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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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January 19, 2016
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With the start of a new year comes the opportunity to set some new goals—and stick to them. Luckily, there's one crucial goal everyone can work for, and it's also one of the easiest to reach with a few simple changes in your daily routine.

This year, make a resolution to protect your data and your privacy. These four steps will get you started:

1.    Secure your smartphone. With...

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December 31, 2015
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When it comes to personal data security, there’s no such thing as waiting ’til next year. That’s why the time is now to make resolutions about safeguarding your identity for 2016.

Here are five simple steps you can take even while viewing this article on your device:

1.    Set strong, unique passwords. One of the most important things you can do to protect yourself from...

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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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