About Adam K Levin | Contact | Videos

Identity Theft

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


  • Identity theft

    A Scheme You’ve Never Heard of Might Ruin Your SummerIdentity Theft

    Share

    Legendary Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis said, “Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.” Never were truer words spoken when it comes to protecting your identity. When it comes to synthetic identity theft, you have to be extra vigilant. Synthetic identity theft is committed in a variety of ways, ranging from simple (changing a […]

  • Scam Alert

    Beware These Olympics Scams (Even If You’re Not Going to Rio)Identity Theft

    Share

    With the 2016 Summer Olympics just around the corner, scammers are getting busy with various schemes to dupe fans. Here are some of this year’s Olympics scams to watch out for. Phishing Attacks  It’s the old-school scam in an unfamiliar package, this time masquerading as an email that appears to be the original marketing advertisement of the event in Rio de Janeiro. As tech blog Hackread reports, scammers are registering domains with terms like “Rio” and “rio2016” and also […]

  • moving

    Moving: A Dangerous Time for Your IdentityConsumer Protection, Identity Theft

    Share

    Summertime offers an endless list of ways you can take it easy, unless it’s doesn’t. It’s also moving time. Whether we’re talking about college kids coming home for a few months or simple relocation, there’s nothing relaxing about a move — or simple. Get it wrong, and you become vulnerable to identity theft and other forms of fraud. For most people, moving is sufficiently stressful, without any complications or threats of crime, but what most […]

  • Could Your Campaign Contribution Expose You to Identity Theft?Politics, Identity Theft

    Share

    Over the past few years, we’ve experienced more ginormous data breaches than any of us can, or would even care to, remember. Against this backdrop, reflect upon the fact that political campaigns know as much, if not more, than advertisers about us — what inspires us and what will move us to vote. The Wild West Consider the various kinds of information a campaign crunches to determine who might be persuaded into voting for their […]

  • social media hack

    The LinkedIn Password Breach Is Way Bigger Than We Thought: Here’s What You Need to DoData Security, Identity Theft

    Share

    Quick, what was your LinkedIn password in 2012? OK, now think of every password you use for every service, and make sure that LinkedIn password isn’t reused anywhere. If ever you needed a reminder not to reuse passwords, here it is. We knew that LinkedIn got hacked in 2012, but at the time we thought only 6.5 million passwords were stolen. Now, we’ve learned the real figure was more like 100 million-plus. That means your old […]

  • Social Security Identity Theft

    Oops. I Gave My Social Security Number to a StrangerConsumer Protection, Identity Theft

    Share

    Life can get hectic and, while media attention on big data breaches has certainly put folks on high alert, there are times when you slip and give some of your personal information away. Lots of this info, like your credit card account and health insurance ID, can be changed with relative ease. There are nine little digits you’re stuck with, however, that can cause a whole lot of headaches when they fall into the wrong hands. Those digits, of course, are […]

  • Tax fraud

    Why the IRS Needs to Stop Letting Taxpayers Use Stolen Social Security NumbersPersonal Finance, Identity Theft

    Share

    While you’d never know it if you listen to politicians on the right and left argue, there are some truths out there, things that don’t yield to debate. I’m talking basics, like it’s easier to walk through an open door, and the Internal Revenue Service shouldn’t be in the business of providing open doors to pervasive forms of fraud. Are you rolling your eyes? Well, it’s happening once again at everyone’s favorite punching bag, the […]

  • Why You Need to Check If Your Child Has a Credit Reportcredit, Identity Theft

    Share

    Imagine a 9-year-old swimming in credit card debt. Or a 13-year-old being hounded by bill collectors. Sound ridiculous? Well these are very real scenarios. It turns out adults the only demographic credit fraudsters threaten. Even children are at risk of having their identity stolen. In fact, child identity theft impacts 1 in 40 households with children under the age of 18, according to a 2012 survey by Javelin. Children’s credit reports are especially appealing to credit thieves, because […]

  • Swiped: How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers, Phishers, and Identity Thieves

    Swiped Gets a Top Spot on 800ceoread Best Seller ListIdentity Theft

    Share

    Adam Levin’s book Swiped: How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers, Phishers, and Identity Thieves was #4 on 800ceoread’s March 2016 Business Book Bestsellers. To find out more about Swiped, click here.

  • Your Identity Portfolio Can Make or Break YouData Security, Identity Theft

    Share

    No matter how good or lucky the investor, no one beats the market 100% of the time—unless, of course, you are Bobby Axelrod. There is, however, an investment portfolio that is somewhat more predictable. It works along similar lines, but it is possible to exercise significantly more control over it than equities. I’m talking about your identity portfolio. I’ve written elsewhere about your credit portfolio, which can be a wealth-builder or a weapon of individual […]

LOAD MORE ARTICLES