Posts Categorized: Identity Theft

Identity Theft is a problem we talk about frequently. It’s still the #1 complaint the Federal Trade Commission gets, even after 15 years. “America’s fastest-growing crime” shows no signs of stopping. And now with data breaches affecting millions of users at once, the impact of ID theft has exploded. Because ID theft typically involves stolen…

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Each of us has lots of personal information floating around in the public sphere. This public info is legal for information brokers to collect and distribute—in fact this is a huge industry. It’s reasonable to be concerned about how much information about you is available online. When we help people who have suffered from identity…

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Our free guide to preventing and recovering from Identity Theft has been updated. The .pdf version is available from our educational downloads page. For 2017, the booklet has been updated with new statistics and added material, including: Updated statistics–the Javelin research group reported that ID theft rose by 20% in the last year, maintaining its…

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We always caution our clients and the general public about identity theft. It’s important to be vigilant with your personal data, and there’s a particular document that many people not might be careful enough with: the airline boarding pass. Late last year, security advocate Brian Krebs warned about data stored on boarding passes. A more…

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To mark National Consumer Protection Week, yesterday we posted 5 Ways You Might Be Getting Scammed. We talked about scams related to mortgages, student loans, credit card debt relief, tax refunds, and ID theft. Today, we’re proud to offer an infographic on the same topic: If you think you may have fallen prey to a financial…

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Financial scams take many different forms and happen to people in every demographic and socioeconomic class. Even if you’re reasonably careful, you may be falling prey to some sort of scam right now. March 6-12 is National Consumer Protection Week, and in honor of this national event, we are offering tips and advice on 5 common…

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In honor of National Consumer Protection Week (March 2-8, 2014), we’re offering tips and advice for our clients and all consumers. Taking these steps can ensure that your finances are better protected; we urge everyone to follow along each day and ensure that they are using these practices. Yesterday, we talked about how to protect…

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March 2-8 is National Consumer Protection Week. We’re offering tips to help consumers raise their awareness and take advantage of this national initiative. Today’s tip is to protect your personal information. Identity theft continues to be the top complaint the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) receives, for over 10 years in a row. Identity theft can…

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In a recent article for CreditCards.com, 6 ways to protect your credit after a natural disaster by Tamara E. Holmes, numerous quotes from credit.org’s Senior Vice President of Community Outreach, Melinda Opperman, were featured. Some things we’d add to the excellent advice offered in the article include protecting yourself from Identity Theft and other scams….

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When recovery is impossible Most identity theft is undertaken for financial gain; thieves access your account information to ring up false charges and make withdrawals, or they establish new credit or bank accounts fraudulently in your name. In this series, we’ve talked about how to put a stop to this kind of theft and to…

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Special Circumstances We’ve provided the essential recovery steps that every ID Theft victim should follow, but each case of ID Theft is unique, and many victims may need to contact different agencies or take additional steps to fully recover. There are too many different possible situations to cover here, but we provide a comprehensive checklist…

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