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UnDead Credit Cards
October 30, 2017

​With data breaches in the news almost every week, you may be feeling like your personal information isn’t safe anywhere. It’s true that the more places your information exists, the greater your risk of identity theft, which is why we recommend getting rid of information “zombies” such as…

​With data breaches in the news almost every week, you may be feeling like your personal information isn’t safe anywhere. It’s true that the more places your information exists, the greater your risk of identity theft, which is why we recommend getting rid of information “zombies” such as…

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The 4% Solution: Credit Freezes Offer Incomplete Protection Against Identity Theft
October 15, 2017

Since the Equifax data breach exposed the personal information of over 145 million Americans (plus a few thousand Canadians and Brits), people who had never heard of a credit freeze before have taken this step to protect their identities. The good news is that a credit freeze can protect you not…

Since the Equifax data breach exposed the personal information of over 145 million Americans (plus a few thousand Canadians and Brits), people who had never heard of a credit freeze before have taken this step to protect their identities. The good news is that a credit freeze can protect you not…

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Latest Scams
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October 15, 2017

Job hunting is now a digital process, and like anything digital, it’s become a target for hackers and scammers. Because the millennial generation is now the largest part of the workforce, they have become the prime targets of these criminals, so here’s what millennials (and any other job…

Job hunting is now a digital process, and like anything digital, it’s become a target for hackers and scammers. Because the millennial generation is now the largest part of the workforce, they have become the prime targets of these criminals, so here’s what millennials (and any other job…

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In the News
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October 01, 2017

Most of us breathe a sigh of relief when tax season is over. Unfortunately, the end of tax season no longer means an end to tax worries because identity thieves are working on tax fraud schemes year-round. According to the IRS, taxpayers need to be on constant guard against tax-related identity…

Most of us breathe a sigh of relief when tax season is over. Unfortunately, the end of tax season no longer means an end to tax worries because identity thieves are working on tax fraud schemes year-round. According to the IRS, taxpayers need to be on constant guard against tax-related identity…

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September 21, 2017

A guest post by Eva Velasquez, CEO, Identity Theft Resource Center The US patent for the telephone just celebrated its 141st birthday, but the device most people know of today looks nothing like its famous ancestor. Phones have evolved to include first a dial, then a keypad, then a keyboard, and…

A guest post by Eva Velasquez, CEO, Identity Theft Resource Center The US patent for the telephone just celebrated its 141st birthday, but the device most people know of today looks nothing like its famous ancestor. Phones have evolved to include first a dial, then a keypad, then a keyboard, and…

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Latest Scams
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September 07, 2017

A guest post by Eva Velasquez, CEO, Identity Theft Resource Center There’s nothing in the world quite like the love of a grandparent…and scammers are counting on that. There have been so many reports in recent years that one particularly horrific scam has its own term: the grandparent…

A guest post by Eva Velasquez, CEO, Identity Theft Resource Center There’s nothing in the world quite like the love of a grandparent…and scammers are counting on that. There have been so many reports in recent years that one particularly horrific scam has its own term: the grandparent…

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In the News
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August 24, 2017

Imagine this spy thriller: operatives of a hostile nation hack vacuum cleaners to spy on the highest levels of U.S. government. It sounds silly but vacuum-cleaner espionage made headlines recently when the CEO of iRobot, maker of the Roomba vacuum cleaner, suggested that the company would sell…

Imagine this spy thriller: operatives of a hostile nation hack vacuum cleaners to spy on the highest levels of U.S. government. It sounds silly but vacuum-cleaner espionage made headlines recently when the CEO of iRobot, maker of the Roomba vacuum cleaner, suggested that the company would sell…

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Alternative Facts Can Cause Real Trouble
August 20, 2017

Lately it seems like half the news is about “fake news”. Whether you’re outraged or amused by the flood of misinformation, it’s important to be able to sort fact from fiction because some of the “alternative facts” out there are intended to help scammers take advantage of you. Online…

Lately it seems like half the news is about “fake news”. Whether you’re outraged or amused by the flood of misinformation, it’s important to be able to sort fact from fiction because some of the “alternative facts” out there are intended to help scammers take advantage of you. Online…

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Latest Scams
Real Estate Scams: Buying a House
June 11, 2017

Buying a home is a stressful experience! It’s the largest purchase that most of us will ever make, usually with a huge chunk of our life savings on the line. If you’re shopping in a “hot” market, the additional pressure of making quick decisions adds not just a layer of stress, but the…

Buying a home is a stressful experience! It’s the largest purchase that most of us will ever make, usually with a huge chunk of our life savings on the line. If you’re shopping in a “hot” market, the additional pressure of making quick decisions adds not just a layer of stress, but the…

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May 04, 2017

Imagine this: You apply for a car loan and are refused, even though you pay every bill on time and have no debt. Next, you’re deluged with calls from collection agencies for companies you’ve never heard of. Then you get a summons to appear in court for a traffic accident you were never involved…

Imagine this: You apply for a car loan and are refused, even though you pay every bill on time and have no debt. Next, you’re deluged with calls from collection agencies for companies you’ve never heard of. Then you get a summons to appear in court for a traffic accident you were never involved…

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Latest Scams
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April 19, 2017

A guest post by Eva Velasquez, CEO, Identity Theft Resource Center The IRS will begin using four private debt collection firms to recover unpaid taxes, but only after multiple written communications over the course of several years. For years, industry experts have warned the public about the…

A guest post by Eva Velasquez, CEO, Identity Theft Resource Center The IRS will begin using four private debt collection firms to recover unpaid taxes, but only after multiple written communications over the course of several years. For years, industry experts have warned the public about the…

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Did You Know?
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April 06, 2017

In October 2016, a massive cyber attack took down popular websites such as Netflix, Twitter, and Spotify. “Denial of service” attacks against websites have become pretty commonplace, but this one was different. Instead of using standard computers to generate the massive traffic needed to take…

In October 2016, a massive cyber attack took down popular websites such as Netflix, Twitter, and Spotify. “Denial of service” attacks against websites have become pretty commonplace, but this one was different. Instead of using standard computers to generate the massive traffic needed to take…

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Latest Scams
How to Avoid Ticket Scams
February 26, 2017

Let’s imagine you wanted to be there in person to watch Serena Williams play in the semifinals of this year’s U.S. Open Tennis Championship. Which of these two options would you have chosen? Would you have used the official U.S. Open website to purchase a ticket for as little as $80? Or, would…

Let’s imagine you wanted to be there in person to watch Serena Williams play in the semifinals of this year’s U.S. Open Tennis Championship. Which of these two options would you have chosen? Would you have used the official U.S. Open website to purchase a ticket for as little as $80? Or, would…

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In the News
Watch for Credit Card Scams at Checkout
February 19, 2017

You’ve probably heard of the 2013 uber-breach at Target in which criminals gained access to about 40 million customer credit cards. That’s just the best known of numerous data breaches that “target” point-of-sale, or POS, systems. Criminals can steal physical credit cards or hack into…

You’ve probably heard of the 2013 uber-breach at Target in which criminals gained access to about 40 million customer credit cards. That’s just the best known of numerous data breaches that “target” point-of-sale, or POS, systems. Criminals can steal physical credit cards or hack into…

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Latest Scams
Online Advertising Just Got Dangerous
February 14, 2017

Online ads can tell you about products you might be interested in, alert you to breaking news, remind you of items you’ve left in your shopping cart … and infect your computer with malicious software, or malware, that can be used to steal your personal and financial data. The latter, darker…

Online ads can tell you about products you might be interested in, alert you to breaking news, remind you of items you’ve left in your shopping cart … and infect your computer with malicious software, or malware, that can be used to steal your personal and financial data. The latter, darker…

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Are You Being Tracked by Ads?
February 07, 2017

Have you noticed that certain ads follow you around the internet and pop up on nearly every website that you visit? Advertisers are watching your behavior and paying for those ads to follow you around. It’s great for retailers because they can spend their advertising dollars reaching the people…

Have you noticed that certain ads follow you around the internet and pop up on nearly every website that you visit? Advertisers are watching your behavior and paying for those ads to follow you around. It’s great for retailers because they can spend their advertising dollars reaching the people…

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Latest Scams
Spot Impostor Email Scams—at Work and Home
February 02, 2017

According to the Radicati Group, each day people around the world exchange about 205 billion emails. Although many people read and respond to dozens of personal emails, the majority of total email traffic comes from the business world, where workers send and receive a daily average of more than 130…

According to the Radicati Group, each day people around the world exchange about 205 billion emails. Although many people read and respond to dozens of personal emails, the majority of total email traffic comes from the business world, where workers send and receive a daily average of more than 130…

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Latest Scams
Identity Theft Scam Predictions: 2017 Edition
January 26, 2017

Every new year brings with it new hope, new plans … and new identity theft scams, as unfortunately some criminals are resolved to make life miserable for the rest of us. The list that follows includes some trending scams that you’ll likely hear more about in 2017, as well as some old…

Every new year brings with it new hope, new plans … and new identity theft scams, as unfortunately some criminals are resolved to make life miserable for the rest of us. The list that follows includes some trending scams that you’ll likely hear more about in 2017, as well as some old…

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What’s Your Digital Footprint?
January 19, 2017

Have you ever googled yourself? That is, have you ever gone to google.com or another search engine like bing.com and typed in your own name? No, it’s not just a habit for narcissists—it’s one way to discover at least some of what cyber criminals, potential employers, advertisers, and others…

Have you ever googled yourself? That is, have you ever gone to google.com or another search engine like bing.com and typed in your own name? No, it’s not just a habit for narcissists—it’s one way to discover at least some of what cyber criminals, potential employers, advertisers, and others…

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October 30, 2016

Don’t look now, but you may be surrounded by zombies. Not in the real world, but out on the internet where you may have a pack of old social media and other accounts waiting to eat your identity or cause you other problems. The good news is that these zombies are pretty easy to kill if you know…

Don’t look now, but you may be surrounded by zombies. Not in the real world, but out on the internet where you may have a pack of old social media and other accounts waiting to eat your identity or cause you other problems. The good news is that these zombies are pretty easy to kill if you know…

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October 23, 2016

You can find almost anything on the internet, whether you’re doing serious research or settling an argument about song lyrics or old movies. But while you’re surfing for information, other people are probably gathering information on you, courtesy of your browsers. Some of that information can…

You can find almost anything on the internet, whether you’re doing serious research or settling an argument about song lyrics or old movies. But while you’re surfing for information, other people are probably gathering information on you, courtesy of your browsers. Some of that information can…

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In the News
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October 13, 2016

As Americans, voting is one of the most private and personal acts of our adult lives. But foreign hackers have recently attacked voter databases in Illinois and Arizona, raising concern that our votes could be stolen. Could it really happen, and is there anything you can do to protect your…

As Americans, voting is one of the most private and personal acts of our adult lives. But foreign hackers have recently attacked voter databases in Illinois and Arizona, raising concern that our votes could be stolen. Could it really happen, and is there anything you can do to protect your…

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Latest Scams
Is Identity Theft Taking the Fun Out of Fantasy Football?
October 10, 2016

For years we’ve had to worry about identity theft when shopping online, filling out job applications, and recycling our mail. But now criminals have even invaded that most American of pastimes: football. Or at least fantasy football. An American Express study found that a whopping 74.7 million…

For years we’ve had to worry about identity theft when shopping online, filling out job applications, and recycling our mail. But now criminals have even invaded that most American of pastimes: football. Or at least fantasy football. An American Express study found that a whopping 74.7 million…

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In the News
Arrrr! Prepare Not to be Boarded
October 02, 2016

How are you with multiple-choice questions? Well, here’s one for you: You’re working away on your laptop when it stops responding to the keyboard, then the screen fills with a skull-and-crossbones image made of dollar signs. Do you: Say “Look, it’s an ad for that new Pirates of the…

How are you with multiple-choice questions? Well, here’s one for you: You’re working away on your laptop when it stops responding to the keyboard, then the screen fills with a skull-and-crossbones image made of dollar signs. Do you: Say “Look, it’s an ad for that new Pirates of the…

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In the News
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August 21, 2016

You’ve seen them: the ads with sensational headlines about celebrity breakups, or before and after photos of the latest and greatest diet. Well, those are what the online advertising industry calls “clickbait,” provocative or sensational content used to motivate users to click on a link. At…

You’ve seen them: the ads with sensational headlines about celebrity breakups, or before and after photos of the latest and greatest diet. Well, those are what the online advertising industry calls “clickbait,” provocative or sensational content used to motivate users to click on a link. At…

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Become a Cyber Sleuth
August 14, 2016

Every time you check your email your inbox is just waiting to become a crime scene. Cyber criminals may be lurking there, hoping to steal your passwords, your personal and financial information, or to take control of your computer or files. Their “phishing” scams use different kinds of bait to…

Every time you check your email your inbox is just waiting to become a crime scene. Cyber criminals may be lurking there, hoping to steal your passwords, your personal and financial information, or to take control of your computer or files. Their “phishing” scams use different kinds of bait to…

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Latest Scams
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July 21, 2016

In previous blogs, we’ve told you about the ransomware scourge that’s sweeping the Internet and given some suggestions about when to pay or not pay. You might think that once you make the pay decision, life would be simple again. The problem is that you can’t just give the ransomers your…

In previous blogs, we’ve told you about the ransomware scourge that’s sweeping the Internet and given some suggestions about when to pay or not pay. You might think that once you make the pay decision, life would be simple again. The problem is that you can’t just give the ransomers your…

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Latest Scams
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July 17, 2016

If you’ve been following our blog series on ransomware, you know that cyber extortionists are running rampant on the Internet. You know that you can avoid having your computer or files hijacked by ransomware by following some basic safety practices, and you know the trade-offs in paying or not…

If you’ve been following our blog series on ransomware, you know that cyber extortionists are running rampant on the Internet. You know that you can avoid having your computer or files hijacked by ransomware by following some basic safety practices, and you know the trade-offs in paying or not…

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July 14, 2016

Hamlet famously agonized whether “To be, or not to be.” In a recent blog, we talked about the epidemic of ransomware, malware that locks up your computer or data until you pay. While having your computer or files locked up doesn’t pose the same existential dilemma as Shakespearean-style…

Hamlet famously agonized whether “To be, or not to be.” In a recent blog, we talked about the epidemic of ransomware, malware that locks up your computer or data until you pay. While having your computer or files locked up doesn’t pose the same existential dilemma as Shakespearean-style…

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July 10, 2016

College students have to study hard, so they deserve some down-time to chill with movies or music. And since paying college tuition is enough of a burden, most parents aren’t inclined to pay for a separate Netflix, Hulu, or music streaming account for their college-bound offspring. But before you…

College students have to study hard, so they deserve some down-time to chill with movies or music. And since paying college tuition is enough of a burden, most parents aren’t inclined to pay for a separate Netflix, Hulu, or music streaming account for their college-bound offspring. But before you…

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