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.

Oops. I Gave My Social Security Number to a Stranger

Oops. I Gave My Social Security Number to a Stranger

Oops. I Gave My Social Security Number to a Stranger

Life can get hectic and, while media attention on big data breaches has certainly put folks on high alert, there are times when you slip and give some of your personal information away. Lots of this info, like your credit card account and health insurance ID, can be changed with relative ease. There are nine little digits you’re stuck with,... Read More

Nearly All Data Breaches Happen in Minutes, Report Finds

Nearly All Data Breaches Happen in Minutes, Report Finds

Nearly All Data Breaches Happen in Minutes, Report Finds

Most data breaches happen fast — in a matter of minutes, according to a new Verizon report — but the impact on you and your credit report could make for a very long lasting financial headache. Cybercriminals institute data breaches to steal your Social Security number, credit card number, bank account information and many other forms of... Read More

Ransomware Is a Real Threat (Even to You, Apple Users)

Ransomware Is a Real Threat (Even to You, Apple Users)

Ransomware Is a Real Threat (Even to You, Apple Users)

Maybe the thought actually occurred to you that something was “phishy” about that link, but that’s so 30 seconds ago. You clicked and now your computer screen is locked. Behind that frozen screen lie your personal files — everything from photos to tax documents — all of it encrypted by a third party that promises... Read More

Why You Need to Check If Your Child Has a Credit Report

Why You Need to Check If Your Child Has a Credit Report

Why You Need to Check If Your Child Has a Credit Report

Imagine a 9-year-old swimming in credit card debt. Or a 13-year-old being hounded by bill collectors. Sound ridiculous? Well these are very real scenarios. It turns out adults aren’t the only demographic credit fraudsters target. Even children are at risk of having their identity stolen. In fact, child identity theft impacts 1 in 40 households with children... Read More

429 Million Identities Were Stolen in Data Breaches Last Year

429 Million Identities Were Stolen in Data Breaches Last Year

429 Million Identities Were Stolen in Data Breaches Last Year

Data breaches and other security crimes surged ahead in 2015, a new study found. A total of 429 million identities were stolen last year as a result of data breaches, according to Symantec. The security software company’s latest Internet Security Threat Report, released on April 12, notes that is a 23% increase from the prior... Read More

There’s a New iPhone Text Scam Making the Rounds

There’s a New iPhone Text Scam Making the Rounds

There’s a New iPhone Text Scam Making the Rounds

Smartphone owners, particularly iPhone users, are the target of another new scam. And if you have an iPhone, you may have been duped without even knowing it. This phishing scam is in the form of a text message that says your Apple ID or iCloud account needs to be updated or else it will be terminated... Read More

The Real Tax Nightmare May Still Be on the Way

The Real Tax Nightmare May Still Be on the Way

The Real Tax Nightmare May Still Be on the Way

Tax Day has come and gone. You pulled together the myriad facts and figures that determine what you owe, or the size of your refund. And now you’re waiting for your checks to arrive — or, if you are the nervous, slightly paranoid, type like me, you may be worried about an audit or some... Read More

The Demon Spawn Malware Targeting Your Bank Account

The Demon Spawn Malware Targeting Your Bank Account

The Demon Spawn Malware Targeting Your Bank Account

The internet is a strange and dangerous place, especially when it comes to your personal information. With all the hackers and scammers out there, protecting your information in cyberspace is much more of a challenge these days than simply demonstrating common sense. And you can’t just rely on your bank’s internet security measures anymore. Cyber-thieves... Read More

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