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.

Is Your Gym Exposing More Than Your Abs?

Is Your Gym Exposing More Than Your Abs?

Is Your Gym Exposing More Than Your Abs?

When Apple announced a serious hardware flaw last week, and the critical security patch that addressed it, my first thought was perhaps arbitrary: “That exploit would work at the gym.” My next thought: what else would? The discovery of a zero-day exploit affecting hardware—specifically a WiFi chip embedded in the main processors of Apple devices—was... Read More

Can Your Adopted Pet Expose You to Fraud?

Can Your Adopted Pet Expose You to Fraud?

Can Your Adopted Pet Expose You to Fraud?

Pet ownership has definite upsides. You get companionship and exercise and the satisfaction of doing a good deed. Plus, people who own pets live longer. Unfortunately, pet ownership can also make you a target for phishers, scammers and identity thieves. The Vector du Jour With 65% of U.S. households including pets (and an estimated $60... Read More

The Common Scams People Still Fall for All the Time

The Common Scams People Still Fall for All the Time

The Common Scams People Still Fall for All the Time

The top site for classified ads in the U.K. conducted a study recently that should send a wave or two to this side of the Atlantic. When it comes to scams, it’s all about the bait. Gumtree found that even with the forethought that a listing was a scam, more than a third of their... Read More

14 Ways to Prevent Fraud on Your Debit & Credit Cards

14 Ways to Prevent Fraud on Your Debit & Credit Cards

14 Ways to Prevent Fraud on Your Debit & Credit Cards

Every time there’s a large credit card breach, you’ll hear some expert say risks for consumers are low, because it’s easy to cancel a credit or debit card and get a new one. Not so fast. If fraud appears on your bill, but you don’t notice it, you’ll pay for it. More important, changing account... Read More

How to Avoid the Latest Airbnb Scam

How to Avoid the Latest Airbnb Scam

How to Avoid the Latest Airbnb Scam

A friend of mine showed up last night at a place we sometimes meet. He looked like Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale after lobbing a game-ending home run to Aaron Judge of the Yankees. He was supposed to have been on a plane to Italy. I asked him what happened. “We were all set to head... Read More

Here’s How to Make Sure You Don’t Fall for the Latest Tax Scam

Here’s How to Make Sure You Don’t Fall for the Latest Tax Scam

Here’s How to Make Sure You Don’t Fall for the Latest Tax Scam

True or False: The time for IRS-related swindles and scams is behind us — until next tax season. If you’re still reading this, you probably guessed “false.” And yep, it’s sad but true: Those pesky swindlers are still at it. Normally, when summer arrives with its parade of warm days and fewer demands on our... Read More

5 Scary Wedding Scams to Avoid This Season

5 Scary Wedding Scams to Avoid This Season

5 Scary Wedding Scams to Avoid This Season

Weddings require many important decisions and the wrong call can mean the difference between an unforgettable wonderful day and a day that makes you angry every time you think about it. The often unreasonably high expectations of families and friends and at least one spouse-to-be only makes matters more fraught. With such a high level... Read More

Now’s the Time to Talk Online Security With Your Children

Now’s the Time to Talk Online Security With Your Children

Now’s the Time to Talk Online Security With Your Children

Summer’s here and the time is right for getting hacked or worse, having the contents of your computer held hostage by ransomware. For a couple of carefree and extreme data-consuming months, kids everywhere will be doing whatever they want online even if you’ve tried to control them. In other words, be very afraid. Only you... Read More

How the Superhero Approach Can Help You Avoid Identity Theft

How the Superhero Approach Can Help You Avoid Identity Theft

How the Superhero Approach Can Help You Avoid Identity Theft

A recent Experian study found that most people still have a lot to learn about the risk of identity theft. The majority of those surveyed felt like they were safe from identity theft, but not for the right reasons. The most popular misconception was that scammers, phishers and identity thieves only target the rich and... Read More

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