Identity Theft

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  • Tips for Better Protecting Your Belongings and Your Information During an Open House

    A Los Angeles man has been charged with stealing millions of dollars worth of luxury goods from celebrities like Usher and Adam Lambert, whose homes the thief reportedly scoped out while attending open houses in Hollywood Hills. You may not have reached celebrity status yet, but you too should think about open house safety—including the […] Read more

  • Buying a New Car? Don’t Forget to Delete Personal Data from Your Old One

    Cars used to be utilitarian—they took a driver from one place to another with just a few luxuries like a radio or CD player. But today’s cars are like computers on wheels, and your car may be storing more information about you than you think. So before you head to the dealership and trade in […] Read more

  • Ghosting: Help Better Protect Deceased Loved Ones from Identity Theft

    Stealing the identity of someone who is deceased—sometimes called ghosting—can go on for months before the crime is detected. This may be because identity thieves know how to take advantage of the time between when a person dies and when government agencies or financial institutions are notified of the death. How can you better protect […] Read more

  • The FBI Warns of Cybercriminals Trying to Steal Paychecks by Rerouting Direct Deposits

    A public service announcement issued by the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) warns of cybercriminals trying to obtain login credentials to online payroll systems in order to reroute direct deposit paychecks into their own bank accounts. Take a little time to help ensure that your paycheck arrives safe and sound, and be alert to […] Read more

  • Bots Can Guess Your Password at the Rate of Billions of Guesses per Second. Are Your Accounts Secure?

    If you get a notice that your information has been compromised, you may picture a lone hacker sitting in the dark trying to break into your accounts one by one. But that’s far from reality. Some of today’s tech-savvy hackers buy large databases of stolen data and use high-speed bots to “guess” passwords and crack […] Read more

  • Smishing 101: Steps to Help Better Detect and Avoid Text Message Scams

    Fraudulent bank text messages are one of the most common types of scams, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC). In this con, scammers send text messages that look like they come from a bank—maybe even your bank—with the excuse that your accounts are locked or that your account is about to be charged […] Read more

  • Top 10 Scams for the Elderly Part 2: Help Older Relatives Better Protect Themselves

    The U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging released a report on the top 10 scams targeting seniors. In a previous post, we covered senior scams one through five, and in this post we take a look at senior scams six through ten. Reach out to a loved one today to help better protect them from […] Read more

  • Advice from the Folks at World Backup Day: Don’t Be an April Fool

    The founders of World Backup Day chose the date March 31 to drive home the message that you should backup your devices before it’s too late–and then you become the April fool. Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late  How many times have you told yourself, “I’ve got to back up my device before I lose […] Read more

  • Top 5 Scams Targeting Seniors: Help Older Relatives Better Protect Themselves

    Elderly people lose an estimated $2.9 billion per year to an ever-increasing number of financial exploitation schemes. Sadly, their isolation, assumed lack of technical knowledge, and greater potential for confusion or dementia can make them a common target for scams—ranging from someone pretending that a grandchild needs money to a fake technical support person trying […] Read more

  • What to Do if You Think You Are a Victim of Tax Identity Theft

    Tax-related identity theft happens when a criminal uses your Social Security number to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund. You may find out about the fraud when your e-filing is rejected because someone already filed a return using your Social Security number. Or, you may receive a letter from the IRS stating that […] Read more