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.
You may soon be able to log into your Android devices without entering a password, thanks to the new “trust scores” Google announced at its annual I/O conference last week. The trust scores, also referred to as the Trust API (application program interface) or Project Abacus, started development last year and The Verge reports the... Read More
Skimming is a fairly common scam, which involves thieves placing a device over an ATM or other payment terminal that steals debit or credit card information from any cards used at that machine. But criminals are taking this one step further thanks to Russian-speaking Skimer group. The Kaspersky Lab reports that these Skimer scams began in 2010... Read More
A scam involving counterfeit checks is making its way around the internet, and if you’re not careful, you could be its next victim. That’s according to Fox 6 Now, which reported this week that a man named Jerry Peterson received a priority mail package after applying for a mystery shopper job online. Inside was a... Read More
Quick, what was your LinkedIn password in 2012? OK, now think of every password you use for every service, and make sure that LinkedIn password isn’t reused anywhere. If ever you needed a reminder not to reuse passwords, here it is. We knew that LinkedIn got hacked in 2012, but at the time we thought only... Read More
Summer will be here before you know it, and with it come new and old scams. As you consider possible escapes — travel to exotic places; trips to the beach, the mountains or the golf course; a staycation to get much needed work done around your house — bear in mind that these diversions provide... Read More
A “debt collector” call can arrive at any time for just about anyone. Even if you’ve never missed a payment on a bill. There’s only one way to protect yourself: Know what questions to ask. Debt collector telemarketing scams are incredibly persistent because they work. “Debt collectors” can sound scary, and when they catch consumers... Read More
Maybe it’s a sudden influx of subprime credit card offers in your mailbox. Or a bill from an issuer you don’t recognize. Or, even, a debt collection notice regarding a charged-off account you never opened. Whatever telltale sign emerges, you now have reason to believe a credit card has been taken out in your name. While it... Read More
Publix shoppers are the latest targets of a coupon scam on Facebook promising $75 off an $80 purchase. Customers took to social media to report receiving a link by private message, complete with expiration date, UPC code, terms and conditions and even the Publix logo and slogan. The link directs users to a fake Publix website, then prompts them to share the offer... Read More
If you’ve ever broken a bone, you may feel there’s no worse pain in the world. But a recent survey shows that one in five American’s would rather do just that than deal with identity theft. Harris Poll conducted an online survey of 2,100 adults on behalf of Feedzai, a company focused on analyzing big data... Read More
The Social Security Administration sent 352 million notices by snail mail in 2015. With volume like that — much of it containing valuable fraud-enabled information — you’d think the SSA would have a great system for protecting sensitive personally identifiable information from the constant threat of identity-related crime. Think again. Recently, the Office of the... Read More
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