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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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ID Intensive: Pain Relief for Identity Theft
January 19, 2018

Taylor* is a MyIDCare member in California. He says he “didn’t think too much about it” when he received a letter from a healthcare provider saying his personal information had been part of a data breach. But the letter offered MyIDCare…

Taylor* is a MyIDCare member in California. He says he “didn’t think too much about it” when he received a letter from a healthcare provider saying his personal information had been part of a data breach. But the letter offered MyIDCare…

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ID Intensive: Recovering an Identity and Precious Time
January 12, 2018

​Alan* is a MyIDCare member in southern California. A few times in the past, he’d gotten letters saying his personal information might have been exposed in a data breach, but this time it was the real thing. A credit card showed up in the mail…

​Alan* is a MyIDCare member in southern California. A few times in the past, he’d gotten letters saying his personal information might have been exposed in a data breach, but this time it was the real thing. A credit card showed up in the mail…

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Dollars for Data: How Criminals Make Money with Your Identity
January 12, 2018

​In previous articles, we’ve explored who commits identity theft, how your data gets stolen, and the definitions of different types of identity theft. Now we’ll look at how your personal data is turned into a tool for crime and…

​In previous articles, we’ve explored who commits identity theft, how your data gets stolen, and the definitions of different types of identity theft. Now we’ll look at how your personal data is turned into a tool for crime and…

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ID Intensive: Presumed Guilty, Proven Innocent
January 05, 2018

​Nicole* is a MyIDCare member in Oregon. Identity theft halfway across the country put her own living situation in jeopardy. When she found her way to MyIDCare, she finally found someone who was on her side. This is her story. “I first…

​Nicole* is a MyIDCare member in Oregon. Identity theft halfway across the country put her own living situation in jeopardy. When she found her way to MyIDCare, she finally found someone who was on her side. This is her story. “I first…

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Ugly to the Bone: The Anatomy of Identity Theft
December 29, 2017

In previous articles, we explored who identity thieves are and what ID theft is and isn’t. Your personal identifying Information (PII) or personal health information (PHI) can be stolen in a variety of ways, so in this article we’ll look…

In previous articles, we explored who identity thieves are and what ID theft is and isn’t. Your personal identifying Information (PII) or personal health information (PHI) can be stolen in a variety of ways, so in this article we’ll look…

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ID Confidential: John I. - MyIDCare Specialist, Woodworker, Dad
December 27, 2017

ID Confidential is a series of articles introducing you to the real human beings on your MyIDCare team. John I. has been helping people for years, in non-profit organizations and in technical support jobs, so becoming a member of the MyIDCare team…

ID Confidential is a series of articles introducing you to the real human beings on your MyIDCare team. John I. has been helping people for years, in non-profit organizations and in technical support jobs, so becoming a member of the MyIDCare team…

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Profile of an Identity Thief
December 08, 2017

​With all the data breaches like Equifax in the news these days, the thought of identity theft protection is as top of mind to most people as dreaming of winning the lottery. Sadly, unlike winning the lottery, virtually every American is likely to…

​With all the data breaches like Equifax in the news these days, the thought of identity theft protection is as top of mind to most people as dreaming of winning the lottery. Sadly, unlike winning the lottery, virtually every American is likely to…

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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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