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6 Tips to Avoid Tax ID Theft Scams
January 29, 2017

Tax season is hard enough all by itself, as each year we gather paperwork, file forms, write checks, and wait for refunds. Few of us look forward to the process. But in recent years, the IRS reports that thousands of people have suffered far more than the usual hassles of the season—losing…

Tax season is hard enough all by itself, as each year we gather paperwork, file forms, write checks, and wait for refunds. Few of us look forward to the process. But in recent years, the IRS reports that thousands of people have suffered far more than the usual hassles of the season—losing…

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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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10 Popular ID Theft Scams from 2016
January 22, 2017

Michael Moore famously said that diets are a scam, and others have said the same of everything from vaccines to Valentine’s Day. But the real scams that took place in 2016 were fraudulent schemes that fooled thousands of people into handing over their hard-earned money to criminals. Some…

Michael Moore famously said that diets are a scam, and others have said the same of everything from vaccines to Valentine’s Day. But the real scams that took place in 2016 were fraudulent schemes that fooled thousands of people into handing over their hard-earned money to criminals. Some…

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A True Story of Identity Theft
January 15, 2017

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 realized something was wrong when I started getting automated…

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 realized something was wrong when I started getting automated…

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How Criminals Create Synthetic Identity Theft
January 05, 2017

Most people believe that identity theft involves theft of your whole identity. A thief comes along and steals your name, date of birth, Social Security number, and other private data, and then uses it to apply for credit cards in your name or commit other forms of fraud. If only it were so simple.…

Most people believe that identity theft involves theft of your whole identity. A thief comes along and steals your name, date of birth, Social Security number, and other private data, and then uses it to apply for credit cards in your name or commit other forms of fraud. If only it were so simple.…

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CSI: Criminal Identity Theft
January 01, 2017

It seems like Americans can’t get enough of crime dramas or reality TV. But if your name popped up on Dateline NBC, wouldn’t it be surreal? Yet stranger things have happened. As ConsumerAction.org noted recently, every day innocent people have their identities stolen and used to commit crimes,…

It seems like Americans can’t get enough of crime dramas or reality TV. But if your name popped up on Dateline NBC, wouldn’t it be surreal? Yet stranger things have happened. As ConsumerAction.org noted recently, every day innocent people have their identities stolen and used to commit crimes,…

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Trusty Tips for a Safer New Year
December 31, 2016

Identity theft and fraud continued to affect tens of millions of individuals throughout the year. Our New Year’s resolution for 2017 is to continue to help you and your family stay safe and secure. We’ve pulled together our top five articles of 2016 to give you all the information you need in…

Identity theft and fraud continued to affect tens of millions of individuals throughout the year. Our New Year’s resolution for 2017 is to continue to help you and your family stay safe and secure. We’ve pulled together our top five articles of 2016 to give you all the information you need in…

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Craigslist Convenience: Online Classified Safety
December 29, 2016

What are you shopping for these days? Need a heater to keep you warm through the winter ahead? Or maybe a winter jacket or snow tires? Today, you don’t have to leave the house to find just about any product or service you can think of—sometimes being sold or offered for free by people who live…

What are you shopping for these days? Need a heater to keep you warm through the winter ahead? Or maybe a winter jacket or snow tires? Today, you don’t have to leave the house to find just about any product or service you can think of—sometimes being sold or offered for free by people who live…

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Identity Catch-22: Children and Credit Reports
November 24, 2016

There are so many rites of passage into adult life: learning to drive, graduating from high school, maybe college, your first job. Then there are the financial rites of passage: setting up your own bank account, renting an apartment, your first credit card. Sadly, identity theft can rob your child…

There are so many rites of passage into adult life: learning to drive, graduating from high school, maybe college, your first job. Then there are the financial rites of passage: setting up your own bank account, renting an apartment, your first credit card. Sadly, identity theft can rob your child…

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Stay Safe when Online Holiday Shopping
November 20, 2016

The holidays are a time for family and friends, ritual and celebration. Unfortunately, they’ve also become a time for cybersecurity attacks that can put a serious crimp in your festive mood. A report by software and solutions provider AppRiver found that there were 944 million quarantined…

The holidays are a time for family and friends, ritual and celebration. Unfortunately, they’ve also become a time for cybersecurity attacks that can put a serious crimp in your festive mood. A report by software and solutions provider AppRiver found that there were 944 million quarantined…

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Real or Fake? How to Choose a Charity
November 17, 2016

The holiday season is upon us, and after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, many people will dig deep for Giving Tuesday, the international day to donate to charities large and small. Big-hearted Americans gave a record-breaking $373 billion to charity in 2015. But as you consider your charitable…

The holiday season is upon us, and after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, many people will dig deep for Giving Tuesday, the international day to donate to charities large and small. Big-hearted Americans gave a record-breaking $373 billion to charity in 2015. But as you consider your charitable…

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Easy Money - Avoid Employment Scams
November 06, 2016

Think that job you see advertised online or in a newspaper seems too good to be true? There is a good chance your hunch is correct. Employment scams are on the rise, making it more important than ever to be able to identify fraudulent job listings. How can you tell if a job posting is fake? One…

Think that job you see advertised online or in a newspaper seems too good to be true? There is a good chance your hunch is correct. Employment scams are on the rise, making it more important than ever to be able to identify fraudulent job listings. How can you tell if a job posting is fake? One…

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Work Ethics: Employment ID Theft
November 03, 2016

Do you ever have that morning when you wish someone else would go to work for you so you could sleep in or hang out? Doesn’t everyone have those mornings? Well, unbeknownst to you, someone could be going to work as you, and it’s not as great as it sounds. In fact, it could be…

Do you ever have that morning when you wish someone else would go to work for you so you could sleep in or hang out? Doesn’t everyone have those mornings? Well, unbeknownst to you, someone could be going to work as you, and it’s not as great as it sounds. In fact, it could be…

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Credit Fraud and Identity Theft: What’s the Difference?
October 27, 2016

Identity theft is like ice cream in that it comes in a variety of flavors—but you’re not likely to enjoy a single one of them. People often think credit fraud and identity theft are the same thing, but in fact credit fraud is just one of the many unpleasant “flavors” of identity theft.…

Identity theft is like ice cream in that it comes in a variety of flavors—but you’re not likely to enjoy a single one of them. People often think credit fraud and identity theft are the same thing, but in fact credit fraud is just one of the many unpleasant “flavors” of identity theft.…

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Credit Report Basics: What You Should Know
October 16, 2016

Like every adult who’s ever had a credit card, you probably know that you have a credit score that businesses can check to see if you’re a good financial risk. If you regularly request your credit report, which you can do for free once a year, you get an A+ for practicing good identity hygiene.…

Like every adult who’s ever had a credit card, you probably know that you have a credit score that businesses can check to see if you’re a good financial risk. If you regularly request your credit report, which you can do for free once a year, you get an A+ for practicing good identity hygiene.…

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Political Hacks: Is Your Vote in Peril?
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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In the News
Is Your Mobile Phone Account Safe?
October 06, 2016

You may have heard that mobile phone theft is on the rise. When you imagine how this could happen to you, do you envision your phone being physically stolen from your car or at a coffee shop? It turns out that’s the least of your worries. Far more profitable to thieves, and potentially damaging…

You may have heard that mobile phone theft is on the rise. When you imagine how this could happen to you, do you envision your phone being physically stolen from your car or at a coffee shop? It turns out that’s the least of your worries. Far more profitable to thieves, and potentially damaging…

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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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Wells Fargo: Crisis of Confidence
September 29, 2016

The Wells Fargo bank investigation has been all over the news. The government’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has fined the bank for setting up around 1.5 million unauthorized bank accounts, taking out 565,000 credit cards in its customers’ names, and charging customers a variety of fees…

The Wells Fargo bank investigation has been all over the news. The government’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has fined the bank for setting up around 1.5 million unauthorized bank accounts, taking out 565,000 credit cards in its customers’ names, and charging customers a variety of fees…

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When Should You Provide Your Social Security Number?
September 22, 2016

These days it seems like everyone wants to know your Social Security number, or SSN. Whether you’re applying for a job, visiting a doctor, enrolling your child in school, visiting the DMV, or applying for a credit card, you’re likely going to be asked to hand over that unique and highly…

These days it seems like everyone wants to know your Social Security number, or SSN. Whether you’re applying for a job, visiting a doctor, enrolling your child in school, visiting the DMV, or applying for a credit card, you’re likely going to be asked to hand over that unique and highly…

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Stay Safe With Workers in Your House
September 18, 2016

Our homes are our sanctuaries, and we tend to think of them as refuges where our friends and family gather. But think back over the past few months: How many other people, people you didn’t know very well, have spent time in your house? If you’ve had any work done on your home—from plumbing…

Our homes are our sanctuaries, and we tend to think of them as refuges where our friends and family gather. But think back over the past few months: How many other people, people you didn’t know very well, have spent time in your house? If you’ve had any work done on your home—from plumbing…

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Defending Your Bucket List
September 04, 2016

What’s your retirement dream? Will you visit every country on your bucket list? Will you learn to paint or bike across America? Volunteer in a community garden, or buy a cabin by a river and go fishing every day? Or maybe you’re already living your retirement dream, and still adding adventures…

What’s your retirement dream? Will you visit every country on your bucket list? Will you learn to paint or bike across America? Volunteer in a community garden, or buy a cabin by a river and go fishing every day? Or maybe you’re already living your retirement dream, and still adding adventures…

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Diagnosis: Fraud
September 01, 2016

Life is full of surprises. Imagine that you’re going through today’s mail or email, and you find an explanation of benefits from your health insurance company saying that your prostate surgery is 100% covered by your insurance. This should be good news, right? Except that you’re a 35-year-old…

Life is full of surprises. Imagine that you’re going through today’s mail or email, and you find an explanation of benefits from your health insurance company saying that your prostate surgery is 100% covered by your insurance. This should be good news, right? Except that you’re a 35-year-old…

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Skimming for Dollars
August 07, 2016

Shopaholics, beware! Shopping is fun, but if your ID is stolen, you can end up buying more than you bargained for. Retail stores are prime locations for identity thieves looking to steal personal information contained on your credit cards. And the card never even needs to leave your hand! In May…

Shopaholics, beware! Shopping is fun, but if your ID is stolen, you can end up buying more than you bargained for. Retail stores are prime locations for identity thieves looking to steal personal information contained on your credit cards. And the card never even needs to leave your hand! In May…

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Fiscal Irresponsibility
August 04, 2016

You’re spending a quiet Saturday at home when you get a call from your credit card company. Have you been buying computer equipment and liquor in Las Vegas? Or have you been on a shopping spree at Chanel and dining out in Paris, France? Well, wouldn’t that be nice – if it had been you.…

You’re spending a quiet Saturday at home when you get a call from your credit card company. Have you been buying computer equipment and liquor in Las Vegas? Or have you been on a shopping spree at Chanel and dining out in Paris, France? Well, wouldn’t that be nice – if it had been you.…

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Planes, Trains, and Passports
July 31, 2016

To the criminal world, a United States passport is a golden ticket. Not only can it be altered to get someone in and out of the country, it can also be used to prove citizenship for a job, to get a driver’s license, to register to vote, and more. According to the U.S. State Department, criminals…

To the criminal world, a United States passport is a golden ticket. Not only can it be altered to get someone in and out of the country, it can also be used to prove citizenship for a job, to get a driver’s license, to register to vote, and more. According to the U.S. State Department, criminals…

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Road Trips to Nowhere
July 28, 2016

True story: Nineteen friends rented the Lake Tahoe chalet of their dreams. For $8,000 a week, they were promised 2-story windows with a view of the lake, a pool, a hot tub, a designer kitchen, roaring fireplaces, and all steps away from the water and the slopes. Best vacation ever . . . except it…

True story: Nineteen friends rented the Lake Tahoe chalet of their dreams. For $8,000 a week, they were promised 2-story windows with a view of the lake, a pool, a hot tub, a designer kitchen, roaring fireplaces, and all steps away from the water and the slopes. Best vacation ever . . . except it…

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Digital Safety for the College-Bound
July 07, 2016

Starting college used to be a kid’s first step into the wide world, but today’s college students have been exposed to the world on the internet from an early age. From their first baby steps on Facebook or Instagram, you’ve warned them about the dangers of talking to strangers online. But the…

Starting college used to be a kid’s first step into the wide world, but today’s college students have been exposed to the world on the internet from an early age. From their first baby steps on Facebook or Instagram, you’ve warned them about the dangers of talking to strangers online. But the…

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Managing Your Online Identity
July 03, 2016

What did we do before Google? In an instant, you can get the stats you need for a work presentation, pull up a quick recipe for dinner, or find movie reviews for your evening out. But if the wrong person does a search on you and finds the wrong stuff online, it can also instantly damage your…

What did we do before Google? In an instant, you can get the stats you need for a work presentation, pull up a quick recipe for dinner, or find movie reviews for your evening out. But if the wrong person does a search on you and finds the wrong stuff online, it can also instantly damage your…

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New Apple Scam: Don’t Bite!
June 26, 2016

If you’re an iPhone user, watch out for the latest identity theft scam. Some iPhone users are getting email messages that pretend to be from Apple, Inc. and claim that their Apple user ID password is about to expire. A link in the email sends them to a supposedly Apple-owned web site that asks…

If you’re an iPhone user, watch out for the latest identity theft scam. Some iPhone users are getting email messages that pretend to be from Apple, Inc. and claim that their Apple user ID password is about to expire. A link in the email sends them to a supposedly Apple-owned web site that asks…

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