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Protect yourself from fraud and identity theft with the latest news, articles, and editorials from Adam K Levin.


  • Holiday scam

    You Have Just 100 Days to Plan for Holiday ScamsConsumer Protection, Identity Theft

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    Whether you are hoping we can “Make America Great Again,” working tirelessly for those who say that we are “Stronger Together,” or simply trying to make it through another day, it is highly likely that Christmas is the furthest thing from your thoughts right now. But with only 54 days ‘till Election Day, I can already tell you what’s going to happen, and it’s not going to be pretty. I’m not talking about the continuing […]

  • cyber sharks

    Why College Freshmen Are Chum for the Cyber SharksColumn, Identity Theft

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    Identity theft and countless other scams are often among the first life lessons learned by newly minted college students. As summer draws to a close, members of the Class of 2020 face an unimaginable number of potential pitfalls. Be prepared to meet the specific challenges ahead. Most incoming college students will at some point find themselves feeling overwhelmed by their newfound freedom. With the exception of sleep away camp, it will be longest stretch of […]

  • puppy scam

    Look! An Adorable Puppy … Nope. Scam.Consumer Protection, Identity Theft

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    A California woman recently almost fell victim to a nasty scam on eBay when she was looking for an Old English Sheepdog puppy. Chalk it up to the dog days of summer, or just to really awful people who are willing to break hearts and ruin lives for a quick buck. Amy Green of Carlsbad reportedly told the San Diego Union-Tribune she was looking at classifieds on the online marketplace when she came across a post […]

  • shred credit card

    Do I Need to Shred My Old Credit Cards?Personal Finance, Identity Theft

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    Chances are you’re probably already shredding documents like your bank and credit card statements before discarding them. You might even be taking the extra step of shredding things like credit card applications and other pieces of mail you receive since they contain personal information, such as your address. But are you shredding old credit cards when you get a replacement card? If you aren’t, you probably should. “With the proliferation of data breaches, phishing scams and ID theft, […]

  • lyrics

    How Your Favorite Song Lyrics Can Protect Your IdentityIdentity Theft

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    What if someone told you that you could use some of the words from your all-time favorite song as your password? Not only that, but that it could actually be as effective as some difficult-to-remember imbroglio like Ge0rg34m@gr!|| — you know, something like what your IT department sends you as a start-up password. Would you doalittledancemakealittlelovegetdowntonight? If your answer is yes, yes, you would do a little dance … and get down tonight, good news! […]

  • Zika scam

    As If the Zika Virus Wasn’t Bad Enough, Now There Are Alleged Zika ScamsPersonal Finance, Identity Theft

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    Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control issued a travel warning, urging pregnant women and their partners not to travel to a small community north of downtown Miami, where the Zika Virus is spreading. But while health officials work to contain the outbreak, a group of alleged scammers appear to have cropped up to prey on people’s fears. On Wednesday, the New York Attorney General issued cease-and-desist letters to seven companies marketing products that claim to protect […]

  • Texting

    4 Things You Should Never Text or EmailIdentity Theft, Technology

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    Most of us in our “instant gratification isn’t enough” society assume that the potential fallout from transmitting sensitive information via text, fax or email is outweighed by the convenience of getting something where it needs to be fast. After all, becoming the victim of an identity-related crime isn’t the end of the world, right? Define “End of the World” While it’s not technically the end of the world, you may find yourself wishing for it. […]

  • Phishing

    5 Recent Phishing Lures that Could Snag YouConsumer Protection, Identity Theft

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    A recent study found that 70% of teens text and drive, largely due to FOMO (fear of missing out). These kids are ripe for phishing. But so are many of us. The distractions of life are a phishing campaign’s stock in trade. And while getting got by cybercrime will never be entirely avoidable, knowledge is your best protection. While it goes without saying that texting and driving is illegal, and inter-galactically stupid, it also makes […]

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    ID Scams Target Parents Just Trying to Protect Their KidsIdentity Theft

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    Ask a parent how far they’d go to protect their child, and their answer would probably be along the lines of, “I’d do anything.” That’s a powerful statement — and it’s also a dangerous one. Sometimes, parents’ efforts to keep their kids safe can actually put their children at risk. The Identity Theft Resource Center and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children recently issued a warning on this topic, telling parents to watch […]

  • How to Protect Your Identity While You’re Out of TownIdentity Theft

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    hile it’s important to do everything you can to protect yourself from identity-related crime when you’re traveling, it’s equally important to do everything you can to protect your home and the breadcrumbs of your identity that you leave behind. Every possible kind of identity-related crime exists in a dormant state in your home. In more forms and places and files than you can possibly remember, sensitive personal information stays behind, and only you can protect […]

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