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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 profit. ​Imagine that a data breach has occurred. You don’t…

​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 profit. ​Imagine that a data breach has occurred. You don’t…

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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 at how identity theft happens. ​ Criminal Intent …

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 at how identity theft happens. ​ Criminal Intent …

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Profile of an Identity Thief 1
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 eventually experience or know someone who has…

​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 eventually experience or know someone who has…

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Latest Scams
What Is Card Skimming?
April 09, 2017

Credit and debit cards are so convenient, and many of them offer perks like cash back or merchandise credit, so it can be tempting to use them everywhere. Unfortunately, thieves also love to cash in on your card numbers, and they can often steal them in plain sight, sometimes without the card even…

Credit and debit cards are so convenient, and many of them offer perks like cash back or merchandise credit, so it can be tempting to use them everywhere. Unfortunately, thieves also love to cash in on your card numbers, and they can often steal them in plain sight, sometimes without the card even…

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Helpful Tips
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August 25, 2016

According to Statista.com, there are about 2 billion social media users worldwide, a group bigger than any city in the world. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, LinkedIn, Vine, Pinterest, and more—we can’t resist the urge to share. But think if you lived in a giant city, would you call…

According to Statista.com, there are about 2 billion social media users worldwide, a group bigger than any city in the world. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, LinkedIn, Vine, Pinterest, and more—we can’t resist the urge to share. But think if you lived in a giant city, would you call…

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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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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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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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