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.

Your Webcam Could Be Spying on You… & You Can Stop It

Your Webcam Could Be Spying on You… & You Can Stop It

Your Webcam Could Be Spying on You… & You Can Stop It

If the past year has taught consumers anything, it’s that identity thieves, fraudsters and scammers are on the prowl, going after any information they can use to make a buck. But the intrusions don’t stop there. If the thought of being the unwitting star of your own prime time reality show gives you the willies,… Read More

Privacy Fight Looms Over Verizon, AT&T Cellphone Tracking

Privacy Fight Looms Over Verizon, AT&T Cellphone Tracking

Privacy Fight Looms Over Verizon, AT&T Cellphone Tracking

Recent news that Verizon has been quietly helping advertisers track its wireless customers via unique identifiers, and AT&T’s professed plans to do the same, raise troubling privacy issues for consumers. The moves signal the latest efforts by U.S. wireless carriers to monetize customer data by selling it to marketers for targeted mobile ad delivery purposes. With over… Read More

Nicki Minaj’s Social Security Number Exposed

Nicki Minaj’s Social Security Number Exposed

Nicki Minaj’s Social Security Number Exposed

As people with little privacy, celebrities are at high risk for becoming victims of identity theft. That is, they’re already at risk without having their Social Security numbers shared with the world, so if that happens, they’re practically certain to see problems with their credit. Rapper Nicki Minaj learned this firsthand recently, when a media… Read More

1 Social Security Number, 2 Women & a Credit Score Nightmare

1 Social Security Number, 2 Women & a Credit Score Nightmare

1 Social Security Number, 2 Women & a Credit Score Nightmare

If you find information on your credit report that doesn’t belong to you, one of two things happened: Either someone stole your identity, or there’s an error in the credit reporting system. You definitely don’t want the problem to be identity theft, but fixing credit report errors can also be a complicated, frustrating endeavor. Lisa… Read More

The 12 Scams of Christmas

The 12 Scams of Christmas

The 12 Scams of Christmas

Perhaps you’ve noticed: There are scams all over the Internet, run by ill-intentioned people hoping you’re careless or gullible enough to fall into their traps. They want your name, your email address, your passwords and, most of all, your money. Yeah, you get it — people have been warning you about scams for years. You… Read More

BlackEnergy: The Scariest Malware in America?

BlackEnergy: The Scariest Malware in America?

BlackEnergy: The Scariest Malware in America?

Malicious software that researchers think has been used by hackers to attack critical infrastructure systems, such as trains and power plants in Ukraine and Poland, has been found in similar American systems, the U.S. government says. And while there is no sign hackers have used the software — called BlackEnergy — to wreak havoc by… Read More

Thieves Spent $10K Within Minutes of Stealing a Wallet

Thieves Spent $10K Within Minutes of Stealing a Wallet

Thieves Spent $10K Within Minutes of Stealing a Wallet

How quickly can you spend $10,000? For alleged wallet thieves in California, it took only a few minutes. Their victim learned that the hard way. Minutes after Deborah Leon’s wallet disappeared while she was in a busy restaurant, someone got $10,000 of gift cards at three Apple stores, CBS San Francisco reports. Thieves like to buy… Read More

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