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.

Should I Put My Picture on My Credit Card?

Should I Put My Picture on My Credit Card?

Should I Put My Picture on My Credit Card?

Some consumers like being able to make their credit cards unique, just like their shoes, their smartphone cases and even their cars. But is it a good idea? Is there a downside to putting an image that makes you smile (your toddler) or, better yet, a security advantage in putting your own mug on your own… Read More

Why I Keep a Burner Email Account

Why I Keep a Burner Email Account

Why I Keep a Burner Email Account

When the news hit that Hillary Clinton had a private email account that she used in her duties as Secretary of State, I thought, “Doesn’t everyone?” Maybe that’s my default reaction as a millennial who has picked up and dropped about 10 email addresses over the past decade or so. But it’s also because the… Read More

Should You Freeze Your Credit After a Data Breach?

Should You Freeze Your Credit After a Data Breach?

Should You Freeze Your Credit After a Data Breach?

With the news of different data breaches coming out on practically a weekly basis, consumers have become increasingly sensitive to the threat of identity theft, often asking how they can avoid it. There is no foolproof defense against identity theft, so one of the best things consumers can do is know how to quickly discover… Read More

Should the Secret Service Protect Candidates Online?

Should the Secret Service Protect Candidates Online?

Should the Secret Service Protect Candidates Online?

The Democratic and Republican gristmills got to work last week on Hillary Clinton’s “homebrew” email, and the ensuing firestorm underscored an alarming lack of cyber-savvy among the leading players of the 2016 election. It also raised a serious question: Should the Secret Service protect presidential candidates from cyberattacks? News of Hillary Clinton’s use of a… Read More

University of Chicago Data Breach Exposes Social Security Numbers

University of Chicago Data Breach Exposes Social Security Numbers

University of Chicago Data Breach Exposes Social Security Numbers

In January, hackers gained access to personal information of more than 2,000 current and former employees and students at the University of Chicago Department of Medicine, the university confirmed March 9 in an email statement to Credit.com. The university disclosed the breach to victims in a letter dated Feb. 19, saying the compromised database included… Read More

What’s the Most Dangerous Kind of Identity Theft?

What’s the Most Dangerous Kind of Identity Theft?

What’s the Most Dangerous Kind of Identity Theft?

Like the thieves behind the crime, identity theft can take on many disguises depending on the information stolen. When identity theft goes undetected, these crimes can not only cost victims their money, but also their health and well-being. It’s nearly impossible to avoid identity theft, but awareness and vigilance are key to fixing the problem… Read More

10 Cities Where Identity Theft Is a Huge Problem

10 Cities Where Identity Theft Is a Huge Problem

10 Cities Where Identity Theft Is a Huge Problem

Fraud can happen anywhere, but certain places seem to have it worse than others. The Federal Trade Commission recently published its annual report on consumer complaints, and it includes rankings for cities with the most fraud reports, and in a separate list, the most identity theft reports. Did your hometown make the top 10 list?… Read More

The Solution to Tax ID Theft Is an Unpopular One: Slower Refunds

The Solution to Tax ID Theft Is an Unpopular One: Slower Refunds

The Solution to Tax ID Theft Is an Unpopular One: Slower Refunds

The Government Accountability Office estimates that $5.8 billion was lost to identity thieves filing fraudulent tax returns in 2013 and that there may have been as much as $24.2 billion in thwarted attempts. Tax refund fraud losses are estimated to reach $21 billion by 2016, according to the Treasury Inspector General Tax Administration. While the… Read More

A Fraudster’s Weapon of Choice: Your Phone

A Fraudster’s Weapon of Choice: Your Phone

A Fraudster’s Weapon of Choice: Your Phone

Phones are one of the few things people keep close by at nearly all times, and there are millions of people and companies using that to their advantage, including criminals. Phone calls are increasingly the most common way fraudsters contact potential victims — more than email or other online scams combined — according to a… Read More

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