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  • Big Apple Store Scam Arrests Bring ID Theft Back to BasicsBlog, Identity Theft

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    I know, the threat of identity theft may still seem abstract to you. What does identity theft really mean, anyway? A big arrest in Manhattan may make the whole concept a bit more literal. The district attorney of Manhattan recently arrested 27 (alleged) balls of slime for taking stolen credit card numbers on a two-year shopping spree at Apple stores across the country. The scam was moderately sophisticated. The crime ring’s founder, Shaheed Bilal, and […]

  • 10 Super Bowl Scams (and How NOT to Get Played)Lifehacking, Blog, Identity Theft

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    This week, tens of thousands of hysterical Steelers and Packers devotees are descending upon Arlington Stadium in Texas — ready to party like it is 1999. They will be joined in restaurants, bars and living rooms around the globe by tens of millions (indeed, hundreds of millions) of fellow football fanatics, as well as those of us who simply like to celebrate everything, including but not limited to, sunrise and sunset, totally revved up for […]

  • 12 Tips for Protecting Your IdentityBlog, Identity Theft

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    Just how many Americans have been victims of identity theft? No one really knows, but rest assured it’s more than a handful. The FTC estimates that more than 9 million Americans become victims of identity theft each year. And according to a Javelin study conducted in 2009, that number jumps to 11.1 million consumers, costing a total of $54 billion in damages. Honestly, I think all of these numbers are low. And regardless of whether […]

  • Mac Attack: Data Breach At McDonald’sData Security, Blog, Identity Theft

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    The list of major American consumer brands that have suffered data breaches this year has grown by one in the last few weeks. But it’s a big one – McDonald’s™. The company was recently victimized by data breaches that left the personal data of its customers exposed to cyber criminals. The fast food giant fumbled a major e-mail campaign last month, leaving a wide-open gap for online scammers to lift key data like names, birthdays, […]

  • ID Theft Watch: One iPhone App Too ManyBlog, Privacy, Identity Theft, Technology

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    My name is Adam and I own an iPhone. In that regard, I’m not alone. I have about 85 million fellow iPhone “friends.” Sure, that’s about 415 million fewer friends than Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder of Facebook. But still, 85 million is no trifling number. Even more telling, The New York Times reports that iPhone users are purported to be more sexually active than Blackberry or Android users. While flattering, I can’t vouch for that […]

  • Rocky Mountain Low: Colorado Court OKs Identity TheftBlog, Identity Theft

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    Study after study shows that identity theft is one of the most devastating crimes an American can experience. That’s particularly true of Social Security theft, a growing threat to U.S. consumers in this, the digital age, where personal information is much as a commodity as ball bearings or Buicks. According to Javelin Strategy & Research’s 2010 Identity Fraud Survey Report, identity breaches are a huge problem in the U.S, with 32 percent of all identity […]

  • Three Strikes, the Identity Thief is OUT!Blog, Identity Theft

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    Accused identity thief Timothy Barnett is making history in a way he never planned. The Los Angeles con man is the first alleged white-collar criminal ever charged under California’s three-strikes law. He faces 23 felonies. If convicted of any of them, he could spend the rest of his life in prison. There are those pundits who say that’s draconian because three-strikes usually is used to punish violent criminals like murderers or bank robbers. But I […]

  • Three Ways to Fight Military Identity TheftBlog, Identity Theft

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    Military identity theft – in which the scum of the earth (read: identity thieves) steal the identities, life savings and futures of our brave soldiers in uniform – has been a big topic recently at IdentityTheft911.com. Since our private information is saved on databases around the globe, and flies nonstop across the Internet, military identity theft can happen anywhere, to any sergeant or general. But some soldiers are especially at risk. We know from the […]

  • Mobile Banking ReduxBlog, Identity Theft, Technology

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    As mentioned previously, I think using a PDA or smartphone to do your personal banking is inherently risky. But if you are compelled to use your Droid/iPhone/BlackBerry as a miniature teller, please take these basic precautions to protect your accounts, your money and your identity: Arrange your phone settings so the screen locks after a short period of inactivity. To wake your phone back up, don’t simply press a button. Secure it with a password, […]

  • Security Risks of Mobile BankingBlog, Privacy, Identity Theft, Technology

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    Hail the Gods of Ever More Convenience, but Alas, Beware the Demons of Ever Less Security So there I was, watching TV the other night and suddenly this provocative bank commercial came on. Imagine that… a provocative TV ad for a financial institution. A man and a woman are giggling and talking excitedly about something they have been waiting to do the entire day. The camera pans slowly, erotically, up the fluffy carpet past a […]

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