Identity Theft

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  • 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

  • Tax E-filing Rejected? Someone May Have Claimed Your Child as a Dependent

    With the April 15 federal tax deadline looming, your child may be more vulnerable to identity theft. In 2018, researchers saw an increase in the sale of children’s Personally Identifiable Information (PII) on the dark web, which can be used by criminals to claim dependents on fraudulent tax forms. Fake Dependents Can Be Profitable for […] Read more

  • Is Someone Calling You Claiming to Work for the IRS? You May Want to Hang Up

    Here’s the scenario. Your phone rings, and the caller states, “I work for the criminal division of the IRS. You owe $15,000 in back taxes, and if this issue is not resolved right now during this phone call, in two hours there will be a sheriff at your doorstep.” What’s more convincing is that the […] Read more

  • It’s National Wedding Month: Beware of Newlywed Identity Theft and Other Scams

    Nearly 40 percent of all engagements take place between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day, which may be why this time of year has been aptly named the proposal season. February is also National Wedding Month as more brides and grooms kick off their wedding planning in earnest in February than any other month of the year. […] Read more

  • Tax-related Identity Theft: Why You May Want to Consider Filing Your Tax Return Early

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is now accepting 2018 tax returns, and, as in previous years, the agency recommends filing as early as possible to help prevent crooks from cashing in on your refund before you do. You Could Beat Tax-related Identity Thieves to the Punch Tax-related identity theft is when a criminal uses your […] Read more

  • Romance Scams Break Hearts and Bank Accounts: A Valentine’s Day Tutorial

    The internet is the most popular way people meet their spouse these days. Nearly 20 percent of brides surveyed met their partner through online dating or social media, which outranks meeting through friends (17 percent), college (15 percent), or work (12 percent). But there is a potential dark side to making an online love connection—falling […] Read more

  • Today is Safer Internet Day—9 Internet Safety Tips for Children and Parents

    Kids age seven and younger spend on average two hours and 19 minutes per day on screen media, and that number rises to about four and a half hours for kids ages eight 8 to 18. Are you comfortable with what your children are watching, what information they are sharing, and who they are communicating […] Read more

  • Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Identity Theft by a Spouse or Family Member

    When you think about who might commit identity theft, a nameless, faceless cybercriminal may come to mind, but that isn’t always the case. In recognition of Data Privacy Day January 28, let’s take a deeper look at a type of identity theft that isn’t often discussed—identity theft by a spouse or family member. When Your […] Read more

  • Which Generation Is Most At Risk for Identity Theft?

    Generation X. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), in 2017 more than 40 percent of identity theft crimes reported in its Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book were against victims ages 30-49. (This compares to 20 percent committed against victims in their 20s or younger, and 29 percent committed against Baby Boomers in their 50s […] Read more

  • Donate Wisely: 7 Tips to Avoid Charity Scams in 2019

    The majority of charities are generous and responsible organizations, but, just like any business, the way a charitable organization operates can vary widely–from a legitimate and efficient charity to an organization that spends a large percentage of funds on its own administration to an outright charity scam. That’s why the Federal Trade Commission advises consumers […] Read more