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Home Insecurity: Protect Yourself Against Mortgage Closing Fraud
April 16, 2018

​Buying property is always stressful, but imagine if you found the perfect home, made it to closing, and wired a large chunk of your life savings only to find that they had disappeared forever into the pocket of a thief. That’s what happened to…

​Buying property is always stressful, but imagine if you found the perfect home, made it to closing, and wired a large chunk of your life savings only to find that they had disappeared forever into the pocket of a thief. That’s what happened to…

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Teaching Kids to Download (or Not Download) Safely
April 02, 2018

Several months ago, researchers discovered dozens of malware-infected game apps on the Google Play store. The games were targeted at children, and the malware in them displayed advertisements for porn and tried to trick the users into installing…

Several months ago, researchers discovered dozens of malware-infected game apps on the Google Play store. The games were targeted at children, and the malware in them displayed advertisements for porn and tried to trick the users into installing…

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Protecting Your Identity During a Break Up
March 26, 2018

​In recent articles, we’ve talked about familiar fraud and the risks of identity theft after a separation or divorce. However, you don’t need to have tied the knot to be at risk. Romantic partners can also steal your identity when a…

​In recent articles, we’ve talked about familiar fraud and the risks of identity theft after a separation or divorce. However, you don’t need to have tied the knot to be at risk. Romantic partners can also steal your identity when a…

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Don’t Let Natural Disasters Become an Identity Theft Catastrophe
March 12, 2018

​No matter where you live, disaster can strike anytime, whether it’s a major storm, fire, or flood, or a calamity such as a house fire or broken pipes that force you out of your home for a time. When you’re dealing with an emergency, the last…

​No matter where you live, disaster can strike anytime, whether it’s a major storm, fire, or flood, or a calamity such as a house fire or broken pipes that force you out of your home for a time. When you’re dealing with an emergency, the last…

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Mobile Safety Overview
February 23, 2018

​It’s safe to assume that smart devices are here to stay. Many of us rely on them to manage our calendars, our banking, read the news, and they’re a great way to keep in touch with friends and family. ​While mobile phones and devices have…

​It’s safe to assume that smart devices are here to stay. Many of us rely on them to manage our calendars, our banking, read the news, and they’re a great way to keep in touch with friends and family. ​While mobile phones and devices have…

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Preventing Student Loan Fraud
February 12, 2018

​In today’s economy, a college degree can be a ticket to a better financial future. Over 70% of college students rely on financial aid, but some find their financial futures already in trouble when they are refused a student loan because of…

​In today’s economy, a college degree can be a ticket to a better financial future. Over 70% of college students rely on financial aid, but some find their financial futures already in trouble when they are refused a student loan because of…

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I’m a Tax Fraud Victim. What Now?
January 29, 2018

Tax-related identity fraud is increasing. We know this firsthand because every year, from February through late April, the MyIDCare identity recovery team is deluged with calls from members dealing with tax refund scams. In other articles, we’ve…

Tax-related identity fraud is increasing. We know this firsthand because every year, from February through late April, the MyIDCare identity recovery team is deluged with calls from members dealing with tax refund scams. In other articles, we’ve…

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2018: The Future of ID Theft
January 01, 2018

It’s the time of year for reflection. As MyIDCare is in the business of protecting your identity, we are reviewing the state of personal privacy and looking to what lies before us in 2018. As we outlined in our last article, 2017 was a banner year…

It’s the time of year for reflection. As MyIDCare is in the business of protecting your identity, we are reviewing the state of personal privacy and looking to what lies before us in 2018. As we outlined in our last article, 2017 was a banner year…

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Securing Your Holiday Mail
December 04, 2017

In recent years, holiday shoppers have been moving away from the old “Black Friday” retailer dash towards the convenience of online shopping, called “Cyber Monday.” Amid looming year-end project deadlines, inclement weather, and travel and…

In recent years, holiday shoppers have been moving away from the old “Black Friday” retailer dash towards the convenience of online shopping, called “Cyber Monday.” Amid looming year-end project deadlines, inclement weather, and travel and…

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iPhone X: Full Frontal
November 17, 2017

By now, whether you’re an Apple fan or not, you’ve probably seen their slick ads touting the new iPhoneX and its Face ID feature. Why use the old pin code or password method, when you can simply look at your phone and have it unlock? If you’ve…

By now, whether you’re an Apple fan or not, you’ve probably seen their slick ads touting the new iPhoneX and its Face ID feature. Why use the old pin code or password method, when you can simply look at your phone and have it unlock? If you’ve…

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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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