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 an Elderly Heiress Lost Her $300 Million Fortune

How an Elderly Heiress Lost Her $300 Million Fortune

How an Elderly Heiress Lost Her $300 Million Fortune

Bill Dedman is author of the runaway best-selling book, soon to be a movie, Empty Mansions. It tells the story of a secretive heiress named Huguette Clark, and the spending of her enormous fortune during the end of her amazing life. Dedman, a Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative reporter, unravels the tale of her remarkable family, from… Read More

Was the Billion-Dollar Bank Heist Preventable?

Was the Billion-Dollar Bank Heist Preventable?

Was the Billion-Dollar Bank Heist Preventable?

A funny thing happened on the way to the ATM (and depending on who you believe, may still be happening). Scratch that. For the lucky few at the right place at the right time, an awesome thing has been happening: ATMs randomly coughing up cash—and a lot of it.  Like an international lottery, the phenomenon… Read More

My Baby’s Data Was Hacked. What Should I Do Now?

My Baby’s Data Was Hacked. What Should I Do Now?

My Baby’s Data Was Hacked. What Should I Do Now?

My 10-week-old son Ben has the biggest smile, is a champion sleeper and just had his identity stolen by hackers. The recent data breach at Anthem, Inc. was brutal. The company, America’s second largest health insurer, announced that approximately 80 million individuals were hacked. And the stolen personal information is invaluable — names, birthdays, Social… Read More

The Biggest Threat to Your Identity This Time of Year: Loneliness

The Biggest Threat to Your Identity This Time of Year: Loneliness

The Biggest Threat to Your Identity This Time of Year: Loneliness

Valentine’s Day can be a pretty obnoxious holiday, particularly if you’re expecting to spend the 14th all by yourself. The constant reminders that “love is in the air,” coupled with the loneliness you might already be feeling, can make single people vulnerable to all sorts of scams. However you might feel about being alone on… Read More

3 Valentine’s Day Gotchas

3 Valentine’s Day Gotchas

3 Valentine’s Day Gotchas

Neil Young said only love can break your heart. It can break the bank, too, particularly during Valentine’s season, when emotions — and loneliness – can run high. Scammers and companies that turns gotchas into profits know all about your weaknesses. The “loneliness industry” cut its teeth with 1-900 commercials during the 1990s, but now… Read More

Anthem Breach Victims Can Get Free Credit Monitoring This Week

Anthem Breach Victims Can Get Free Credit Monitoring This Week

Anthem Breach Victims Can Get Free Credit Monitoring This Week

Victims of the cyberattack on insurance provider Anthem will be able to enroll in free credit monitoring and identity theft protection starting Friday, Anthem Inc. announced on its website dedicated to updates on the data breach, anthemfacts.com. The company hasn’t yet announced the vendor for these services, but they will be available to customers free… Read More

Who’s to Blame for Identity Theft? Everyone

Who’s to Blame for Identity Theft? Everyone

Who’s to Blame for Identity Theft? Everyone

The other day a reporter asked me who’s to blame for the growing epidemic of identity-related tax fraud. I almost replied, “the government and the bad guys,” but I caught myself before committing to that inaccuracy. “We’re all to blame,” I said. I believe that breaches, and the identity theft that flows from them, have… Read More

Is Your Smart TV Listening to You?

Is Your Smart TV Listening to You?

Is Your Smart TV Listening to You?

Samsung may collect and your device may capture voice commands and associated texts so that we can provide you with Voice Recognition features and evaluate and improve the features. Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a… Read More

You May Need to Take a Quiz to Get Your Tax Refund

You May Need to Take a Quiz to Get Your Tax Refund

You May Need to Take a Quiz to Get Your Tax Refund

State governments around the country are struggling with tax return identity theft, a problem so rampant that even TurboTax had to temporarily suspend electronic state filing. In Ohio, where 58,000 fraudulent tax returns have been intercepted this tax season, state officials have taken the drastic step of requiring some taxpayers to fill out an online quiz… Read More

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