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.

Identity Theft Victim Spends 32 Days in Jail

Identity Theft Victim Spends 32 Days in Jail

Identity Theft Victim Spends 32 Days in Jail

A Georgia man says he spent 32 days in a Missouri jail for crimes a former roommate committed. It was a case of identity theft, James Molden told a local news reporter, saying the ex-roommate used Molden’s Social Security number and photo ID to open several bank accounts and take out an auto loan in… Read More

How Often Does an App Share Your Location? You May Be Surprised

How Often Does an App Share Your Location? You May Be Surprised

How Often Does an App Share Your Location? You May Be Surprised

Even for researchers experienced at examining technology that might be invasive, this warning was alarming: “Your location has been shared 5,398 times with Facebook, Groupon, GO Launcher EX and seven other apps in the last 14 days.” The warning was sent to a subject as scientists at Carnegie Mellon University were studying the impact of telling… Read More

Woman Is Sent 300 Credit Reports By Accident

Woman Is Sent 300 Credit Reports By Accident

Woman Is Sent 300 Credit Reports By Accident

A woman in Maine came home to a funny sight earlier in March when her mailbox was stuffed with more than 300 envelopes, each containing a credit report. Here’s what’s not so funny: None of them belonged to her. Katie Manning contacted a local news station (WGME 13 TV in Portland, Maine) after she realized she… Read More

3 Ways to Keep Your Debit Card Safe at the ATM

3 Ways to Keep Your Debit Card Safe at the ATM

3 Ways to Keep Your Debit Card Safe at the ATM

When consumers use an ATM, the most they may worry about is forgetting to grab their debit card or the money out of the machine. However, with the increasing risk of fraud, you have more to fear as you may not notice ATM skimmers secretly working in the background. ATM skimmers, or devices that read and… Read More

The New Grave Robbers: Identity Thieves

The New Grave Robbers: Identity Thieves

The New Grave Robbers: Identity Thieves

Take your driver’s license out of your wallet. Flip it over. Now look carefully at the back of it. There’s no box to check for “Identity Donor.” Yet when it comes to identity-related crimes, one of the greatest times of vulnerability is immediately after you die. You can do everything right. You can use long… Read More

3 Things to Look Out for If You’re a Victim of the Premera Breach

3 Things to Look Out for If You’re a Victim of the Premera Breach

3 Things to Look Out for If You’re a Victim of the Premera Breach

Premera Blue Cross, a health insurer serving patients in Washington and Alaska, announced Tuesday it was the target of a cyberattack that accessed millions of customers’ personal, financial and medical information. An investigation reportedly discovered the attack began May 5, 2014. According to its website, Premera Blue Cross serves 1.8 million people in the U.S., though… Read More

Ex-Coroner Charged With Using Dead Person’s Debit Card

Ex-Coroner Charged With Using Dead Person’s Debit Card

Ex-Coroner Charged With Using Dead Person’s Debit Card

A former county coroner in Georgia was indicted by a federal grand jury in early March on charges of identity theft and debit card fraud — he’s accused of taking a dead person’s debit card and repeatedly making unauthorized transactions in September 2012. The accused is Grover F. Tuten Jr., who was the coroner for Richmond… Read More

Florida: The #1 State for Identity Theft

Florida: The #1 State for Identity Theft

Florida: The #1 State for Identity Theft

Consumers filed nearly 2.6 million complaints with the Federal Trade Commission and other consumer groups in 2014, and identity theft was the most common kind, making up 13% of complaints, according to the annual Consumer Sentinel Network report. Identity theft is a national issue — the 332,646 identity theft complaints made 2014 the year with… Read More

Why Some Emails Are So Easy for Scammers to Fake

Why Some Emails Are So Easy for Scammers to Fake

Why Some Emails Are So Easy for Scammers to Fake

Emails purportedly sent by health insurance companies and large banks are more likely to be fraudulent than those claiming to be from social media companies, a new research study reveals. An email that appears to come from a health insurance company is four times more likely to be fraudulent — or two times more likely from a… Read More

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