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 Scams That Plague Small Businesses

5 Scams That Plague Small Businesses

5 Scams That Plague Small Businesses

We’ve all seen the breaking news stories about the massive data breaches involving big-box retailers such as Target and Michaels. These incidents left consumers in fear, but the companies were able to absorb the losses. Unfortunately, small businesses don’t always have the luxury of recouping massive financial losses after a breach. In severe cases, they’re… Read More

7 Ways You Put Your Identity at Risk on Vacation

7 Ways You Put Your Identity at Risk on Vacation

7 Ways You Put Your Identity at Risk on Vacation

The vacation you’ve saved and planned for is finally here, and you’re ready to relax — which is why it’s especially bad that identity thieves are ready to go to work. They know that chances are your guard is down, at least a little, making it a perfect time for them to take advantage of… Read More

Senior Center Resident Reportedly Lost $335K in ID Theft Scam

Senior Center Resident Reportedly Lost $335K in ID Theft Scam

Senior Center Resident Reportedly Lost $335K in ID Theft Scam

An Alabama woman has reportedly agreed to plead guilty to identity theft and bank fraud charges for a scheme in which she stole more than $300,000 from an elderly resident at the senior center where she was employed. Shostocka Keya Ward, 43, of Vestavia Hills, used the resident’s bank account and credit card without authorization… Read More

Woman Allegedly Lived Under 74 Aliases, Targeted Hollywood

Woman Allegedly Lived Under 74 Aliases, Targeted Hollywood

Woman Allegedly Lived Under 74 Aliases, Targeted Hollywood

Living a double life seems like it would be challenging enough, but that’s child’s play compared to what one California identity theft suspect is believed to have accomplished. Cathryn Parker, 72, was arrested in March when she was stopped for a traffic violation and gave a law enforcement officer a fake name. Turns out, Parker… Read More

3 Renter Gotchas

3 Renter Gotchas

3 Renter Gotchas

It’s already hard enough to find an affordable home or apartment to rent (especially if you live in one of these cities). Rental prices are rising fast around the country, even in unexpected places like Kansas City and Portland. But as more people turn to online help to find a decent home, there are more… Read More

Should We Kill the Social Security Number?

Should We Kill the Social Security Number?

Should We Kill the Social Security Number?

While tax season is still producing eye twitches around the nation, it’s time to face the music about tax-related identity theft. Experts project the 2014 tax year will be a bad one. The Anthem breach alone exposed 80 million Social Security numbers, and then was quickly followed by the Premera breach that exposed yet another… Read More

Shirley, You Can’t Be Serious. Airplanes Are Hackable?!

Shirley, You Can’t Be Serious. Airplanes Are Hackable?!

Shirley, You Can’t Be Serious. Airplanes Are Hackable?!

There are two ways to describe an important report issued by Congress’ General Accountability Office this week about airplanes and computers. Here’s how the GAO titled its paper: “FAA Needs a More Comprehensive Approach to Address Cybersecurity As Agency Transitions to NextGen.” And here’s how many observers described the report: “Airplanes can be hacked through passenger… Read More

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