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July 28, 2017
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Another summer is ready to come to a close, but there’s still time to squeeze in one last vacation before fall.

Here are some important travel tips that you can use at any time of year to keep your identity safe from scammers and thieves.

Plan with caution – A travel scam can start the minute you begin planning for a trip. Browsing online for airfare or accommodations can lead you to dishonest sites. Some... Read More
July 15, 2017
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Parenting a tween, teenager or older? Having a talk about cyber security should be near the top of your to-do list. The old advice of keeping the family computer in the living room to monitor your kids’ internet activity is pointless in the age of everywhere-you-go mobile devices.

Here are some do’s and don’ts to keep your child safe and help them make good digital decisions down the road. The lessons you impart now can protect...

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May 23, 2017
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Summers are always a popular time for moving. Whether you're a recent college graduate or a snowbird headed back up north, the warm weather is a time when many people change their address. However, moving puts the security of documents containing personal identifying information at risk of identity theft.

Protecting your identity during a move is actually easier than protecting your fragile belongings, but protecting against...

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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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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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January 26, 2017
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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been warning taxpayers for weeks now about tax refund delays in 2017 and the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) thinks this is good news. Here’s why: As the IRS continues to beef up its resources to tackle identity theft in the tax system and tax refund fraud, it needs the extra time to be sure any fraudulent refunds are not issued in the first place.

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December 7, 2016
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With this year almost over and a new year waiting on the horizon, it’s a good time to take stock of the various threats to individuals’ identities that took hold during 2016. From large-scale data breaches to scams that affected consumers one-by-one, the variety of methods and sheer volume of security threats that thieves use is staggering.

Here are some of the scams, fraud attempts, data breaches, and other related identity theft crimes that the...

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September 19, 2016
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Public perceptions can shift wildly when it comes to paying for everyday items. There’s a growing reliance on debit cards and credit cards, and the attitudes towards using plastic can vary depending on a consumer’s age, educational level and whether or not they have children.

Only two years ago, a survey of over 2,000 U.S. consumers showed that 57 percent of them “never” carry cash, and instead rely on debit or credit cards for...

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August 29, 2016
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Identity theft is one of the hardest-hitting crimes that consumers face, largely because it’s easy to pull off. Whether through old-fashioned means like dumpster-diving or stealing your driver’s license, or through more sophisticated cyber crimes like hacking into a university network, thieves can make off with your entire identity before you even know your information was compromised.

There are a lot of steps that college...

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