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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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January 9, 2015
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More couples are meeting on the Internet thanks to the growing number of online matchmaking businesses. This $1.2 billion industry attracts nearly 42 million sign-ups in the United States alone.

But with every successful match comes the potential for heartbreak and, sadly, fraud. It might be easy to let your guard down when you come across someone who seems perfect and says all the right things, especially after paying hefty...

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December 29, 2014
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The Digital Age has made filing taxes a whole lot easier. But with that convenience comes risk, thanks to scammers out to steal your identity or tax refund. With tax season right around the corner, it’s a good idea to make sure your taxpayer identity is protected.

Tax-related identity theft is one of the fastest growing forms of the crime, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center...

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November 16, 2014
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Around this time last year, hackers pulled off what was then one of the largest retail data breaches the industry has seen. They unleashed Backoff malware on computer networks that have now reportedly attacked thousands of...

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October 31, 2014
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ITRC Data Breach Rise

2014 has been a big year for data breaches. An unprecedented number of corporate breaches have led to the exposure of sensitive consumer data, according to a recent survey from the Identity Theft...

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October 8, 2014
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ITRC Trick or Treat

October is a really fun month. The weather is turning, fall is in the air, and of course, there’s Halloween! But how can consumers make sure that October is full of treats, while not falling for any scammers’ tricks? By arming...

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September 23, 2014
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ITRC FTC pass it on

If you’ve ever had to help someone understand a new piece of technology or a new app or program, you can end up feeling like a one-person tech support team, but a new campaign is underway that can help you...

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