Term: identity theft
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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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Facebook’s Privacy Policy Update Delayed After Complaints, FTC Review

By Steven Shaw on 9/13/2013

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Not so fast, Facebook.

The Federal Trade Commission is reviewing proposed changes to Facebook’s privacy policy concerning the use of user names and images in advertisements, according to multiple published reports. Implementation of the new policy is already a week overdue, a delay that coincides with filing of complaints by various privacy organizations last week asking for the FTC to intercede.

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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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How to Protect Yourself at the ATM

By Steven Shaw on 5/16/2013

How to Protect Yourself at the ATM

What would life be without the 2.2 million automated teller machines (ATMs) that give millions of Americans ready access to their bank accounts every day? ATMs are convenient for anyone who needs fast access to cash — including, unfortunately, identity thieves.

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This Week in Credit News: Avoiding Financial Pitfalls

By Steven Shaw on 4/26/2013

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The biggest news this week is all about the traps and pitfalls awaiting consumers when it comes to student loans, identity theft and payday loans.

4 Ways to Deal With Student Loan Debt Collectors

Student debt expert Mitchell Weiss has received a lot of requests from readers who are struggling to work with student loan collection companies in finding a way to pay down their balances.

In this article, Weiss explains that the collection companies hired by student loan originators are more apt to put borrowers into loan “fixes” that actually can hurt the borrower in the long run. He warns consumers to make sure they don’t sign up for a loan modification that allows the loan to become negatively amortized, thus adding to the balance of the loan in the long run, while lowering payments in the short term.

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Lose Your Social Security Card? Here’s What to Do.

By Steven Shaw on 3/22/2013

Lose Your Social Security Card? Here's What to Do.

Most people know which documents contain sensitive information and require special care. But do you know what to do if you lose your Social Security card, credit card or driver’s license? There are two concerns when you lose a card or document that contains sensitive information — retrieving it for your personal use and doing whatever you can to prevent identity theft that could result from the loss. Here’s a guide for getting through the loss of sensitive documents.

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5 Things to Do Immediately If Your Identity Is Stolen

By Steven Shaw on 1/16/2013

5 Things to Do Immediately If Your Identity Is Stolen

There are several things you should do if you are the victim of identity theft but here are the very first five actions to take as soon as you discover that you are a victim:
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