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.

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

7 Steps to Safer Passwords for All Your Online Accounts

7 Steps to Safer Passwords for All Your Online Accounts

7 Steps to Safer Passwords for All Your Online Accounts

Some passwords are funny. Some are pretty weird. Some can be a math problem. Many can be laughably easy to hack (I give you “dadada, ”“qwerty,” “password” and”123qwe” to name a few.) — or very tricky. But one thing is for sure, they are never really 100% hack proof. Earlier this month, news broke that... Read More

Own an Acer Computer? You Might Have Been Hacked

Own an Acer Computer? You Might Have Been Hacked

Own an Acer Computer? You Might Have Been Hacked

If you purchased something on computer manufacturer Acer’s website over the last year, your credit card information may have been stolen. Hackers made off with the names, addresses, card numbers, expiration dates and three-digit security codes of a reported 34,500 customers. So far, there is no reported evidence that usernames or passwords were compromised during the unauthorized... Read More

A Scheme You’ve Never Heard of Might Ruin Your Summer

A Scheme You’ve Never Heard of Might Ruin Your Summer

A Scheme You’ve Never Heard of Might Ruin Your Summer

Legendary Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis said, “Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.” Never were truer words spoken when it comes to protecting your identity. When it comes to synthetic identity theft, you... Read More

Watch Out for Charity Scams in Wake of the Orlando Shooting

Watch Out for Charity Scams in Wake of the Orlando Shooting

Watch Out for Charity Scams in Wake of the Orlando Shooting

In the wake of the Orlando shooting, many want to help victims and their families by giving donations. Unfortunately, scammers may try to take advantage of their kindness. “Scammers depend on heightened emotion and often follow closely behind tragic events,” Holly Salmons, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Central Florida, said in a... Read More

Beware These Olympics Scams (Even If You’re Not Going to Rio)

Beware These Olympics Scams (Even If You’re Not Going to Rio)

Beware These Olympics Scams (Even If You’re Not Going to Rio)

With the 2016 Summer Olympics just around the corner, scammers are getting busy with various schemes to dupe fans. Here are some of this year’s Olympics scams to watch out for. Phishing Attacks  It’s the old-school scam in an unfamiliar package, this time masquerading as an email that appears to be the original marketing advertisement of the event... Read More

Moving: A Dangerous Time for Your Identity

Moving: A Dangerous Time for Your Identity

Moving: A Dangerous Time for Your Identity

Summertime offers an endless list of ways you can take it easy, unless it’s doesn’t. It’s also moving time. Whether we’re talking about college kids coming home for a few months or simple relocation, there’s nothing relaxing about a move — or simple. Get it wrong, and you become vulnerable to identity theft and other... Read More

The Lesson Mark Zuckerberg Just Taught Everyone About Reusing Passwords

The Lesson Mark Zuckerberg Just Taught Everyone About Reusing Passwords

The Lesson Mark Zuckerberg Just Taught Everyone About Reusing Passwords

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apparently didn’t read the warning about using different passwords to protect online accounts. Sources told The Wall Street Journal that Zuckerberg’s Twitter and Pinterest accounts were hacked over the weekend. Per the paper, Zuckerberg utilized the same password — “dadada” — to protect each account. That password had appeared last month in... Read More

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