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.

Beware This New Twist on the Old Counterfeit Check Scam

Beware This New Twist on the Old Counterfeit Check Scam

Beware This New Twist on the Old Counterfeit Check Scam

It seems scammers have found yet another way to con victims out of their money, this time using credit cards and bank accounts. It’s a new spin on an old scam that often involves counterfeit checks. And it’s something Greenville, South Carolina, resident Judy Guyton learned the hard way after checking her bank account online, according to... Read More

4 Things You Should Never Text or Email

4 Things You Should Never Text or Email

4 Things You Should Never Text or Email

Most of us in our “instant gratification isn’t enough” society assume that the potential fallout from transmitting sensitive information via text, fax or email is outweighed by the convenience of getting something where it needs to be fast. After all, becoming the victim of an identity-related crime isn’t the end of the world, right? Define... Read More

America’s Top 10 Consumer Complaints

America’s Top 10 Consumer Complaints

America’s Top 10 Consumer Complaints

If the “Internal Revenue Service” (IRS) called you up last year demanding payment, well, you weren’t alone. Fake IRS and other imposter scams topped the list of fastest-growing complaints to state and local consumer protection agencies in 2015, according to an annual survey by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and the North American Consumer Protection Investigators (NACPI). That... Read More

ID Scams Target Parents Just Trying to Protect Their Kids

ID Scams Target Parents Just Trying to Protect Their Kids

ID Scams Target Parents Just Trying to Protect Their Kids

Ask a parent how far they’d go to protect their child, and their answer would probably be along the lines of, “I’d do anything.” That’s a powerful statement — and it’s also a dangerous one. Sometimes, parents’ efforts to keep their kids safe can actually put their children at risk. The Identity Theft Resource Center... Read More

Can Your Smartwatch Give Away Your ATM Password?

Can Your Smartwatch Give Away Your ATM Password?

Can Your Smartwatch Give Away Your ATM Password?

Could wearing a fitness tracker or smartwatch make it easier for scammers to exploit your private PIN? That’s the conclusion of a shocking new study released this month. In the paper, “Friend or Foe?: Your Wearable Devices Reveal Your Personal Pin,” researchers from Binghamton University and the Stevens Institute of Technology describe how, with the help of a computer... Read More

Be on the Lookout for This Fake Wegmans $100 Coupon

Be on the Lookout for This Fake Wegmans $100 Coupon

Be on the Lookout for This Fake Wegmans $100 Coupon

If you’re planning to head to Wegmans to stock up on goodies for your 4th of July barbecues, take note. There’s an online discount coupon scam bearing the company’s name that appears to be making the rounds on social media. The alleged scam involves a fraudulent Facebook post advertising a free $100 voucher to Wegmans, according to a press... Read More

How to Protect Your Identity While You’re Out of Town

How to Protect Your Identity While You’re Out of Town

How to Protect Your Identity While You’re Out of Town

While it’s important to do everything you can to protect yourself from identity-related crime when you’re traveling, it’s equally important to do everything you can to protect your home and the breadcrumbs of your identity that you leave behind. Every possible kind of identity-related crime exists in a dormant state in your home. In more... Read More

It’s Easier to Lie & Get a Gun Than Lie & Get a Credit Card

It’s Easier to Lie & Get a Gun Than Lie & Get a Credit Card

It’s Easier to Lie & Get a Gun Than Lie & Get a Credit Card

Quantrey Bryant wasn’t a suspected terrorist, but he was a convicted felon, and felons aren’t supposed to be able to buy guns. But from an Alabama jail cell, using smuggled cellphones, stolen credit card data, online websites and straw buyers, Bryant was able to set up a guns-for-money crime ring, federal authorities say. He ultimately used crude... Read More

Nope, the FBI Isn’t Calling You for Money

Nope, the FBI Isn’t Calling You for Money

Nope, the FBI Isn’t Calling You for Money

Phone scammers often pretend to be debt collectors, election or IRS officials — heck, they’ve even pretended to be you calling you to scam yourself. Now they’re pretending to be the FBI in hopes of swindling you out of some cash and possibly your personal information as well. The FBI’s Philadelphia field office issued a warning Wednesday saying a phone scam... Read More

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