Identity Theft

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  • 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

  • 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