Identity Theft

Defending Yourself Against Online Fraud

Online fraud is similar to other types of fraud in that it can result from thieves using deception for financial gain. The primary difference is the medium. Online fraudsters use techniques such as phishing, malware and tab nabbing to convince you to reveal your essential financial information electronically. Fighting online fraud is important because online […]

📅 JUN 06, 2014

What You Should Know about Healthcare Scams

Medical identity theft and healthcare scams have been around a long time, and unfortunately they can lead to an impact on your credit score, financial well-being and even your health. The newest -scams surrounding the Affordable Care Act are particularly insidious. Scammers are playing on both the optimism of people who hope to protect their […]

📅 MAY 30, 2014

Who Is Most At Risk For Identity Theft?

In 2013, identity theft and fraud accounted for nearly 70% of consumer complaints according to the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book. While that statistic underscores the need for everyone to be aware of and take steps to prevent identity theft, data indicates that certain groups are at greater risk. People age 20 […]

📅 MAY 01, 2014

How the Heartbleed Bug Could Impact Your Personal Information

The Heartbleed Bug gained household notoriety quickly after news broke about the cyber-security threat. The bug has already compromised the personal data stored by some of the world’s most popular websites. Whether you believe you have been a victim of the Heartbleed bug’s risks or not, we have an update that may help prevent your […]

📅 APR 22, 2014

Identity Theft: Before and After Basics

Prevention is worth a pound of cure, but when it comes to protecting your identity, it’s important to be prepared to do both. Take steps to secure your identity and have a plan for what you’ll do if the worst does happen. Identity protection tips You can take action to minimize your risk of becoming […]

📅 FEB 14, 2014

Free Simple Methods to Prevent Identity Theft

With little more than your name, address, date of birth and Social Security number, a thief can do just about anything he wants with your identity. He can run up your credit cards, empty your bank accounts and apply for new credit in your name. While recovering from identity theft can be difficult, time-consuming and […]

📅 FEB 07, 2014

Why Thieves Don’t Need Your Credit Card to Sabotage Your Credit

It’s true that if your credit card information gets into the wrong hands, bad things can happen. But identity thieves don’t need your actual credit card — or even your card number — to sabotage your good credit. Before you become the next victim of identity theft, learn the steps you can do to prevent […]

📅 JAN 15, 2014

Target Data Breach Hit Home for Many Consumers

There’s a lot of information swirling around the internet about the Target credit card breach that affected approximately 40 million customers from November 27 – December 15, 2013. Some of it’s true. But unfortunately in times like this, scammers take advantage of heightened vulnerability and you may need to take extra precautions to protect your […]

📅 DEC 28, 2013

When Suspicion is a Good Thing – How Banks Track Suspicious Activity

More than one singer has crooned about the toxic affect suspicion can have on a relationship, but when it comes to your relationship with your bank, suspicion may be a good thing. Your bank’s vigilance can help you detect, catch and correct suspicious behavior that may indicate fraud on your account. So what types of […]

📅 DEC 10, 2013

Top 4 Identity Protection Tips for Online Shoppers

Americans are forecast to spend as much as $82 billion shopping online this holiday season, the National Retail Federation’s predicts. That kind of volume means a lot of financial and personal information will be flying through the ether. If you’ll be shopping online for holiday gifts, are you doing everything you can to protect […]

📅 NOV 27, 2013