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Eva Velasquez

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Eva Velasquez is the President/CEO of Identity Theft Resource Center, a non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft in resolving their cases, and to broaden public education and awareness in the understanding of identity theft.

How to Keep Seniors Safe From Internet Scams

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How to Keep Seniors Safe From Internet Scams

How to Keep Seniors Safe From Internet Scams

August is typically the month for back-to-school preparations. With many schools starting in mere weeks, families are busy shopping for supplies and enjoying the final days of summer vacation. Some are even readying their high school and college seniors for the last hurrah. But what about the other seniors in your life? Take a few... Read More

4 Ways to Avoid Online Dating Scams

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4 Ways to Avoid Online Dating Scams

4 Ways to Avoid Online Dating Scams

More couples are meeting on the Internet thanks to the growing number of online matchmaking businesses. This $1.2 billion industry attracts nearly 42 million sign-ups in the United States alone. But with every successful match comes the potential for heartbreak and, sadly, fraud. It might be easy to let your guard down when you come... Read More

Don’t Get Tricked: Identity Protection Tips You Need

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Don’t Get Tricked: Identity Protection Tips You Need

Don’t Get Tricked: Identity Protection Tips You Need

October is a really fun month. The weather is turning, fall is in the air, and, of course, there’s Halloween! But how can consumers make sure that October is full of treats, while not falling for any scammers’ tricks? By arming themselves with the facts and the resources to protect their personally identifiable information. Trick:... Read More

Is ID Theft Worse If You’re In the Military?

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Is ID Theft Worse If You’re In the Military?

Is ID Theft Worse If You’re In the Military?

Identity theft can wreak havoc on a person’s life — impacting their finances, health and good standing in the community. This growing crime poses an even greater threat for military personnel who require security clearance to do their jobs. Security clearance gives military personnel, as well as civilians working for the government or contractors, access to classified... Read More

Looking for Love? Watch Out for Sweetheart Scams

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Looking for Love? Watch Out for Sweetheart Scams

Looking for Love? Watch Out for Sweetheart Scams

At the Identity Theft Resource Center, we’re seeing an increase in in both frequency and severity of the sweetheart scam. Such scams happen when a criminal poses as a suitor who is romantically interested in the victim. As the online relationship progresses, the swindler begins to financially exploit the victim. In the past, criminals used personal ads and,... Read More

Operation Emmental: Could Your Bank Get Hacked?

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Operation Emmental: Could Your Bank Get Hacked?

Operation Emmental: Could Your Bank Get Hacked?

When you go online to bank, you probably assume the site – along with your transaction – is secure. However, a new report shows that your banking experience could be more vulnerable than you think. Operation Emmental, cleverly named by Trend Micro to convey how full of holes online banking protections can be, is the... Read More

How an Identity Thief Can Access Your Smartphone

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How an Identity Thief Can Access Your Smartphone

How an Identity Thief Can Access Your Smartphone

Just as the cellphone was a boon to busy people everywhere, the cellphone’s shinier cousin — the smartphone — has literally changed the way we work and live. Thanks to these little devices, we have access to unheard-of communication and capability. Text, email, Internet surfing, watching movies and even online shopping are just a few... Read More

What Will Identity Theft Look Like in 2014?

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What Will Identity Theft Look Like in 2014?

What Will Identity Theft Look Like in 2014?

At the end of every year, the Identity Theft Resource Center reviews the events in the identity theft world from the previous year and makes predictions on what the future holds for the issue. This year, we’ve changed the format of these predictions to make some bold assertions. While we don’t believe that all of... Read More

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