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.

Flight MH17 Victims Targeted By Scammers

Flight MH17 Victims Targeted By Scammers

Flight MH17 Victims Targeted By Scammers

Amid reports of looters raiding the crash site of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight in eastern Ukraine, the Dutch Banking Association announced it is taking steps to prevent misuse of the passengers’ credit and debit cards. Of the 298 people who died in the crash, 193 were Dutch. The site of the crash has apparently… Read More

Is Free Wi-Fi Dangerous?

Is Free Wi-Fi Dangerous?

Is Free Wi-Fi Dangerous?

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey last month approved a plan to offer free Wi-Fi in New York City area airports this fall. At the moment, travelers can access the Internet for $4.95 an hour, $7.95 for 24 hours or $9.95 a month for access at Boingo Wireless hotspots across the globe,… Read More

Drivers Beware of This E-ZPass Scam

Drivers Beware of This E-ZPass Scam

Drivers Beware of This E-ZPass Scam

As if driving on toll roads wasn’t already an annoying experience, drivers now have to watch out for a scam targeting E-ZPass users. The Metropolitan Transit Authority of New York (MTA) issued a warning to toll-road travelers to watch out for an E-ZPass phishing scam that popped up recently: It’s an email to consumers saying… Read More

5 Ways Your Data Isn’t as Safe as You Think It Is

5 Ways Your Data Isn’t as Safe as You Think It Is

5 Ways Your Data Isn’t as Safe as You Think It Is

There is a great deal of false information out there about data breaches, and yet it is imperative that a company knows as much as possible about this important liability. Here are five common myths about data breaches that could put a business, and its customers’ data, at risk: 1. Small Businesses Aren’t in Danger… Read More

Mickey Mouse: Identity Theft Victim

Mickey Mouse: Identity Theft Victim

Mickey Mouse: Identity Theft Victim

America’s most beloved mouse has been the victim of an alleged identity theft ring recently busted in Washington state. Police in Bellevue, Wash., found a fake ID bearing Mickey Mouse’s picture and “personal information” when they recovered dozens of fake IDs, 67 fraudulent credit cards, seven fake Social Security cards and hundreds of forged checks at… Read More

How Businesses Can Get Serious About Privacy & Security

How Businesses Can Get Serious About Privacy & Security

How Businesses Can Get Serious About Privacy & Security

In May 2014, Gregg Steinhafel, Target’s President, CEO and Chairman of the Board, resigned following a 2013 data breach that resulted in the theft of 110 million credit and debit card transaction records. Seventy million of those records contained customers’ addresses and telephone numbers – putting those affected at risk of identity theft. Experts have… Read More

How to Fraud-Proof Your House

How to Fraud-Proof Your House

How to Fraud-Proof Your House

Summer is here. There will be barbecues. Sand will find its way into the strangest places. Your family, extended family, kids’ friends and friends of friends—even complete strangers—will sail in and out of your home. But that’s OK, because you’ve fraud-proofed your house…right? Identity theft is a truly democratic crime: Anyone can do it, anyone… Read More

Candidate Allegedly Bounced Checks to Pay for Campaign Materials

Candidate Allegedly Bounced Checks to Pay for Campaign Materials

Candidate Allegedly Bounced Checks to Pay for Campaign Materials

A Tennessee man has suspended his campaign for the state House of Representatives after being indicted for fraud and identity theft. Kristopher Gore, a Democratic candidate for Tennessee’s 43rd District, is accused of writing bad checks to pay for campaign materials. A graphic designer from a McMinnville sign shop says Gore owes thousands of dollars… Read More

5 Things Identity Thieves Want You to Do

5 Things Identity Thieves Want You to Do

5 Things Identity Thieves Want You to Do

Keeping your identity safe online and elsewhere is paramount in today’s highly digitized world. If you allow hackers to access information about you, it could result in a wiped-out bank account or a hacked email address, which will lead to major frustrations. As Chairman and Co-Founder of Credit.com and IDT911 Adam Levin believes, escaping identity thieves… Read More

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