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Matt Cullina

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Matt Cullina, Chief Executive Officer of Identity Theft 911, has 15 years of insurance industry management, claims and product development experience. He spearheaded MetLife Auto & Home Insurance Co.’s personal product development initiatives, managed complex claims litigation, and served as a corporate witness for Travelers Insurance and the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co.

How to Protect Your Identity After a Tornado

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How to Protect Your Identity After a Tornado

How to Protect Your Identity After a Tornado

Tornadoes have torn through several central states — flattening neighborhoods, wiping out businesses, and injuring and killing many people. Communities may take years to recover from the effects of a twister. Residents of areas affected by twisters can take steps before and after to protect their families — and their identities. Here are four immediate steps to take after a… Read More

10 Tips to Protect Your Identity As You Travel

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10 Tips to Protect Your Identity As You Travel

10 Tips to Protect Your Identity As You Travel

Identity theft doesn’t take a vacation—even when you do. As winter sets in, the bogus offers go out: Phishing emails that can unleash malware on your computer, so-called free vacations and prizes that require a credit card or Social Security number to claim, and low-cost vacation rentals that can lead to a quick gotcha. Let’s… Read More

What’s the Future of Fraud?

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What’s the Future of Fraud?

What’s the Future of Fraud?

What do you get when you bring together a roundtable of experts who’ve got their finger on the pulse of fraud trends in the U.S.? A room full of people empowered to protect their identities — and spread the word among friends and colleagues. Herb Weisbaum, The Consumerman on NBCnews.com, led the “Fast Forward: 2013… Read More

Child Identity Theft Linked to Mobile Devices

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Child Identity Theft Linked to Mobile Devices

Child Identity Theft Linked to Mobile Devices

About 16,000 children suffered identity theft in 2012, according to Federal Trade Commission data. The growing use of mobile devices and technology among children and teenagers has made them more vulnerable to online identity theft. “Kids are more connected now,” Michelle Tabler of the Better Business Bureau Alaska told NBC affiliate KTUU. “They have iPhones now,… Read More

Young Internet Users Don’t Understand Internet Risks

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Young Internet Users Don’t Understand Internet Risks

Young Internet Users Don’t Understand Internet Risks

A new study shows how many children are bullied online and how few understand the importance of Internet safety. The study, which will be published in the International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments, includes a survey of more than 4,200 middle and high school students about the risks of child identity theft…. Read More

Celebrities Can Have Their Identities Stolen Too

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Celebrities Can Have Their Identities Stolen Too

Celebrities Can Have Their Identities Stolen Too

Celebrities do lots of things we do. They take their kids to the beach. They nosh on pizza. And, they fall victim to identity theft. A Florida woman and her son were recently arrested for accessing the personal information of celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Ashton Kutcher and Paris Hilton, according to federal officials. They used… Read More

How to Spot a Wire Fraud Scam

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How to Spot a Wire Fraud Scam

How to Spot a Wire Fraud Scam

Many Americans are learning they need to be extra careful when wiring money, as criminals come up with new ways to pilfer cash. And once that money is sent, it is almost impossible to reverse the transaction or trace it to its final destination. While sending money to a friend or loved one in a… Read More

How to Use a Public Computer Safely

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How to Use a Public Computer Safely

How to Use a Public Computer Safely

As Americans hit the road this summer for road trips and other vacations, many may be accessing public wireless networks along the way to stay in touch with friends and family back home, check their emails, or do some research on their destination. Next month, college students will start heading back to campus, too, and… Read More

Junk Mail Poses Identity Theft Risks

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Junk Mail Poses Identity Theft Risks

Junk Mail Poses Identity Theft Risks

Junk mail: It seems like it never stops. From various credit card application forms to coupons to a local pizzeria, these pieces of mail that are often tossed straight into the trash are not only an annoyance but a threat to your personal information. Pre-approved credit card offers are especially dangerous, as they are an… Read More

Don’t Let Thieves Steal a Piece of Your PII

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Don’t Let Thieves Steal a Piece of Your PII

Don’t Let Thieves Steal a Piece of Your PII

Of all the things you pray you never lose, I’ll bet your library card isn’t one of them. What’s the worst that could happen? Last summer, a California woman found out—to the tune of $643. Someone used her card to check out books, and never brought them back. Since the woman didn’t cancel the missing… Read More

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