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The Risks of DIY Identity Recovery
July 17, 2018

​Bad things happen. It’s a fact of life, and when problems arise, we have to decide whether to handle them ourselves or get help. For example, if your house were on fire, you’d definitely dial 911, but you probably wouldn’t hire a lawyer to…

​Bad things happen. It’s a fact of life, and when problems arise, we have to decide whether to handle them ourselves or get help. For example, if your house were on fire, you’d definitely dial 911, but you probably wouldn’t hire a lawyer to…

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Protecting Kids from Cyberbullying
June 25, 2018

​Remember the old saying, “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me”? Unfortunately, it’s not true. Words can hurt and put kids at risk of anxiety, depression, other stress-related disorders, and even suicide. Add in…

​Remember the old saying, “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me”? Unfortunately, it’s not true. Words can hurt and put kids at risk of anxiety, depression, other stress-related disorders, and even suicide. Add in…

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Protecting Seniors from Familiar Fraud
May 04, 2018

​A decade ago, familiar fraud made the headlines when New York heiress Brooke Astor was conned out of millions of dollars by her son and his lawyer, who even forged her signature on a new will. While the Astors’ story reads like a movie plot,…

​A decade ago, familiar fraud made the headlines when New York heiress Brooke Astor was conned out of millions of dollars by her son and his lawyer, who even forged her signature on a new will. While the Astors’ story reads like a movie plot,…

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Freedom and Responsibility: Mobile Device Safety for Kids
April 20, 2018

​Mobile devices have become an everyday part of family life: 77 percent of teens and 56 percent of kids 8 through 11 now own cell phones. While smartphones are great for coordinating after school pick-ups, chatting, gaming with friends, or even…

​Mobile devices have become an everyday part of family life: 77 percent of teens and 56 percent of kids 8 through 11 now own cell phones. While smartphones are great for coordinating after school pick-ups, chatting, gaming with friends, or even…

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Protecting Children from Familiar Fraud
April 13, 2018

​Familiar fraud, identity theft by someone who knows the victim, is despicable. Familiar fraud against children is even worse, and it’s all too common. A Carnegie Mellon study found that of 40,000 children in their survey population, more than…

​Familiar fraud, identity theft by someone who knows the victim, is despicable. Familiar fraud against children is even worse, and it’s all too common. A Carnegie Mellon study found that of 40,000 children in their survey population, more than…

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How to Help Kids Surf the Internet Safely
March 05, 2018

​This generation is a digital one: a recent Nielsen study shows that over 75% of kids are on a mobile plan by the time they’re 12 years old, and most of those plans include text messaging and data. Another study found that kids under 9 are…

​This generation is a digital one: a recent Nielsen study shows that over 75% of kids are on a mobile plan by the time they’re 12 years old, and most of those plans include text messaging and data. Another study found that kids under 9 are…

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Protecting Your Identity in a Divorce
February 26, 2018

​Most of us know some who’s gone through an ugly separation or nasty divorce, so you may have heard about a form of familiar fraud called “revenge spending.” It’s not uncommon during a breakup for one partner to go on a spending spree,…

​Most of us know some who’s gone through an ugly separation or nasty divorce, so you may have heard about a form of familiar fraud called “revenge spending.” It’s not uncommon during a breakup for one partner to go on a spending spree,…

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MyIDCare’s Tax Season Overview
January 31, 2018

​From waiting for tax forms, gathering documentation, and making sure you don’t miss important deadlines, filing taxes can be a stressful experience for many. As if that wasn’t enough, the massive data breaches of 2017 mean that cyber…

​From waiting for tax forms, gathering documentation, and making sure you don’t miss important deadlines, filing taxes can be a stressful experience for many. As if that wasn’t enough, the massive data breaches of 2017 mean that cyber…

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All in the Family: Dealing with Familiar Fraud
January 26, 2018

In previous blogs, we’ve looked at many faces of identity theft and how it happens. But what if the face of identity theft is someone you know? Unfortunately, “familiar fraud,” identity theft committed by a someone known to the victim, is all…

In previous blogs, we’ve looked at many faces of identity theft and how it happens. But what if the face of identity theft is someone you know? Unfortunately, “familiar fraud,” identity theft committed by a someone known to the victim, is all…

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The Other Types of Identity Theft
January 19, 2018

If you regularly check your credit reports and financial statements for signs of unauthorized activity, keep up the good work! You are being vigilant and protecting yourself against the most common type of identity theft: financial identity fraud.…

If you regularly check your credit reports and financial statements for signs of unauthorized activity, keep up the good work! You are being vigilant and protecting yourself against the most common type of identity theft: financial identity fraud.…

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How is MyIDCare credit monitoring different from what my credit card already does?

What your credit card provider can’t identify is actual identity theft, in which a criminal would use your personal information to open new accounts in your name. Credit monitoring detects changes to your credit file, such as address changes, name changes or new accounts. Identity thieves go to great lengths to cover their tracks so they can use a stolen identity for as long as possible before detection. For instance, opening accounts in your name and social security number but at a new address helps to avoid discovery. This is where credit monitoring can help detect fraud in a way your credit card provider cannot.

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