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Identity Theft

May 15, 2019
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The U.S. Department of Justice announced that it has arrested and charged members of a major cybercriminal ring in connection with $2.4 million worth of wire fraud and identity theft.

The hacking group, called “The Community” primarily used social engineering (trickery) and SIM card hijacking to steal funds and cryptocurrency from their victims.

SIM swapping or hijacking is an attack that often...

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May 2, 2019
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The Government Accountability Office recently released a report that analyzed the results as well as the relative effectiveness of the identity theft services, including insurance, provided to victims of ...

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March 18, 2019
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Employment fraud is currently the most prevalent scam targeting consumers, according to Better Business Bureau report.

The scams primarily target job-seekers with promises of great job opportunities and high pay. One victim in Montana was approached by what appeared to be a courier service offering him more than $70,000 per year to purchase and ship consumer electronics.

After receiving payment to purchase and ship the electronics, the man was then asked to purchase some with...

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March 4, 2019
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Are you already dreaming about how to spend your tax refund this year? Imagine your frustration if the check never arrives, and when you make inquiries, you discover someone else has cashed in on your identity. That's what happens every year to far too many taxpayers who become victims of tax return fraud and tax-related identity theft.

 

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March 4, 2019
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Are you anticipating a nice tax refund this year? Maybe you have plans for a new TV or a special vacation. But imagine someone beats you to your refund by filing a fraudulent tax return, putting your plans on hold. Instead, you’ll have an identity theft mess to clean up. And it can take nearly a year—278 days on average in the United States—to resolve tax fraud and receive your rightful refund. [1]

Tax scams and identity fraud by the numbers...

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February 11, 2019
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By Eva Velasquez, President & CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center

Over a period of many years the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) has conducted research regarding the aftermath of identity theft and the experience that victims truly have in recovering their identities – beyond just the financial aspects...

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February 5, 2019
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This Valentine’s Day, you may be looking forward to hearts and flowers from a new love interest or a long-awaited date with your spouse. You certainly won’t expect someone you care about committing fraud using your identity.

Unfortunately, familiar fraud is all too common. More than 1 million children experience identity theft annually, and two-thirds know the perpetrators.[1] Seniors, college students, spouses, significant others and online daters are...

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January 15, 2019
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U.S. citizens are more vulnerable to the effects of identity theft and scams as a result of the ongoing government shutdown.

The two primary websites created by the government as resources for victims of identity theft, IdentityTheft.gov and FTC.gov/complaint, are currently offline as part of the partial shutdown of the Federal Trade Commission. This effectively leaves victims...

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December 21, 2018
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New Year’s Eve is truly a worldwide celebration associated with hundreds of different cultural traditions. In the U.S., people watch the ball drop in Times Square in New York City. Canadians embrace the winter with ice fishing and polar bear swims. Revelers swing flaming fireballs at Hogmany in Scotland. Romanians dress like bears and dance in the streets. The Germans eat donuts; the French eat crepes, and the Danes smash china for good luck.

No matter what your New Year’s Eve...

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November 30, 2018
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This holiday season, make sure you protect your loved ones from identity theft and scams.

Follow these 10 tips for secure shopping in stores and online, sharing on social media and communicating via phone, email and snail mail.

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