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5 Reasons Why Free Credit Monitoring Isn’t Enough
February 16, 2018

​After the Equifax breach, the news media (and our MyIDCare blogs) were full of advice to protect yourself from ID theft, including checking your free annual reports from the three major credit bureaus. So, you might wonder, “If I can monitor my own credit reports, why should I consider an…

​After the Equifax breach, the news media (and our MyIDCare blogs) were full of advice to protect yourself from ID theft, including checking your free annual reports from the three major credit bureaus. So, you might wonder, “If I can monitor my own credit reports, why should I consider an…

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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 identity theft. Here’s what you need to know to…

​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 identity theft. Here’s what you need to know to…

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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 talked about the importance of filing your taxes…

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 talked about the importance of filing your taxes…

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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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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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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 for identity thieves. If you made it through…

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 for identity thieves. If you made it through…

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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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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 traffic, having gifts delivered to your home can…

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 traffic, having gifts delivered to your home can…

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Capitalizing on Disaster: FEMA Scams
December 01, 2017

​People love to talk about the weather, but when extreme weather takes its toll on U.S. citizens, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) does more than talk. FEMA responded to 51 major disasters in 24 States and two U.S. territories between January 1st and October 31st, 2017. Since…

​People love to talk about the weather, but when extreme weather takes its toll on U.S. citizens, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) does more than talk. FEMA responded to 51 major disasters in 24 States and two U.S. territories between January 1st and October 31st, 2017. Since…

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Job-Hunting Scams Target Millennials
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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Scams for free services
September 10, 2017

The internet has created business opportunities for many people, from selling collectibles on eBay to blogging for fun and profit. However, some enterprising scammers are making money charging people for information that’s available to anyone – for free. Here are some common scams and tips for…

The internet has created business opportunities for many people, from selling collectibles on eBay to blogging for fun and profit. However, some enterprising scammers are making money charging people for information that’s available to anyone – for free. Here are some common scams and tips for…

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These Scams Are a Grandparent’s Worst Nightmare
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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Tips to Secure Your Personal Information
September 03, 2017

With the steady stream of news about cyber attacks and data breaches, it’s easy to forget that someone physically stealing your personal documents can cause you just as much harm. Mailbox theft, burglary, pocket-picking, or even dumpster diving can give a criminal enough information to steal your…

With the steady stream of news about cyber attacks and data breaches, it’s easy to forget that someone physically stealing your personal documents can cause you just as much harm. Mailbox theft, burglary, pocket-picking, or even dumpster diving can give a criminal enough information to steal your…

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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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What You Should Know About Internet Privacy Policies and Tracking
July 23, 2017

If you use any type of social media or a variety of mobile apps, you sometimes receive notices about changes in the website’s privacy policies. And if you’re a very smart citizen of the internet, you read those notices and keep track of privacy settings for your browsers and social media…

If you use any type of social media or a variety of mobile apps, you sometimes receive notices about changes in the website’s privacy policies. And if you’re a very smart citizen of the internet, you read those notices and keep track of privacy settings for your browsers and social media…

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RFID Skimming: is the danger real?
July 09, 2017

You probably know that the embedded computer chips now found in most credit and debit cards are meant to protect you from financial fraud. And you also may have heard that thieves could now steal your card number just by walking near you, or you may have seen ads for products to prevent this kind…

You probably know that the embedded computer chips now found in most credit and debit cards are meant to protect you from financial fraud. And you also may have heard that thieves could now steal your card number just by walking near you, or you may have seen ads for products to prevent this kind…

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Identity Theft Scams that Target College Students
June 22, 2017

Congratulations! Your son or daughter is off to college. You moved them into the dorm, said slightly tearful goodbyes, reminisced on the way home about how fast they’ve grown up, and now you can relax, right? Well, before you get too comfy, you need to do some continuing education of your own.…

Congratulations! Your son or daughter is off to college. You moved them into the dorm, said slightly tearful goodbyes, reminisced on the way home about how fast they’ve grown up, and now you can relax, right? Well, before you get too comfy, you need to do some continuing education of your own.…

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5 Tips for College Students to Prevent Fraud and Scams
June 15, 2017

Starting college usually involves a lot of requirements—all those 101 classes in math and science and literature. But one of the things that colleges won’t teach is the financial literacy that your student needs to be safe and successful in adult life. For many kids, heading off to college…

Starting college usually involves a lot of requirements—all those 101 classes in math and science and literature. But one of the things that colleges won’t teach is the financial literacy that your student needs to be safe and successful in adult life. For many kids, heading off to college…

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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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Keeping Your Identity Safe from Theft After Death
May 25, 2017

You may know that it’s important after a loved one dies to protect their identity. But what can you do before death to simplify the after-death experience for your spouse, family members or close friends? For advice on forming trusts, creating a will, naming a power of attorney, filling out…

You may know that it’s important after a loved one dies to protect their identity. But what can you do before death to simplify the after-death experience for your spouse, family members or close friends? For advice on forming trusts, creating a will, naming a power of attorney, filling out…

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Charging stations – power supply or identity theft scam?
May 21, 2017

We’ve all been there. You’re out and about when you realize the battery on your mobile device is almost empty. You don’t have a charger with you, but wait! . . . You spy a free charging station with built-in USB chargers. Perfect! Or is it? Before you plug in, stop and take a minute to…

We’ve all been there. You’re out and about when you realize the battery on your mobile device is almost empty. You don’t have a charger with you, but wait! . . . You spy a free charging station with built-in USB chargers. Perfect! Or is it? Before you plug in, stop and take a minute to…

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A Caregiver’s Guide to Medical ID Theft
May 11, 2017

Anyone can become a victim of medical identity theft which can be a great risk to a patient’s well-being. But elderly patients can be at higher risk because their Medicare coverage is a popular target for insurance fraud and because they may be less aware of the potential for identity theft. If…

Anyone can become a victim of medical identity theft which can be a great risk to a patient’s well-being. But elderly patients can be at higher risk because their Medicare coverage is a popular target for insurance fraud and because they may be less aware of the potential for identity theft. If…

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Mobile Phone Spyware: Are You Being Bugged?
April 30, 2017

Spies and FBI agents on TV are always checking their rooms for listening devices, to see if they’re being bugged. But in the real world, have you ever thought that even you could be a victim of such heart-racing espionage? With easy-to-install spyware, your phone can be turned into a surveillance…

Spies and FBI agents on TV are always checking their rooms for listening devices, to see if they’re being bugged. But in the real world, have you ever thought that even you could be a victim of such heart-racing espionage? With easy-to-install spyware, your phone can be turned into a surveillance…

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Are Mobile Numbers the New Keys to Your Identity?
April 23, 2017

Mobile phones have made us safer in countless ways. We can call for help in an emergency, call for a ride if we had a drink too many, or keep in touch with our kids when they’re away from home. And recently, businesses have started using mobile phones to add security to financial and other…

Mobile phones have made us safer in countless ways. We can call for help in an emergency, call for a ride if we had a drink too many, or keep in touch with our kids when they’re away from home. And recently, businesses have started using mobile phones to add security to financial and other…

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IRS Asks Taxpayers To Watch Out for Scam Calls After New Changes to Debt Collection
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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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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Online Safety for Baby Boomers
March 16, 2017

If you have elderly parents, you may be surprised to know that, according to Pew Research, Baby Boomers (people between 52 and 70 years old) spend more time online than millennials. Grandma and gramps are checking their email, watching YouTube, and surfing for vacation destinations, just like…

If you have elderly parents, you may be surprised to know that, according to Pew Research, Baby Boomers (people between 52 and 70 years old) spend more time online than millennials. Grandma and gramps are checking their email, watching YouTube, and surfing for vacation destinations, just like…

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Medical Identity Theft Protection
February 28, 2017

Back in the days of old country doctors, one doctor treated every ailment and knew everyone in town. If someone walked into the office claiming to be someone else, the doctor would have called their family and asked whether the patient had hit their head or had too much to drink. Today, we rely on…

Back in the days of old country doctors, one doctor treated every ailment and knew everyone in town. If someone walked into the office claiming to be someone else, the doctor would have called their family and asked whether the patient had hit their head or had too much to drink. Today, we rely on…

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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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Watch Out for Home Improvement Scams
February 23, 2017

We have a great deal for you! Simply fill out this form to see if you qualify for … well, you name it. “Great deal” scams sound a lot like that, and they work—which is why they’ve been around a long time. Sadly, they’re just one of many scams often associated with the home improvement…

We have a great deal for you! Simply fill out this form to see if you qualify for … well, you name it. “Great deal” scams sound a lot like that, and they work—which is why they’ve been around a long time. Sadly, they’re just one of many scams often associated with the home improvement…

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