The Watchblog


  • IRS Transcript Service Hack

    TAXPAYER BEWARE! The recent news of a hack at the IRS sent shivers down taxpayers’ spines for good reason. While the first risk was tax return-based identity theft, there are other hazards on the way including phishing attacks and other scams. The breach hit the IRS Get Transcript service. Hackers attempted to open an estimated […] Read more

  • How Identity Theft Can Jeopardize Your Job

    In early June, US government officials confirmed1 a massive data breach at the Office of Personnel and Management (OPM). Initially, estimates stated roughly 4 million workers had their information stolen in a data breach reportedly linked to Chinese hackers. OPM then announced that another 21.5 million security clearance files were part of the hack.  That […] Read more

  • Is Your Student A Target for Identity Theft?

    College students and younger children remain some of the top targets for identity thieves. It’s school time again — the season for registration forms and loan applications. If your child’s a recent grad, they may soon be off to college or moving across country to start a new job. In any scenario, it’s a cold, […] Read more

  • Tragic News Often Triggers Scams

    An earthquake in Nepal. Bombings at the Boston Marathon. A hurricane in the Gulf. Disasters around the globe often trigger an outpouring of sympathy and donations from generous Americans. They also trigger opportunities for some of the worst folks on the planet who hope to capitalize on human curiosity. Scammers crawl out of the woodwork […] Read more

  • Decorated Veteran Homeless After Battling Identity Theft

    It was supposed to be the best year of his life. Stephen Echols of Los Angeles, CA had just married the love of his life. He was comfortably employed as a field service engineer doing maintenance and repairs on the dozens of machines the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) used to screen passengers and baggage at […] Read more