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.

8 Scams That Can Ruin Your Vacation

8 Scams That Can Ruin Your Vacation

8 Scams That Can Ruin Your Vacation

Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow this year, which means spring is right around the corner. For the winter weary, however, summer is still too far away and the lure of blue-green seascapes under sunny skies is strong. If you’ve decided to take the plunge, remember: Your vacation is supposed to be a time to... Read More

Beware: Scammers Love Valentine’s Day, Too

Beware: Scammers Love Valentine’s Day, Too

Beware: Scammers Love Valentine’s Day, Too

Valentine’s Day can certainly be stressful. Whether you’re at a loss for what to buy your love or you’re the lamenting the lack of one, you also have to watch out for scammers this time of year. “Scammers play on emotion … and romance is certainly a strong emotion,” the Better Business Bureau said in... Read More

Watch Out for Fake Turbo Tax Emails

Watch Out for Fake Turbo Tax Emails

Watch Out for Fake Turbo Tax Emails

Scammers are targeting taxpayers by sending TurboTax customers fake emails designed to steal people’s personal and account information, according to a Feb. 4 announcement by Intuit, the parent company of the do-it-yourself tax software. Intuit said the email mimicks the company’s brand and tells recipients they need to confirm their accounts. Here’s what part of... Read More

Identity Theft Is Dead! Long Live Identity Theft!

Identity Theft Is Dead! Long Live Identity Theft!

Identity Theft Is Dead! Long Live Identity Theft!

Incidents of identity theft held fairly steady last year, according to a new report by Javelin Strategy and Research. It would seem with time-honored methods of ripping people off going the way of Bonnie and Clyde, fraudsters — ever sophisticated, creative and persistent — scrambled to find new ways to increase revenues in 2015. Of... Read More

Are Chip Cards Exposing You to a Deeper Form of Identity Theft?

Are Chip Cards Exposing You to a Deeper Form of Identity Theft?

Are Chip Cards Exposing You to a Deeper Form of Identity Theft?

U.S. consumers have finally been liberated from archaic technology that used to protect them and their credit cards from identity theft. Millions of Americans now have chip-enabled credit cards, and the results of this sweeping change are in. An estimated 13 million consumers fell victim to identity theft fraud in 2015, according to Javelin Strategy and... Read More

Identity Theft Complaints Are Up 47% in Just One Year

Identity Theft Complaints Are Up 47% in Just One Year

Identity Theft Complaints Are Up 47% in Just One Year

Reports of identity theft shot up in 2015, largely driven by an increase in tax- and wage-related fraud, according to the Federal Trade Commission. People made 490,220 identity theft complaints to the FTC in 2015, up from 332,647 (a 47% increase) in 2014 and 290,102 in 2013. From 2014 to 2015, there were 51% more complaints... Read More

The Scams That Can Destroy Your Super Bowl 50 Dreams

The Scams That Can Destroy Your Super Bowl 50 Dreams

The Scams That Can Destroy Your Super Bowl 50 Dreams

Super Bowl 50 is rapidly approaching, but you may want to think twice before you jump on any ticket offers that happen to come your way — especially if they seem too good to be true. Scammers have been known to swarm around the big game, ready to sell counterfeit tickets to unwitting fans looking to purchase... Read More

Why the IRS Should Push Tax Day to June 15

Why the IRS Should Push Tax Day to June 15

Why the IRS Should Push Tax Day to June 15

The only way to stop tax refund fraud is to change the way the tax filing and refund system works, and while this may be a painful process for employers and taxpayers alike, it’s necessary.  The Problem With Data Unless you’ve been hiding out in the Unabomber Suite at the Loon Lake Lodge, you know... Read More

Forget Credit Cards — Hackers Want Your Uber Account

Forget Credit Cards — Hackers Want Your Uber Account

Forget Credit Cards — Hackers Want Your Uber Account

Your Uber account is about 17 times more valuable to a hacker than your credit card credentials, according to a report security company Trend Micro compiled for CNBC. They found that stolen Uber credentials sell for an average of $3.78 per account on underground online marketplaces, while bundles of credit card data are sold for... Read More

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