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January 12, 2017
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Tax day is months away, but take steps now so you can file your return early—before identity thieves beat you to the punch.

Many victims of tax-related identity theft uncover the fraud after they have filed their returns, leading to delayed refunds and additional problems with the IRS and Social Security Administration.

One way to stay ahead of the bad guys is to file your taxes early, in...

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December 7, 2016
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We thought we'd put an identity protection spin on the song, "Twelve Days of Christmas."

Instead of offering partridges, turtledoves, French hens, and other delightful but somewhat impractical gifts, we have reliable tips to keep your good name and credit safe.

1.   Pay attention to website URLs. Online searches can lead you to scammer-run websites that...

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April 30, 2015
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Identity thieves don’t want you to read this article.

They’ve made an entire industry out of living off of other peoples’ good names. And when you know their typical tricks, stealing your identity is much harder.

Unfortunately, not enough people know what puts their identities at risk for theft. And that has helped keep...

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April 1, 2015
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Of all the types of personal information that could put you at risk for identity theft when in the wrong hands, your Social Security number is the most vulnerable. As the most unique way the government, doctor's offices and creditors can identity you, your Social Security number is necessary to apply for new credit and other benefits. This is why thieves often target this key piece of information to steal.

With the risk of identity theft high, here are three ways to protect your...

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February 24, 2015
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While identity theft can take many forms, medical identity theft is not only a complex crime, but devastating for victims. A new report revealed the number of medical identity theft victims surged almost 22 percent in 2014, with more than 2 million victims total, according to the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance. The Fifth Annual Study on Medical Identity Theft found an upward trend of patients affected by medical identity theft that will likely continue into 2015 as hackers target the health...

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February 19, 2015
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When a widespread data breach happens, children are often the most at risk for identity theft. Their clean credit histories make them targets for identity thieves to steal information and open new lines of credit. After the Anthem data breach, millions of children in the U.S. had their personal information exposed, making them vulnerable to identity theft,...

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February 9, 2015
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In the wake of its massive data breach, Anthem Inc. is warning affected customers and employees of phishing attacks, ThirdCertainty reports.

Fraudsters are preying on victims of the massive data breach by calling and emailing with offers of free credit monitoring. Their efforts are designed to encourage victims to divulge personal information. Anthem has said it will be sending breach notifications to victims by snail mail, not via email and phone.

Victims can steer clear of...

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February 4, 2015
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It's your worst fear come true: you receive a data breach notification letter or spot suspicious activity on your bank statement indicating someone has stolen your information. While no one wants to learn they have become an identity theft victim, it's important to protect your personal and financial accounts after discovering someone else used your information without your permission.

Filing an identity theft report is a crucial first step to get your...

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September 4, 2014
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When someone hands their credit or debit card to a family member or friend, they might become a victim of identity theft, which could cost them financially. But giving someone else their health insurance information might cost their life. As their health records are tied to their personal identifying information, consumers...

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August 4, 2014
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As parents and children shop for back-to-school savings, identity thieves may be looking for a different way to save money by stealing names, Social Security numbers and more. Children are often targets for identity thieves because they have clean lines of credit, which make them easier to use for fraudulent purposes,...

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