Instagram is a convenient and fun site for sharing your videos and photos with friends, family and colleagues. But the service, which by default allows anyone to view your profile, can leave you open to identity thieves if you don’t take steps to protect yourself. You can protect your privacy and personally identifiable information (PII)... Read More
If you’re on Facebook, you probably love the convenience of connecting with friends and relatives. But did you know that identity thieves also love the convenience of Facebook for finding personally identifiable information (PII) about you? Fortunately, you can control who can find and contact you and see your posts on Facebook. That’s why it’s... Read More
Think identity theft mostly happens to older people? Or to higher income earners? Or college students? The truth is that identity thieves focus their efforts wherever the opportunities are, and there are plenty of opportunities across all age groups. What Personal Factors Do Identity Thieves Focus On? At first glance, age could be considered an afterthought... Read More
For the 14th consecutive year, identity theft is the nation’s biggest headache for consumers, topping the annual rankings of filed complaints to the Federal Trade Commission. Of more than 2 million reports filed with the federal watchdog last year, 290,056 were related to identity theft. That’s about 14%, but remember: Many never report identity theft... Read More
The mercury is dropping around the country, but scammers are turning up the heat with a tried-and-true cold weather scam: the Shutoff Swindle. Bad guys pose as utility workers and threaten to shut off your service claiming unpaid bills. Their goal: To get your personally identifiable information to commit identity theft. They’ll encourage you to... Read More
Cupid has some competition this Valentine’s Day: Scammers are taking aim at your heart and pocketbook with scams that can lead to identity theft and more. Beware of these five sweetheart swindles and follow our expert tips to protect yourself: 1. Infected E-cards Online greeting cards are an easy way for scammers to infect your... Read More
Identity theft, which hits more than 12 million Americans per year — carries a per victim cost of nearly $5,000, according to some reports. So, the need to protect yourself is obvious. And protection doesn’t have to be costly in terms of money or time. Here are 10 quick, easy and free ways to reduce... Read More
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