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  • 16 States With a Huge Identity Theft ProblemIdentity Theft

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    Identity theft is a big problem, and it’s a growing one. The Consumer Sentinel Network (a database used by the Federal Trade Commission and a variety of agencies) received nearly 500,000 complaints about identity theft in 2015. Complaints increased about 47% from 2014 and about 69% from 2013, making it the second most common source of consumer complaints, after debt collection. Of course, the number of complaints about identity theft only gives a partial picture […]

  • The Swiped Guide to Identity Theft

    INFOGRAPHIC: The Swiped Guide to Identity TheftInfographic, Identity Theft

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    Identity Theft takes on many shapes and forms – here are three ways to “get got,” courtesy of Swiped by Adam Levin.

  • Scam Alert

    Tax Email Scams Are Up 400%Identity Theft, Technology

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    Filers beware: There’s a good chance there’s a tax scam email in your inbox. According to the Internal Revenue Service, there’s been an approximate 400% surge in phishing and malware incidents so far this tax season. In other words, plenty of thieves are currently sending out texts and emails under the guise of the IRS or other tax industry players this year. These messages are an attempt to steal personal information or data related to your tax refunds, filing status, transcripts […]

  • Identity theft

    5 Ways Identity Theft Totally Screws Up Your LifeIdentity Theft

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    Identity theft is on the rise in the United States — at least reports of identity theft are way up — and oftentimes, people don’t realize they’re victims until a thief has already made a mess of things. Some of those messes are more challenging to clean up than others. It sometimes takes years to repair the damage done by identity thieves, and unfortunately, it’s very difficult to prevent it from happening in the first […]

  • Beware: Scammers Love Valentine’s Day, TooConsumer Protection, Identity Theft

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    Valentine’s Day can certainly be stressful. Whether you’re at a loss for what to buy your love or you’re the lamenting the lack of one, you also have to watch out for scammers this time of year. “Scammers play on emotion … and romance is certainly a strong emotion,” the Better Business Bureau said in a recent scam alert. “Any time people are vulnerable, scammers will find opportunity.” Here are a few ways to avoid […]

  • Credit Card

    Are Chip Cards Exposing You to a Deeper Form of Identity Theft?credit, Identity Theft

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    U.S. consumers have finally been liberated from archaic technology that used to protect them and their credit cards from identity theft. Millions of Americans now have chip-enabled credit cards, and the results of this sweeping change are in. An estimated 13 million consumers fell victim to identity theft fraud in 2015, according to Javelin Strategy and Research’s latest annual Identity Fraud Study. That represents a small (3%) increase over the firm’s 2014 findings, but a more […]

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    Identity Theft Complaints Are Up 47% in Just One YearIdentity Theft

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    Reports of identity theft shot up in 2015, largely driven by an increase in tax- and wage-related fraud, according to the Federal Trade Commission. People made 490,220 identity theft complaints to the FTC in 2015, up from 332,647 (a 47% increase) in 2014 and 290,102 in 2013. From 2014 to 2015, there were 51% more complaints related to tax and wage identity theft, which isn’t all that surprising. All thieves need is a Social Security number […]

  • Hacker

    Forget Credit Cards — Hackers Want Your Uber AccountData Security, Identity Theft, Technology

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    Your Uber account is about 17 times more valuable to a hacker than your credit card credentials, according to a report security company Trend Micro compiled for CNBC. They found that stolen Uber credentials sell for an average of $3.78 per account on underground online marketplaces, while bundles of credit card data are sold for 22 cents, at most. Lots of accounts are more valuable than credit card info. PayPal accounts with a guaranteed balance […]

  • Filing taxes

    Why You Should Be Careful Who You Pick to Do Your TaxesFinancial Literacy, Personal Finance, Identity Theft

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    When you decide to work with a professional tax preparer, you’re trusting that person with your most sensitive personal information. As a quick Internet search for “tax preparer fraud” shows, those people abuse that information from time to time. For example, at the very end of 2015, a former tax preparer in Arkansas pleaded guilty to charges associated with a tax fraud and identity theft scheme that involved filing false tax returns using stolen names, […]

  • Beware This Year’s Scams of ChristmasColumn, Blog, Identity Theft

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    While the concept “forewarned is forearmed” is true for every day of the year, it’s particularly true during the holidays. December is the time when most of us focus less on our day jobs and more on family, friends, gift giving and celebration. The holidays are a cause for celebration by scammers, phishers and identity thieves for a very different reason. Because we are their day jobs, our joyful distraction provides them bountiful opportunities to […]

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