers try to get you to believe it’s been vetted by the Anti-Terrorist and International Fraud Division. Unbelievable. Why Do They Send These Emails? What...

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