12 Scams of Christmas
Nov15

12 Scams of Christmas

Criminals are out and about in full force during the holidays. Here are 12 scams to watch out for in the holiday season. 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,...

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How to protect your children from Identity Theft
Nov14

How to protect your children from Identity Theft

It’s not just adults who are victims of identity theft. Kids and teenagers are also at risk. 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. Fraudsters target young people because they have clean credit reports, and because they know the crime may go undetected for years. Young people...

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Facebook Quizzes: Sharing Your Private Data
Oct24

Facebook Quizzes: Sharing Your Private Data

Have you ever taken one of those ridiculous and inane quizzes on Facebook that tell you which color you are (“I’m Orange! Now what do I do?”), which Harry Potter character you are (see above), or which superhero your dog resembles? If so, all your private info is likely being shared with the quiz developers – whoever they may be. Those seemingly innocuous quizzes are actually apps designed to gain access to all...

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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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Lifelock CEO Todd Davis Does Damage Control
Mar16

Lifelock CEO Todd Davis Does Damage Control

If you hadn’t heard, identity theft company LifeLock agreed to pay $12 million dollars to settle charges from the Federal Trade Commission and 35 states. The FTC felt that LifeLock ads were deceptive and overstated the protection provided by the service. Personally, I think the charges are valid and I had to chuckle a bit when I read this email from CEO Todd Davis sent out to his partners. Mr. Davis certainly has his public...

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Ben Bernanke – Identity Theft Victim
Aug27

Ben Bernanke – Identity Theft Victim

Ben Bernanke is a victim of identity theft. This is proof positive that it can happen to anyone. Ben Bernanke – the Federal Reserve Board chairman – was one of hundreds of victims of an elaborate identity-fraud ring, headed by a convicted scam artist known as “Big Head,” that stole more than $2.1 million from unsuspecting consumers and at least 10 financial institutions around the country. How Did It Happen? On...

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