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.

15 Steps You Can Take to Prevent Identity Theft

15 Steps You Can Take to Prevent Identity Theft

15 Steps You Can Take to Prevent Identity Theft

While identity theft now gets its own category as a crime, it contributes to the most common type of crime in the U.S.: theft. Millions of Americans (and people all over the world) fall victim to identity theft every year, and it seems there’s little we can do to stop it. However, that type of... Read More

The Grandparents Scam: How It Works

The Grandparents Scam: How It Works

The Grandparents Scam: How It Works

A few months ago, a relative of mine in Sacramento received a call from his granddaughter. She was calling from a jail in Florida after having crashed her car, broken her nose, and getting arrested. She was sobbing, and pleaded with him to not tell her parents or anyone else, and to send money along... Read More

Are You Helping an ID Thief Get a Credit Card?

Are You Helping an ID Thief Get a Credit Card?

Are You Helping an ID Thief Get a Credit Card?

You can spot a Nigerian email scam without opening it. You know what you’re doing when it comes to keeping ID thieves from conning you. And if someone tried to get the kind of personal information needed to open credit in your name, well, it just wouldn’t happen. Except it would. Credit gets stolen using... Read More

How a Picture Could Rob You Blind

How a Picture Could Rob You Blind

How a Picture Could Rob You Blind

Unless you live in a pineapple under the sea with a talking sponge, you’re probably familiar with the never-ending parade of cute animal pictures sent by text and email—friend to friend, email list to subscriber—and everywhere you look on social media. Hackers are counting on that. You’re no fool. You keep current on the news—specifically... Read More

Should You Be Getting More Protection in the Wake of the Equifax Breach?

Should You Be Getting More Protection in the Wake of the Equifax Breach?

Should You Be Getting More Protection in the Wake of the Equifax Breach?

More than 145 million Americans were compromised by the Equifax breach, their most sensitive information no longer a secret—including Social Security numbers. The epic breach included all the data that a criminal might need (and more) to commit a smorgasbord of identity-related crimes. The response? Equifax offered a free one-year subscription to their identity protection... Read More

Identity Theft Soars in 2017

Identity Theft Soars in 2017

Identity Theft Soars in 2017

We’ve heard about the identity theft epidemic for so long that many have become numb to the news, and the large numbers — 50 million stolen credit cards here, 150 million stolen Social Security numbers there. But this is no time for complacency. There were two bits of very bad news for consumers in the... Read More

ID Fraud Hits All Time High: What You Can Do to Protect Yourself

ID Fraud Hits All Time High: What You Can Do to Protect Yourself

ID Fraud Hits All Time High: What You Can Do to Protect Yourself

Not to name names (cough, cough, Equifax), but it seems a particular data breach involving the sensitive information of 145.5 million people may have something to do with the spike in identity-related crimes reported in Javelin Strategy and Research’s 2018 Identity Fraud Study. As if 2016’s record didn’t serve as warning enough, along comes 2017... Read More

How to Fix Your Credit After Identity Theft

How to Fix Your Credit After Identity Theft

How to Fix Your Credit After Identity Theft

Identity theft and credit card fraud are on the rise. Advisory firm Javelin Strategy & Research reported a 16 percent increase in the “identity fraud incidence rate” in 2016, the highest since the firm started tracking in 2003. The result? A massive $16 billion of losses during a single year. Although the majority of these... Read More

This Blackmail Scam Brought to You by [Name of Data Breach]

This Blackmail Scam Brought to You by [Name of Data Breach]

This Blackmail Scam Brought to You by [Name of Data Breach]

Dave Eargle doesn’t have to imagine what it would be like to get an extortion letter in the mail, because he got one. “I know you cheated on your wife,” the correspondent wrote. “More importantly, I have evidence of the infidelity.” The scam artist behind the letter claimed to have discovered the alleged cheating accidentally,... Read More

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