Category Archives: identity theft

Protect Yourself from These Financial Scams

Financial fraud is, unfortunately, a common practice in America that costs individuals and businesses billions of dollars each year. Research shows that people often underreport financial fraud, which is difficult to investigate and prosecute.1 As a result, staying aware of different scamming techniques is an important way to protect yourself and your family. Here are a couple of common financial scams that are specifically used to target seniors. 1. Funeral and Cemetery Fraud For many… Read More »

Identity Thieves Are Running The Same Scam This Tax Season – With A New Twist

Lauren Lyons Cole * The IRS warns taxpayers every year to beware of a long list of tax scams. * This year, identity thieves are up to the same tricks, but with a new twist. * Scammers file a fake tax return, deposit the fraudulent tax refund into your own bank account — and then call to collect. Tax scammers are a creative bunch. The IRS keeps track of the most common tax-related crimes, and… Read More »

11 Tips To Protect You From Identity Theft & Related Tax Fraud

Kelly Phillips Erb If the chatter is to be believed, identity theft tops the list of taxpayer concerns for 2018. And it’s not all in your head: an Identity Fraud Study, released by Javelin Strategy & Research, found that identity thieves stole $16 billion from 12.7 million U.S. consumers in 2014, a new victim every two seconds . Those statistics are scary but there is some good news to be found in the report: the… Read More »

How to Keep Your Laptop Safe Under the New Airline Ban

Heather Kelly Whether you wanted to binge watch TV, catch up on work, or keep a toddler from yelling for 15 hours straight, the new rules on checked-in electronics are definitely an inconvenience. But they can also present major safety issues for your hardware and data. The United States announced a new rule that bans bigger-than-a- smartphone electronics from the airline cabin on certain flights to the United States including laptops, tablets and cameras. The… Read More »

The Fastest Growing Crime Just Got Worse

President Obama has called identity theft the fastest growing crime in America. Most Americans recognize the dangers of financial information being compromised. Many are not aware of a greater threat: their medical records falling into the wrong hands. According to the latest study by the Medical Identity Theft Alliance, 2.32 million Americans have been victims of medical identity theft. What makes this so troubling is hospitals typically have low security, and healthcare records often include… Read More »