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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.

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

Identity Theft

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

The Simple Way to Keep Your Tax Refund Safe

Identity Theft

The Simple Way to Keep Your Tax Refund Safe

The Simple Way to Keep Your Tax Refund Safe

The holiday season is just getting underway, a time dedicated to finding the perfect gift for loved ones and a steady procession of festive events that ends when we ring in the New Year. Unfortunately, it’s also a busy time for people dedicated to the commission of identity-related tax fraud. I’ve written more extensively about... Read More

The Viral Facebook Trend That’s a Privacy Lesson

Identity Theft

The Viral Facebook Trend That’s a Privacy Lesson

The Viral Facebook Trend That’s a Privacy Lesson

If you have an account on Facebook, you may have noticed posts featuring a nicely designed cloud comprised of the words that your Facebook friends use most often. It’s powered by an app from a company called Vonvon, and it’s been getting a lot of attention this week from consumer privacy experts. The reason this... Read More

How to Keep Your Fridge From Exposing Your Data

Identity Theft

How to Keep Your Fridge From Exposing Your Data

How to Keep Your Fridge From Exposing Your Data

In 2015, somewhere in the neighborhood of 1 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices will be purchased, an increase of 60% over the previous year. There will be 10 billion IoT devices connected to the Internet this year. A couple of years ago, a survey found that three out of four Americans had no clue... Read More

The Invisible Victims of Identity Theft: Our Kids

Identity Theft

The Invisible Victims of Identity Theft: Our Kids

The Invisible Victims of Identity Theft: Our Kids

Somewhere between 10 million and 16 million Americans get “got” by fraudsters working the seams of identity-related crime every year. The methods are many and various. There are, of course, the familiar scams and frauds, but one harder to detect area of exploitation is child identity theft. So why are children a target for identity... Read More

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