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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 too common. According to the Identity Theft…

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 too common. According to the Identity Theft…

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How to Spot the Signs of Identity Theft
January 22, 2018

​Since last year’s Equifax data breach, Americans have become more aware of identity theft, and that’s a good thing since the chances of becoming a victim are now almost 1 in 20. But how do you know if your identity has been stolen? Here are some warning signs and what to do if you spot…

​Since last year’s Equifax data breach, Americans have become more aware of identity theft, and that’s a good thing since the chances of becoming a victim are now almost 1 in 20. But how do you know if your identity has been stolen? Here are some warning signs and what to do if you spot…

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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. However, there are many other kinds of identity…

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. However, there are many other kinds of identity…

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Into the Breach: Your Identity After Equifax
January 02, 2018

The Equifax data breach disclosed in September 2017 exposed the data of over 145 million Americans—almost 60% of the adults in the United States. Considering that 2 in 3 American adults has had their personal information stolen, every single one of us is, or knows someone who has, been affected…

The Equifax data breach disclosed in September 2017 exposed the data of over 145 million Americans—almost 60% of the adults in the United States. Considering that 2 in 3 American adults has had their personal information stolen, every single one of us is, or knows someone who has, been affected…

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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 was a natural step for him. In his spare time,…

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 was a natural step for him. In his spare time,…

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2017 was a Great Year . . . For Identity Thieves
December 22, 2017

Every year has its ups and downs, and 2017 has been no exception. For example, it’s been a good year for the stock market and a bad year for hurricanes. But for identity thieves, this has been the best year ever, and that’s bad news for the rest of us. ​ According to the Stealthbits…

Every year has its ups and downs, and 2017 has been no exception. For example, it’s been a good year for the stock market and a bad year for hurricanes. But for identity thieves, this has been the best year ever, and that’s bad news for the rest of us. ​ According to the Stealthbits…

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What’s in a Name? When to Worry About Identity Theft
December 18, 2017

Sadly, identity theft has become a fact of daily life. Every time we turn on the news, we hear about breached companies, “compromised” records, and stolen personal information. But what does that all mean? What is identity theft and how do you know if, or when, it’s happening to you? ​ If…

Sadly, identity theft has become a fact of daily life. Every time we turn on the news, we hear about breached companies, “compromised” records, and stolen personal information. But what does that all mean? What is identity theft and how do you know if, or when, it’s happening to you? ​ If…

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Identity Theft Insurance: What Does It Really Get You?
July 20, 2017

If you read the headlines, you probably know that identity theft reached an all-time high in 2016, and perhaps you’ve considered getting some kind of identity protection coverage. You’ve probably also seen those ads boasting that one company is so confident they can protect your identity that…

If you read the headlines, you probably know that identity theft reached an all-time high in 2016, and perhaps you’ve considered getting some kind of identity protection coverage. You’ve probably also seen those ads boasting that one company is so confident they can protect your identity that…

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Is Credit Card Protection Enough Identity Protection?
July 16, 2017

If you’ve ever had a credit card number stolen, you know that credit card companies will promptly and politely cancel your card along with any fraudulent charges. The process is pretty simple. All you have to do is report the bogus charges, and they’ll fix it. There’s just the slight…

If you’ve ever had a credit card number stolen, you know that credit card companies will promptly and politely cancel your card along with any fraudulent charges. The process is pretty simple. All you have to do is report the bogus charges, and they’ll fix it. There’s just the slight…

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Identity Theft Protection: The Importance of Recovery Services
July 13, 2017

In a recent article, we talked about identity protection plans and the difference between identity monitoring and identity recovery services. In a nutshell, by the time monitoring shows a problem with your identity, the damage has been done, and that’s when having top tier recovery services can…

In a recent article, we talked about identity protection plans and the difference between identity monitoring and identity recovery services. In a nutshell, by the time monitoring shows a problem with your identity, the damage has been done, and that’s when having top tier recovery services can…

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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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Breach Protection Services: What are the differences?
June 08, 2017

If you’re one of the millions of Americans whose personal information has been part of a data breach over the past few years, you’ve probably received a letter, notifying you of the breach and offering some kind of identity protection free of charge. If you are offered free identity…

If you’re one of the millions of Americans whose personal information has been part of a data breach over the past few years, you’ve probably received a letter, notifying you of the breach and offering some kind of identity protection free of charge. If you are offered free identity…

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How to Opt Out of People Search Sites
May 07, 2017

Let’s say you want to find out what an old friend is up to. If you search her name online, you’ll likely come across numerous so-called “people search sites” like Spokeo and PeopleFinder. As we’ve discussed before, these sites feature a shocking amount of personal information. In fact,…

Let’s say you want to find out what an old friend is up to. If you search her name online, you’ll likely come across numerous so-called “people search sites” like Spokeo and PeopleFinder. As we’ve discussed before, these sites feature a shocking amount of personal information. In fact,…

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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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Ooh, Baby! Identity Theft in Diapers
January 31, 2017

Baby showers are so much more fun than they used to be. Instead of a ladies-only luncheon, expectant parents can now look forward to the “man shower,” the earth-friendly “green shower,” or the “sprinkle” mini-shower for a second baby. If you still struggle to find the perfect gift for a…

Baby showers are so much more fun than they used to be. Instead of a ladies-only luncheon, expectant parents can now look forward to the “man shower,” the earth-friendly “green shower,” or the “sprinkle” mini-shower for a second baby. If you still struggle to find the perfect gift for a…

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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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Burglary in Process
December 08, 2016

If you or anyone you know has ever experienced a break-in, you know how stressful and upsetting it is. You have to notify the police, deal with the insurance company, possibly make repairs, and you may find yourself considering additional security. Unfortunately, personal loss from a burglary…

If you or anyone you know has ever experienced a break-in, you know how stressful and upsetting it is. You have to notify the police, deal with the insurance company, possibly make repairs, and you may find yourself considering additional security. Unfortunately, personal loss from a burglary…

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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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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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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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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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