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December 14, 2015
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This is the time of year scammers ramp up their efforts to steal your donated goods, your money, and even your identity. They’re counting on your generosity and your overly busy schedule to keep you from digging too deeply into their conduct.

Here are three top scams to watch for:

Homeless veterans scam. Public concern over the plight of many of our U.S. veterans is at an all-time high, and thieves know... Read More
November 15, 2015
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Identity theft is still pretty misunderstood in terms of preventing and repairing the damage, but citizens are growing in their awareness and understanding of it. This is mostly due to the tireless efforts of companies and agencies that work to support the victims and protect the public. As we look back on this year of identity protection efforts, here are some services we’re grateful for:

Technology.... Read More
October 16, 2015
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There’s no question that data breaches are on the rise. Since the Identity Theft Resource Center first began tracking data breaches in 2005, more than 5,500 breaches have exposed more than 800 million consumer records to identity thieves and hackers. Fortunately, consumers aren’t taking action.

In a recent survey, the ITRC tracked consumer behavior to determine what people do when they learn about a data breach. The results...

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September 16, 2015
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For the past 12 years, people and organizations all over the country have been celebrating an important event each fall, one that is designed to make sure everyone has the tools needed to stay safe online. National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) provides information and an increased understanding of the potential dangers of online activity.

But we don’t have to wait for October to begin taking a few simple steps to help...

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August 19, 2015
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August is typically the month for back-to-school preparations. With many schools starting in mere weeks, families are busy shopping for supplies and enjoying the final days of summer vacation. Some are even readying their high school and college seniors for the last hurrah. But what about the other seniors in your life? National Senior Citizens Day is Aug. 21, and these family members should receive some recognition this month as well. Take a few minutes to think...

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July 26, 2015
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With news of the recent IRS data breach and reports that the agency paid out $4 billion dollars in fraudulent tax refunds in 2012, it’s no wonder people are shaking their heads when it comes to tax refund fraud and identity theft. But this type of fraud is a concern year-round, not just something to think about at tax time.

To be sure, preventing this kind of fraud is especially...

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June 15, 2015
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Identity theft can wreak havoc on victims’ personal and financial well-being. But the crime is never more insidious—or painful—than when victims know their perpetrators.

Familiar fraud strikes when a relative, friend or acquaintance uses stolen personally identifiable information to open new accounts and credit, or to activate utilities. Often the damage goes beyond basic financial problems; it can destroy personal...

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May 15, 2015
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When we think of summer safety, we tend to think of our physical security first. Accidents at the pool or beach, exposure to sun or heat, and crimes in far-away places are big concerns. But as the temperature rises, it’s important to also keep identity protection at the top of the list.

What does summer have to do with identity theft? Everything. What makes summer so great—long, lazy days and a devil-may-care attitude—can leave...

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March 20, 2015
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For spring cleaning this year, be sure to set aside time to tackle areas where you could be putting your identity at risk for theft. Just like your home, your identifying information and accounts can always benefit from a thorough once-over.

Documents – No matter where you store them, now is a good time to destroy or secure old paperwork, especially if your taxes already have been filed. File or shred receipts, bank statements, medical or... Read More
February 11, 2015
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The second most common reason consumers contacted the Identity Theft Resource Center for help in 2014 was for government identity theft. This type of identity theft covers a variety of issues, including employment fraud (someone steals your identity to get a job) and benefits fraud (someone uses your information to apply for fraudulent government benefits). But all too often, it refers to the crime of tax refund fraud, one of the increasingly common forms of...

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