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Adam Levin

Co-Founder, Credit.com |  In Identity Theft, Personal Finance

Adam Levin is co-founder of Credit.com and IDT911. His experience as former director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs gives him unique insight into consumer privacy, legislation and financial advocacy. He is a nationally recognized expert on identity theft and credit, and is the author of SWIPED: How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers, Phishers, and Identity Thieves, a practical, lively book that is essential to surviving the ever-changing world of online security.

8 Scams That Can Ruin Your Vacation

Identity Theft

8 Scams That Can Ruin Your Vacation

8 Scams That Can Ruin Your Vacation

Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow this year, which means spring is right around the corner. For the winter weary, however, summer is still too far away and the lure of blue-green seascapes under sunny skies is strong. If you’ve decided to take the plunge, remember: Your vacation is supposed to be a time to... Read More

Identity Theft Is Dead! Long Live Identity Theft!

Identity Theft

Identity Theft Is Dead! Long Live Identity Theft!

Identity Theft Is Dead! Long Live Identity Theft!

Incidents of identity theft held fairly steady last year, according to a new report by Javelin Strategy and Research. It would seem with time-honored methods of ripping people off going the way of Bonnie and Clyde, fraudsters — ever sophisticated, creative and persistent — scrambled to find new ways to increase revenues in 2015. Of... Read More

Why the IRS Should Push Tax Day to June 15

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Why the IRS Should Push Tax Day to June 15

Why the IRS Should Push Tax Day to June 15

The only way to stop tax refund fraud is to change the way the tax filing and refund system works, and while this may be a painful process for employers and taxpayers alike, it’s necessary.  The Problem With Data Unless you’ve been hiding out in the Unabomber Suite at the Loon Lake Lodge, you know... Read More

How Mega-Breaches Could Literally Kill You

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How Mega-Breaches Could Literally Kill You

How Mega-Breaches Could Literally Kill You

It was not very long ago that information shared with your doctor was sacrosanct, at the same remove from exposure as utterances made under the protection of an attorney-client relationship or pillow talk in a spousal bed. That may no longer be the case — and the fallout could be life-threatening. Unless you are living... Read More

Will Someone Else Be Cashing Your Tax Refund This Year?

Identity Theft

Will Someone Else Be Cashing Your Tax Refund This Year?

Will Someone Else Be Cashing Your Tax Refund This Year?

Here is the IRS’s phone number: 800-829-1040. With an anticipated $21 billion in tax refund fraud this year, you might need it. And that figure doesn’t include losses from dodges like the IRS phone scam, which has been enjoying a renaissance of late. IRS phone frauds aren’t terribly difficult to detect. You get a call... Read More

Beware This Year’s Scams of Christmas

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Beware This Year’s Scams of Christmas

Beware This Year’s Scams of Christmas

While the concept “forewarned is forearmed” is true for every day of the year, it’s particularly true during the holidays. December is the time when most of us focus less on our day jobs and more on family, friends, gift giving and celebration. The holidays are a cause for celebration by scammers, phishers and identity... Read More

The IRS Request That Could Help Identity Thieves

Identity Theft

The IRS Request That Could Help Identity Thieves

The IRS Request That Could Help Identity Thieves

More than a year ago, Federal Trade Commission Chair Edith Ramirez asked Congress to strengthen her agency’s data security powers. “Never has the need for such legislation been greater,” she said during a hearing in early 2014. Nearly two years later, never has a statement like “never has the need been greater” remained an accurate... Read More

Your Holiday Identity Theft Checklist

Identity Theft

Your Holiday Identity Theft Checklist

Your Holiday Identity Theft Checklist

The holiday season is a busy time of the year for identity thieves and other kinds of identity-related fraudsters. Scams abound, but if you follow a few simple rules, you can sidestep some avoidable holiday blues. There is so much personally identifiable information floating around — readily available on the dark web where information black... Read More

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