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.

Was 2014 Really the Worst Year Ever for Privacy?

Was 2014 Really the Worst Year Ever for Privacy?

Was 2014 Really the Worst Year Ever for Privacy?

Target. Home Depot. Michaels. And now, this Sony mess. The year 2014 will certainly be known as the year of the mega-hack, the year personal privacy took its first really big hit, right? Not so fast. We’ve been down this road before. A trip down memory lane will offer some perspective. Sure, 2014 began with… Read More

Holiday Parties: A Dream Gift for Identity Thieves

Holiday Parties: A Dream Gift for Identity Thieves

Holiday Parties: A Dream Gift for Identity Thieves

To the millions of Americans who have already attended a few holiday parties this year: Check your credit and debit card statements. Why? Because holiday parties are a thief’s playground. When you go to someone’s home for a festive gathering, you probably leave your coat and other belongings (like your purse or wallet) somewhere you… Read More

Park-n-Fly Confirms Some Customer Credit Cards Compromised

Park-n-Fly Confirms Some Customer Credit Cards Compromised

Park-n-Fly Confirms Some Customer Credit Cards Compromised

Park-n-Fly, an Atlanta-based company that allows travelers to reserve airport parking spots, experienced a malware attack on its website that seems to have compromised customer payment information. Michael Deaderick, Park-n-Fly’s chief financial officer, told Credit.com the company hired two security firms to investigate the issue, during which they found and removed trojans from Park-n-Fly’s website. Deaderick… Read More

Postal Worker Allegedly Stole Credit Cards for Shopping Spree

Postal Worker Allegedly Stole Credit Cards for Shopping Spree

Postal Worker Allegedly Stole Credit Cards for Shopping Spree

A worker employed at a Freeport, N.Y., post office branch was arrested Monday for allegedly intercepting and using credit cards she found in the mail. Yvonne Jamison, 38, of Brooklyn (about 20 miles from Freeport) faces felony charges for allegedly making dozens of purchases using seven credit cards that had been sent via the U.S. Postal… Read More

The Most Important Lessons You Can Learn From the Sony Hack

The Most Important Lessons You Can Learn From the Sony Hack

The Most Important Lessons You Can Learn From the Sony Hack

Angelina Jolie may have been all thorns when she ran into Sony’s Amy Pascal last week after the hacker group Guardians of Peace leaked the co-chair’s email rant about the “Maleficent” star, but while the gossip mill grinds and the spin doctors do their best to stop the bleeding at the company, the real lesson… Read More

Couple Sent to Prison for Creating ‘Credit Card Lab’

Couple Sent to Prison for Creating ‘Credit Card Lab’

Couple Sent to Prison for Creating ‘Credit Card Lab’

An Atlanta couple was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Dec. 12, almost three years after police discovered a sophisticated credit card lab in the basement of their home. Law enforcement found more than 97,000 unique credit and debit card numbers, more than 800 fake credit cards (they found more, which were not complete),… Read More

Caregiver Admits to Stealing Over $900K From Elderly Woman

Caregiver Admits to Stealing Over $900K From Elderly Woman

Caregiver Admits to Stealing Over $900K From Elderly Woman

Caring for an elderly or disabled person requires great responsibility. Caregivers have so much control over the lives of those they care for, and unfortunately, that’s an often-abused power. A woman in Arizona was just sentenced to 10 years in prison for doing just that. Shirley Gonzales defrauded an elderly woman of nearly $1 million… Read More

5 Big Privacy Predictions for 2015

5 Big Privacy Predictions for 2015

5 Big Privacy Predictions for 2015

It seems like there were more companies that had privacy-related problems in 2014 than didn’t. And the lucky ones that didn’t “get got” were separated by only one or two degrees from those that did. As we look ahead to 2015, I see a mix of old privacy concerns along with a few emerging dangers…. Read More

Is Big Data Already Tracking Your Kindergartner?

Is Big Data Already Tracking Your Kindergartner?

Is Big Data Already Tracking Your Kindergartner?

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who disagrees that America’s schools are in need of serious reform. And it’s an obvious leap to think technology is the fast lane to improvement. “Ed-tech” is where some of America’s thorniest issues collide, however. Big Brother. Marketing to kids. Privacy. Boondoggles. Attention deficit disorder. Teacher accountability. As a… Read More

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