Term: identity fraud
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Help! I Think Someone Opened a Credit Card in My Name

By Steven Shaw on 5/18/2016

Maybe it’s a sudden influx of subprime credit card offers in your mailbox. Or a bill from an issuer you don’t recognize. Or, even, a debt collection notice regarding a charged-off account you never opened.

Whatever telltale sign emerges, you now have reason to believe a credit card has been taken out in your name. While it can be hard to quell your panic, there are some steps you can take to remedy the situation and prevent further identity theft from taking place.

Here’s how to address a fraudulent credit card account.

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How to Master Your Facebook Privacy Settings

By Steven Shaw on 7/1/2015

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If you’re on Facebook, you probably love the convenience of connecting with friends and relatives. But did you know that identity thieves also love the convenience of Facebook for finding personally identifiable information (PII) about you?

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Should You Ever Link Your Bank Account to an App?

By Steven Shaw on 6/25/2015

Should You Ever Link Your Bank Account to an App?

Consumers routinely share their online banking passwords with third-party apps that help with everything from budgeting to tax preparation. Apparently banks would like this to stop. JPMorgan Chase posted this notice on its website in April:

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Help! Someone Took Out a Student Loan in My Name

By Steven Shaw on 6/19/2015

Help! Someone Took Out a Student Loan in My Name

Some students worry about whether they’ll get the financial aid they need to pay for the next semester of college. Others wonder why there is a record of them taking out student loans when they didn’t apply — and now they can’t get the loans they need. Consider these scary scenarios readers have told us about recently:

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Your Credit Card Might Have an Off Switch Soon

By Steven Shaw on 8/13/2014

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Emerging technology gives consumers the ability to turn their credit and debit cards on and off through a smartphone app, a capability that can not only help families and businesses control how authorized users shop with the card but also, and perhaps more importantly, help prevent card fraud.

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8 Numbers Identity Thieves Want to Steal From You

By Steven Shaw on 5/29/2014

8 Numbers Identity Thieves Want to Steal From You 

The Star Wars Cantina of cybercriminals targeting your identity, healthcare, finances and privacy today might seem like a movie you’ve seen so many times you could lip sync the entire thing. Nevertheless, cybercrime and identity-related scams change faster than trending hashtags on Twitter, and the fact is nobody knows what’s going to happen next. Who would have thought Apple’s iCloud was vulnerable (much less to ransomware)? Or eBay? Data breaches are now the third certainty in life and sooner or later, you will become a victim.

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The 4 Ways You’ll Get Hacked

By Steven Shaw on 1/16/2014

The 4 Ways You’ll Get Hacked (The Real “Ish”) 

Amid all the news that hackers gave gotten their hands on millions of credit card numbers and contact information from at least five retailers – including Target and Neiman Marcus – many of you might be wondering what those thieves could really net from just an email address, home address, phone number or a credit card number. The answer depends on you, and what kind of “ish” you could get sucked in by.

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The ABCs of Back-to-School Identity Theft Protection

By Steven Shaw on 8/7/2013

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Parents, add this to your back-to-school shopping list: identity theft protection tips and supplies.

It’s that hectic time of year again when you’re repeatedly asked to share your child’s personal information for school registration, sports sign-up forms and dorm move-ins.

But you may be exposing your child to fraud when you’re filling out those forms. Every year, nearly 500,000 children under the age of 18 fall victim to identity theft. Identity thieves often target kids because they have pristine credit profiles and dormant Social Security numbers (SSNs).

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Smishing: A Serious Identity Theft Scheme

By Steven Shaw on 7/26/2013

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Smishing is an identity theft scheme that involves sending consumers text messages containing a link to a fraudulent website or a phone number in an attempt to collect personal information. This scheme is becoming increasingly popular and consumers should know how to determine if they are being targeted by these criminals and how ensure that their mobile devices are secure.

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Can You Check Your Child’s Credit Report?

By Steven Shaw on 6/14/2013

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There seems to be no shortage of valuable information about “adult” identity theft, including a vast amount of crime statistics and prevention advice, yet such information about ID thieves targeting children — though at times equally damaging to the victim and often taking much longer to resolve — has received much less of the spotlight.

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