Identity Theft

March 16, 2017
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Tax identity theft is an easy lucrative way for criminals to make money. Think about it: This fast-growing crime accounts for nearly half—45 percent—of identity theft crimes reported to the Federal Trade Commission.

Want to get to your tax refund before the bad guys? Follow these tips from CyberScout experts:

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March 16, 2017
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Tax season is underway, and that means your tax refund—and your identity—are in play for identity thieves out to make easy money.

Tax identity theft is a fast-growing crime, impacting more than 260,000 victims a year and costing the IRS more than $3 billion in fraudulent tax refunds, according to the...

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March 1, 2017
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Brace yourself: Tax fraud isn't going away, and if you haven't already filed your return, you could be the next victim.

Tax identity theft happens when someone files a phony tax return using your personal information—like your Social Security number (SSN)—to get a tax refund from the IRS. It also can occur when someone uses your SSN to secure a job or claims your child as a dependent on a tax return. Tax identity theft is the most common form of identity...

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March 1, 2017
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Despite years of battling by the financial industry and a massive change in the way Americans use debit and credit cards, the rate of identity theft soared during 2016, a new report has found. In fact, it hit an all-time high.

An estimated 15.4 million consumers were hit with some kind of ID theft last year, according to Javelin Strategy & Research, up from 13.1 million the year before.

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March 1, 2017
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Spring temperatures and budding plants are starting to edge out the worst of the winter weather, so now is the time to spring clean … your mobile device.

The very first step is to remove apps you never use. Your phone may run slower due to these old downloads, and they may even be wasting your battery life. Don’t worry, depending on the brand of phone and where you downloaded the app, they’ll typically still be sitting there in case you decide to...

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March 1, 2017
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Are you losing your identity?

The good folks at Equifax suggest you very well may be. Check out their infographic with the latest information about the state of identity fraud in the United Kingdom.

If you suspect you're a victim of identity fraud, be sure to contact your providers. You already may receive identity management services from CyberScout via your financial institution, employer...

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February 27, 2017
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Germany has taken steps to allay concerns about how the “Internet of Toys” could put children in harm’s way.

This past December, consumer groups concerned with child safety petitioned the Federal Trade Commission to look into a hot new doll, named My Friend Cayla, and its counterpart marketed to boys, i-Que Intelligent Robot. Privacy advocates expressed concern about the dolls’ capacity to spy on children.

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February 3, 2017
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Did you hear about the guy from Bucksnort, Tennessee, who sent a catfisher his life savings after a steamy back-and-forth on a popular dating app? The amount lost: $4,395.45, which was the supposed cost of airfare and visa expedition for the victim’s true love to get from Kiev, Ukraine.

If you think you did hear about it, you’re mistaken, because I made it up. The reason I did that: Too many catfishing scams go unreported. As a result, awareness does not match the threat.

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January 29, 2017
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Romance scams run the spectrum from simply toying with people’s emotions to stealing their money. In some dire cases, it has even landed victims in jail for their part in a crime. How do these online scams come about?

Here’s a scenario that victims fall for hook, line and sinker:

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A woman checks her Facebook messages and finds one from a stranger. When she responds to ask...

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January 27, 2017
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The 2017 Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, hosted by the Federal Trade Commission, will take place from Jan. 30 to Feb. 3.

This event will help consumers understand what tax identity theft is, starting with what happens when someone files a phony tax return using your personal information to get a fraudulent tax refund from the IRS. This type of crime can also occur if someone uses...

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