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.

Another Target Security Breach?

Another Target Security Breach?

Another Target Security Breach?

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is looking into a security breach involving Target stores in central California, ABC affiliate KXTV in Sacramento reports, though it is unrelated to the cyberattack that affected Target stores across the country at the end of 2013. The new issue was detected in January, and investigators identified a suspect in April. Postal… Read More

How Buying Gas Could Cost You Your Identity

How Buying Gas Could Cost You Your Identity

How Buying Gas Could Cost You Your Identity

Labor Day weekend presents a welcome opportunity to get out of town, spend a few days with friends and family and look forward to a shortened work week, but consumers aren’t the only ones excited about the holiday. Nearly 35 million Americans are expected to travel more than 50 miles from home this Labor Day… Read More

The JPMorgan Hack: What Should You Do?

The JPMorgan Hack: What Should You Do?

The JPMorgan Hack: What Should You Do?

JPMorgan Chase and at least one other bank were reportedly victims of a cyberattack, possibly orchestrated from Russia as retaliation for economic sanctions from the U.S. and European nations. Bloomberg first reported the breach based on sources familiar with the FBI investigation, which remains unconfirmed by the FBI and Chase. Requests for comment made by… Read More

Man Arrested for Allegedly Stealing 34 Veterans’ Identities

Man Arrested for Allegedly Stealing 34 Veterans’ Identities

Man Arrested for Allegedly Stealing 34 Veterans’ Identities

A Florida man was arrested Aug. 20 for allegedly stealing the Social Security numbers of 34 veterans who were treated at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Willie Streater, 24, worked for Secure Waste Disposal, an Orlando company the medical center used to shred files containing personally… Read More

4 Reasons Not to Use Your Debit Card at a Bar

4 Reasons Not to Use Your Debit Card at a Bar

4 Reasons Not to Use Your Debit Card at a Bar

You’ve watched enough Tarantino to know you should only bring a knife to a gunfight if you’re Uma Thurman. Bringing a debit card to a bar is like the proverbial knife at a gunfight: a shoot-ready script for getting killed by the bill. Bar = party, but you don’t want to run up debt and… Read More

Was Dairy Queen Hacked?

Was Dairy Queen Hacked?

Was Dairy Queen Hacked?

Even ice cream isn’t safe from hackers. Security watchdog Brian Krebs reported late Tuesday night that venerable summer-fun brand Dairy Queen may have been victimized by credit card thieves using techniques vaguely similar to the criminals who attacked Target stores last year. The news comes just days after the Secret Service issued a bulletin warning… Read More

The Heartbleed Bug Is Still Beating

The Heartbleed Bug Is Still Beating

The Heartbleed Bug Is Still Beating

In the aftermath of the Heartbleed Bug‘s discovery, the security flaw continues to spark security concerns. The Heartbleed Bug was revealed in many of the world’s most popular sites in April, and Internet users were shocked at its scope. From retail sites to social networks, it seemed as though no Internet giant was immune to… Read More

The IRS Phone Call You Can Ignore

The IRS Phone Call You Can Ignore

The IRS Phone Call You Can Ignore

The most recent IRS phone scam is raking in some big numbers: 90,000 complaints to the Treasury Inspector General’s Office and more than $5 million bilked from 1,100 victims. Consumers were first warned of the IRS scam in October, CNN Money said. Unfortunately, the con artists have continued to be wildly successful in cheating taxpayers out… Read More

When Going Out to Eat Gets You Hacked

When Going Out to Eat Gets You Hacked

When Going Out to Eat Gets You Hacked

Going out to eat can have a significant impact on your finances, not only because it can suck the life out of your budget, but also because restaurants are popular data-breach targets. Patrons may have their payment information compromised in a couple of ways: There’s the smash-and-grab style of hackers, who infiltrate point-of-sale systems and… Read More

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