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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:

Hook

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.

Tax return fraud ...

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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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April 26, 2016
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Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest—Social media is a great way to stay connected while sharing news and ideas. But if you’re not careful, you can end up doing serious harm to your good name.

Most users know that there are just certain things to avoid posting on social media, such as compromising photos, your Social Security number, and your bank account number. But there are a lot of other things that can come back to haunt...

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March 27, 2016
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The Identity Theft Resource Center has noticed some new scams in recent weeks, but you may find that some of them are old scams wearing a 2016 face-lift.

1. Boss Phishing

This scam already has taken a number of companies to the cleaners, mostly because it works really well. One recent high-profile victim of boss phishing includes the...

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February 3, 2016
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Online dating has come a long way since the early days of websites that paired lonely singles. What was once looked down upon as a shady corner of the Internet is now a multibillion-dollar industry. Couples meeting through legitimate online dating websites is far more commonplace than ever before.

Scammers are all too aware of this trend. They know that potential victims are eager for a relationship and may have had some...

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