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.

What Are the Data Breach Notification Laws in Your State?

What Are the Data Breach Notification Laws in Your State?

What Are the Data Breach Notification Laws in Your State?

As prospects of passing consumer-privacy legislation in Congress remain bleak, state lawmakers are picking up the ball and running with it. At least 32 states have data-breach notification laws on the docket this legislative session, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Most of those bills are tightening and expanding existing laws. “As we’ve seen now… Read More

Help! Someone Took Out a Student Loan in My Name

Help! Someone Took Out a Student Loan in My Name

Help! Someone Took Out a Student Loan in My Name

Some students worry about whether they’ll get the financial aid they need to pay for the next semester of college. Others wonder why there is a record of them taking out student loans when they didn’t apply — and now they can’t get the loans they need. Consider these scary scenarios readers have told us about… Read More

Why 1 in 4 Americans Are Willing to Give Their DNA to a Bank

Why 1 in 4 Americans Are Willing to Give Their DNA to a Bank

Why 1 in 4 Americans Are Willing to Give Their DNA to a Bank

For most Americans, the username-password security feature isn’t good enough anymore. A quarter of consumers said they’d share their DNA with their bank, if it meant greater security for their personal and financial information, according to a survey from Telstra, a telecommunications and information services company in Australia. About two-thirds of Americans surveyed also said they would prefer their… Read More

Listen Up, Government Employees: Here’s What Hackers Can Do With Your Social Security Numbers

Listen Up, Government Employees: Here’s What Hackers Can Do With Your Social Security Numbers

Listen Up, Government Employees: Here’s What Hackers Can Do With Your Social Security Numbers

The largest union for government employees says the massive cyberattack on the government’s Office of Personnel Management was much worse than the Obama administration previously said it was, and every federal employee’s personally identifiable information has been compromised, the Associated Press reports. The OPM data includes information on most civilian federal employees, but not members of Congress… Read More

Legendary Ex-Con Accused of Stealing Former Green Beret’s Identity

Legendary Ex-Con Accused of Stealing Former Green Beret’s Identity

Legendary Ex-Con Accused of Stealing Former Green Beret’s Identity

A decades-long con-artist career could come to an end if William Douglas Street, Jr., is convicted of stealing a Defense Department contractor’s identity, reports the Detroit News. The 64-year-old Detroit native has 25 convictions and 11 prison sentences from 46 years of cons, most famously for impersonating Houston Oilers wide-receiver Jerry LeVias and using the… Read More

The Real Question We Should Be Asking After the Massive Government Hack

The Real Question We Should Be Asking After the Massive Government Hack

The Real Question We Should Be Asking After the Massive Government Hack

True or False? There was no way the Office of Personnel Management could have prevented hackers from stealing the sensitive personal information of 4.1 million federal employees, past and present. If you guessed “False,” you’d be wrong. If you guessed, “True,” you’d also be wrong. The correct response is: “Ask a different question.” Serious data… Read More

Man Accused of Stealing IDs to Buy 14 Cars Worth $500K

Man Accused of Stealing IDs to Buy 14 Cars Worth $500K

Man Accused of Stealing IDs to Buy 14 Cars Worth $500K

A lot of people don’t enjoy the process of buying a new car: You have to figure out your budget, fight temptation to spend more than you planned, negotiate with salespeople, apply for financing — it’s stressful. Of course, if money is no object, or the money isn’t yours, it can be lots of fun… Read More

More Americans Live Under Cloud of ‘Data Uncertainty’

More Americans Live Under Cloud of ‘Data Uncertainty’

More Americans Live Under Cloud of ‘Data Uncertainty’

From government surveillance and behavior-based advertising, to social media and search-engine tracking, there are plenty of ways for Americans to lose their privacy online. With such a long trail of digital crumbs that online users leave behind, are they even worried anymore about losing privacy, or is that par for the course in the digital… Read More

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