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.

Why Apple Users May Be Seeing More Scammy Emails

Why Apple Users May Be Seeing More Scammy Emails

Why Apple Users May Be Seeing More Scammy Emails

If you use an Apple device and have noticed an increase in suspicious emails, you’re not imagining things. A report from cybersecurity company CYREN says Apple users have increasingly become scam targets, noting a 246% increase in phishing sites aimed at Apple users from first quarter 2014 to third quarter 2014. Phishing includes emails, social… Read More

Did the IRS Just Hang 500K Identity Theft Victims Out to Dry?

Did the IRS Just Hang 500K Identity Theft Victims Out to Dry?

Did the IRS Just Hang 500K Identity Theft Victims Out to Dry?

More than 530,000 taxpayers with identity theft indicators on their tax accounts were not issued identity protection personal identification numbers (IP PINs) for filing their 2013 taxes, according to a report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). The IRS provides IP PINs to identity theft victims as a security measure aimed at… Read More

3 Spooks That Can Haunt Your Credit

3 Spooks That Can Haunt Your Credit

3 Spooks That Can Haunt Your Credit

As Halloween rolls around, it’s time to tackle your financial fears. For many Americans, pulling your credit reports (you can get free credit reports once a year) and checking your credit scores can be a terrifying idea. If you haven’t checked your credit in a while, you don’t know what you could find on there and… Read More

It’s Alive! Criminals Are Creating New Identities From Bits & Pieces of Yours

It’s Alive! Criminals Are Creating New Identities From Bits & Pieces of Yours

It’s Alive! Criminals Are Creating New Identities From Bits & Pieces of Yours

Digital criminals inventing and exploiting identities out of thin air, rather than impersonating real consumers, are a fast-growing menace, according to a new report from fraud-fighting firm ID Analytics. This relatively new form of identity fraud, called synthetic identity fraud, involves criminals using random Social Security numbers, mismatched names and birthdays, and other personal characteristics that… Read More

One Political Mailer Speaks Volumes on Lack of Data Security Knowledge

One Political Mailer Speaks Volumes on Lack of Data Security Knowledge

One Political Mailer Speaks Volumes on Lack of Data Security Knowledge

Did you hear the one about the Kentucky GOP candidate who asked his attorney general to investigate the state Democratic Party for allegedly sending out the Republican’s Social Security number and more personal information to thousands of constituents? Sorry to say, there’s no punch line here, because according to recent reports, it actually happened. Introducing… Read More

Staples Investigating Data Breach: What Should You Do?

Staples Investigating Data Breach: What Should You Do?

Staples Investigating Data Breach: What Should You Do?

Staples stores in the northeastern U.S. may have been hit by a malware attack compromising an unknown number of customer credit and debit cards, security blogger Brian Krebs reported Oct. 20. Krebs’ sources in the banking industry told him of a pattern of fraud indicating a data breach that appeared to affect some stores in Pennsylvania,… Read More

Don’t Get Tricked: Identity Protection Tips You Need

Don’t Get Tricked: Identity Protection Tips You Need

Don’t Get Tricked: Identity Protection Tips You Need

October is a really fun month. The weather is turning, fall is in the air, and, of course, there’s Halloween! But how can consumers make sure that October is full of treats, while not falling for any scammers’ tricks? By arming themselves with the facts and the resources to protect their personally identifiable information. Trick:… Read More

When Internet Ads Attack

When Internet Ads Attack

When Internet Ads Attack

Malicious advertising, or malvertising, continues to pose a profound hazard, making visits to some of the Internet’s most popular websites a dicey proposition. Cisco researchers have identified a criminal ring, christened the “Kyle and Stan” Malvertising Network, that distributes sophisticated, mutating malware to Windows and even Mac computers. Malicious ads that come and go are… Read More

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