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.

Last-Minute Tax Filers: Beware of This Obamacare Scam

Last-Minute Tax Filers: Beware of This Obamacare Scam

Last-Minute Tax Filers: Beware of This Obamacare Scam

For all stripe of rip-off artist, tax season might as well be called open season. Scams are legion, and navigating a solution after the fact can be somewhere between maddening and negotiating an Iran deal that everyone likes. Last month the IRS issued a warning that received scant attention from the media, but nonetheless could… Read More

How to Compare Free Credit Monitoring Offers

How to Compare Free Credit Monitoring Offers

How to Compare Free Credit Monitoring Offers

Given the frequency and scale of cyberattacks affecting U.S. companies, it’s likely your information has been or will be caught up in a data breach. And as we’ve seen in the past, companies that have experienced breaches usually offer their customers some sort of free credit monitoring or identity theft protection plan to help deal… Read More

3 Ways to Protect Your Social Security Number From ID Theft

3 Ways to Protect Your Social Security Number From ID Theft

3 Ways to Protect Your Social Security Number From ID Theft

Of all the types of personal information that could put you at risk for identity theft when in the wrong hands, your Social Security number is the most vulnerable. As the most common way the government, doctor’s offices and creditors can identity you, your Social Security number is necessary to apply for new credit and other benefits…. Read More

What Is Credit Monitoring, Really?

What Is Credit Monitoring, Really?

What Is Credit Monitoring, Really?

Millions of Americans have received free access to credit monitoring products — it’s pretty much a standard “we’re sorry” gesture from any company or organization that loses customer data after a cyberattack. While companies are handing out credit monitoring like it’s candy at a parade, consumers often don’t understand what they’re getting and that different… Read More

9 Plead Guilty to $20M Scheme to Defraud Soldiers

9 Plead Guilty to $20M Scheme to Defraud Soldiers

9 Plead Guilty to $20M Scheme to Defraud Soldiers

Eight Alabama residents and one Georgia resident pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme in which they stole thousands of identities to file more than 7,000 false tax returns, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Middle District of Alabama. Over the course of nearly three years, the group defrauded the government of approximately… Read More

It Took Just One Email to Compromise the Leaders of the Free World

It Took Just One Email to Compromise the Leaders of the Free World

It Took Just One Email to Compromise the Leaders of the Free World

Whether an autofill mishap or a “What in the name of God were you thinking?” move, somebody’s shrimp is on the barbie at Australia’s immigration department after an officer there emailed President Obama’s passport number and other personal information to an organizer at the Asian Cup football tournament. And before you think otherwise: Yeah, it… Read More

The ‘Free’ Federal Grant Scam Is Back

The ‘Free’ Federal Grant Scam Is Back

The ‘Free’ Federal Grant Scam Is Back

The Better Business Bureau has posted a warning to consumers about a free-grant scam that could cost victims the contents of their entire bank accounts. It starts with a message — phone, email, social media, anything — saying the government is offering free grant money, and your application is guaranteed to be accepted. They’re pitching… Read More

Alleged Identity Theft Victim Stranded in Mexico

Alleged Identity Theft Victim Stranded in Mexico

Alleged Identity Theft Victim Stranded in Mexico

An American who travels frequently to Mexico has been stuck there since the beginning of March because someone reportedly stole his identity, the man’s lawyer said. Carlos Montoya lives in Los Angeles but went to Mexico for epilepsy treatment, his lawyer said in a March 23 news conference. When border agents took Montoya’s fingerprints as… Read More

Would You Ditch Your Health Care Provider If They Lost Your Data?

Would You Ditch Your Health Care Provider If They Lost Your Data?

Would You Ditch Your Health Care Provider If They Lost Your Data?

Consumers don’t have a lot of patience for data breaches. If a cyberattack compromises their information, consumers want the affected company to notify them quickly and protect them from fraud. Though even if that happens, it may not be reassuring enough for someone who feels their privacy has been violated. A new survey from TransUnion… Read More

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