Identity thieves don’t want you to read this article. They’ve made an entire industry out of living off of other peoples’ good names. And when you know their typical tricks, stealing your identity is much harder. Unfortunately, not enough people know what puts their identities at risk for theft. And that has helped keep identity theft... Read More
The digitalization of information and the popularity of social media may put consumer privacy at risk more now than ever. Some social media users, teenagers especially, may be unaware that the information they share — from their location to their paycheck — could be used for identity theft and fraud. About 92% of teenagers post their real... Read More
The digitization of information and the popularity of social media may be putting consumer privacy at risk now more than ever. Some social media users, teenagers especially, may be unaware that the information they share — from their location to their paycheck — could be used for identity theft and fraud. About 92% of teenagers post... Read More
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
When a widespread data breach happens, children are often the most at risk for identity theft. Their clean credit histories make them targets for identity thieves to steal information and open new lines of credit. After the Anthem data breach, millions of children in the U.S. had their personal information exposed, making them vulnerable to... Read More
Tax season often takes on a different meaning for identity thieves as they hope to score easy money by victimizing taxpayers and stealing personal information. Recently, the IRS released its “dirty dozen” list of tax scams for this year’s tax season, serving as a warning for consumers before they lose their money — or even worse... Read More
It’s your worst fear come true: You receive a data breach notification letter or spot suspicious activity on your bank statement indicating someone has stolen your personal information. While no one wants to learn they have become an identity theft victim, it’s important to protect your personal and financial accounts after discovering someone else used your... Read More
Time to start studying up on student loan fraud. This fairly new form of identity theft is on the rise, and it costs a pretty penny, according to a federal report: about $874 million, with the government losing about $187 million. With deadlines for federal student aid right around the corner, IDentity Theft 911 rounded up... Read More
While there is no shortage of scams, some deserve special recognition for being especially sneaky.This year — just in time for National Consumer Protection Week — we’d like to spotlight scams that really stood out for the heights of trickery that identity thieves scale to con their victims. “We reviewed more than a dozen popular scams... Read More
When ordinary people become victims of identity theft, the legal repercussions can be enormous. To make matters worse, some victims not only have to deal with financial fraud but also face the risk of being jailed for crimes they didn’t commit. Identity thieves may perpetrate crimes while masking their true identities with the names of... Read More
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