Identity Theft

Our Credit.com experts provide tips & advice on how you can avoid becoming a victim of identity theft and what you should do in the event your identity is compromised. Here, you’ll find information explaining the different forms of identity theft, how to monitor you credit for signs of identity theft & what fraud protection measures you can take.

5 Dead Giveaways You’re Talking to a Scammer

5 Dead Giveaways You’re Talking to a Scammer

5 Dead Giveaways You’re Talking to a Scammer

It happens all the time — you check your email inbox or your phone rings, and on the other end, someone trying to steal your money. Maybe you ignore it. Perhaps you hang up or delete the message. Then again, you might not. You may think you know someone is trying to trick you, but… Read More

Ashley Madison Breach Marks the Rise of ‘Data Kidnapping’

Ashley Madison Breach Marks the Rise of ‘Data Kidnapping’

Ashley Madison Breach Marks the Rise of ‘Data Kidnapping’

Some secrets are more valuable than others. And some secrets are more valuable TO others. In perhaps the most predictable extortion hack ever, cheating website Ashley Madison has confirmed to Brian Krebs that some of its data has been stolen. It now appears that tens of millions of people are at risk of being exposed. As you’ve already… Read More

10 Industries That Could Profit From the Ashley Madison Hack

10 Industries That Could Profit From the Ashley Madison Hack

10 Industries That Could Profit From the Ashley Madison Hack

The hackers who broke into AshleyMadison.com, a meeting place for people seeking extra-marital affairs, recently made good on their threat, exposing their first hostage-victim, a Massachusetts man. There are 37 million more quivering masses of flesh where he came from, and the people behind the compromise have vowed to release all of their customer information… Read More

9 Summer Scams & How You Can Avoid Them

9 Summer Scams & How You Can Avoid Them

9 Summer Scams & How You Can Avoid Them

Summer is a time for sun, fun, exploration and relaxation. Unfortunately, as we unwind there are those who gear up to take advantage of our moments of diversion and distraction. Scammers love summer, too. Here are a few summer scams that can turn a much-needed break from work into a break-the-bank moment or make for… Read More

Who Do I Call If I Lost My Social Security Card?

Who Do I Call If I Lost My Social Security Card?

Who Do I Call If I Lost My Social Security Card?

Recently my teenage daughter landed her first official job, and her employer needed to see a copy of her Social Security card. But I have no idea where I’ve stored it. It wasn’t in our safe deposit box, and a search of all the other places I may have put it turned up nothing. We… Read More

The $20K Buffet Credit Card Nightmare

The $20K Buffet Credit Card Nightmare

The $20K Buffet Credit Card Nightmare

Losing $300 to a buffet sounds like one of the worst all-you-can-eat deals on the planet. Investigators in Houma, La., are trying to track down fraud suspects after multiple customers of a local Chinese buffet restaurant reported seeing hundreds of dollars in unauthorized charges on their accounts after using their credit and debit cards at… Read More

The Federal Government Needs a Cybersecurity Marathon, Not a Sprint

The Federal Government Needs a Cybersecurity Marathon, Not a Sprint

The Federal Government Needs a Cybersecurity Marathon, Not a Sprint

You may not have heard of Tony Scott, but that may change next week. Over the past 16 years, he served as the chief information officer (CIO) for both Microsoft and Walt Disney, and from 1999-2005 he was the chief technology officer of information systems and services at General Motors Corporation. He was recruited to… Read More

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