The Watchblog


  • Is Your MD the Real Thing?

    Imagine seeing a psychiatrist at the local mental health clinic a couple of times then discovering that he or she was an impostor. Impossible? Evidently, it’s not. An Indiana man was sentenced to over 13 years in jail earlier this year after posing as a psychiatrist, writing prescriptions, and seeing dozens of patients at a […] Read more

  • The IRS Will Give You the Name of Your Identity Thief—But Only if You Ask

    Is there anything more frustrating than discovering someone has filed a tax return in your name and stolen your refund check? Perhaps finding out that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) won’t disclose the thief’s identity or share the bogus return with you. In cases where the thief is a friend or relative, knowing the name […] Read more

  • March 31st Could Improve the Rest of Your Year

    An estimated 25-30 percent of users have NEVER backed up their data even though it’s continuously at risk: Smartphones are lost or stolen at a rate of 113 per minute. 29 percent of data disasters are accidental. 10 percent of computers are infected with viruses every month. With stats this scary, World Backup Day (WBD) […] Read more

  • Beware the Rogue Preparer

    Years ago, I gave up struggling with my tax returns. Too many forms and rules to master. Each year at tax season, I say a silent thanks for my tax preparer. If you are searching for one this tax season, watch out for the many bogus preparers who want your money to do nothing or, […] Read more

  • Hackers Grab W-2 Forms, Sell to Identity Thieves

    The list of companies reporting stolen W-2 forms is growing as hackers kick up their phishing schemes for the current income tax filing season. For employees, the challenge is determining if that new email in your inbox is really from the CEO. How you respond could put your entire workforce at risk for identity theft. […] Read more

  • VIZIO Pays Millions After Improper Data Collection

    VIZIO Inc, one of the world’s largest makers of smart TVs, has agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle charges it tracked and saved data on the viewing habits of 11 million customers without their consent. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the State of New Jersey brought the case that charged VIZIO with unfair […] Read more

  • Celebgate Hacker Used Simple Phishing Tactics

    Celebgate was a hack heard—and seen—around the world in 2014 and this week, the man who pled guilty to leaking hundreds of nude celebrity photos, was sentenced to nine months in jail. Studying this sensational hack offers a valuable lesson—to explain how Edward Majerczyk, 29, from Chicago, gained access to the accounts of Jennifer Lawrence, […] Read more

  • Child ID Theft and the Statute of Limitations

    Identity theft is far too common for youngsters. It’s often not discovered until years after the theft occurs. It can be tough to help your child recover from a case of stolen identity, but your state’s laws on the statute of limitations can help. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon in 2011 documented that children were 50 […] Read more

  • Over 100 Charged With Identity Theft

    It’s National Tax Identity Theft Awareness week—an appropriate time for officials in South Florida to reveal charges against 104 individuals accused of stealing identities. Members of the group are accused of stealing over 30,000 identities to rake in more than $60 million in schemes targeting agencies including the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Wifredo A. Ferrer, […] Read more

  • Yahoo Support Scams Multiply

    Do you long for the good old days when you could chat with a support person on the phone to resolve problems? Well, scammers hope so because they’re busy publishing bogus tech support numbers that offer assistance with last year’s biggest tech headache—Yahoo. Every one of these numbers is fake. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) […] Read more