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.

How Your Netflix Obsession Could Get You Scammed

How Your Netflix Obsession Could Get You Scammed

How Your Netflix Obsession Could Get You Scammed

A new scam targeting Netflix users is being reported by a cyber-security company that says the scammers are trying to get credit card and other personal information. FireEye Labs first reported the phishing scam earlier this week, saying customers should be wary of any emails asking them to update their Netflix member information. Netflix had not... Read More

Could What Your Amazon Alexa Overhears Be Used Against You?

Could What Your Amazon Alexa Overhears Be Used Against You?

Could What Your Amazon Alexa Overhears Be Used Against You?

Have you seen the Geico ad with the talking parrot? A 19th-century ship is boarded, the captain surrounded by pirates. The leader shouts, “Let’s feed him to the sharks,” (pirate cheers and swords held high) “and take all his gold” (more cheers). The parrot repeats these lines, and adds, “and hide it from the crew.... Read More

How to Scam-Proof Your Taxes

How to Scam-Proof Your Taxes

How to Scam-Proof Your Taxes

Happy New Year, it’s tax fraud season again! This may not be what you want to hear this week, but it is entirely possible the Internal Revenue Service already has your tax return for 2016. If this is news to you, and it turns out to be true in your case, you’ve been scammed. As... Read More

5 Ways to Scam-Proof Your Charitable Giving

5 Ways to Scam-Proof Your Charitable Giving

5 Ways to Scam-Proof Your Charitable Giving

The holiday season is a time for giving, but it is also a time to get ready to pay your taxes, and for those who are fortunate enough to have more than they need, it is time for some end-of-year charitable giving. Even if you don’t have a big surplus budget, you may want to... Read More

3 Things to Consider After the Latest Yahoo Breach

3 Things to Consider After the Latest Yahoo Breach

3 Things to Consider After the Latest Yahoo Breach

No payment card or banking information was compromised in the latest 1 billion-user breach at Yahoo, according to expert reports. But what if there had been? The truth is that for most users it would be annoying, but not the end of the world. So, why is this big news? First of all, Yahoo can... Read More

The Surefire Trick to Avoiding Holiday Phishing Scams

The Surefire Trick to Avoiding Holiday Phishing Scams

The Surefire Trick to Avoiding Holiday Phishing Scams

Every year I dedicate a column to the scams of the holiday season, and every year the roundup gets bounced around the internet — all too often among friends who’ve been scammed. (For a rundown of what’s out there, check out last year’s post.) So what’s new this year? Unfortunately, not very much. There’s the... Read More

Are Those Online Political Petitions Safe?

Are Those Online Political Petitions Safe?

Are Those Online Political Petitions Safe?

Unless you live on a desert island with a volleyball named Wilson, you’ve probably seen more than a few political petitions in the wake of the 2016 election. The issues are as various as the people circulating them, which is why I began to wonder: Are they safe? The answer: Yes and no. It doesn’t... Read More

How to Avoid Cyber Monday Traps

How to Avoid Cyber Monday Traps

How to Avoid Cyber Monday Traps

This Black Friday, millions of shoppers will once again make the final seconds of a close football game look like a store window filled with clumsy puppies. And when they don’t find what they’re looking for, they’ll go online where, in addition to great deals, a cornucopia of scams await. The migration from brick-and-mortar retailers... Read More

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