Identity Theft

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  • Are You Likely to Fall for a Phishing Email?

    Day in and day out, your inbox may have phishing emails mingled in with communications from friends or business associates. Perhaps the scam email appears to be from a prospective employer you’ve wanted to meet or from your bank. The phishing deluge seeks to wear us down until we click on the bait without thinking […] Read more

  • Don’t Lose Your Data at the Airport

    Before you travel is a good time to review your data security practices. Are you bringing your laptop? Is it password-protected and encrypted? If you’re one of the tens of thousands of travelers each year who accidentally leave their laptops behind at airport security, your abandoned data could create major headaches. Laptop Lost and Found […] Read more

  • Before You Spit, Read that DNA Kit

    One of the hot holiday gifts in 2017 was a DNA home test kit. Ancestry.com reportedly sold 1.5 million of these items during the Black Friday weekend at a reduced $59 each. Rival 23andMe countered with their own discounts. TV ads for the simple-to-use products were everywhere. The commotion prompted US Senator Chuck Schumer to […] Read more

  • Today Is World Backup Day—Act Now to Protect Your Data

    Yes, today could actually change your life. March 31 is World Backup Day (WBD), and there are a myriad of reasons to participate in this noteworthy event. To find out why, let’s take a look at some startling data protection statistics. Sponsors of WBD want you to know the facts. Backups are still not the […] Read more

  • The Nation’s Most Misused Social Security Number Began as an Unintended Error

    Imagine having your Social Security Number (SSN) misused by 5,755 other people at one time. The income tax headaches could be enormous. Getting a job might be impossible. These are, in fact, the real numbers from a case involving a woman whose SSN was printed and distributed all across the U.S. The year was 1938. […] Read more

  • Taxpayers Listen Up: Latest Scam Sticks Victims with Big IRS Bill

    The 2018 tax prep season is in full swing, and so are hackers who smell easy money. Shortly after January 29, 2018 when the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) opened its e-filing system, a new twist on tax-related identity theft surfaced. The new scam leaves victims on the hook for paying the IRS back for fraudulent […] Read more

  • The ABCs of ATM Safety

    Customers of Lake Michigan Credit Union (LMCU) based in Grand Rapids, Michigan are watching their bank balances like hawks after more than 100 clients saw their balances zeroed out by ATM thieves targeting just one ATM location. The credit union members hit by crooks first learned of the account hacks when legitimate withdrawals or purchases were […] Read more

  • Almost Half a Million of Employment Identity Theft Victims Not Notified by IRS

    A recent audit by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) revealed that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) failed to notify 458,658 victims of employment-related identity theft who were identified in processing year 2017. This type of tax identity fraud occurs when a thief uses a stolen Social Security number (SSN) to gain employment. […] Read more

  • Thwart Hackers by Filing Your Income Taxes Early

    Taxpayers are typically focused on Tax Day, but by filing early, you can help reduce the risk of your refund being stolen. There’s still time before the April 17 cutoff, so get started now before it’s too late to file your taxes early. There’s a good reason tax advisors advocate filing early. That’s because only […] Read more

  • Can Your Cell Phone Number Be Easily Stolen?

    Yes, if you’ve gotten a recent text alert from T-Mobile, it’s legitimate and thieves could steal your cell phone number if you don’t secure it properly. The company is urging its customers to require a second password to authorize “porting” those ten digits to another carrier, and even customers on other networks should pay attention. […] Read more