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Real stories from victims of ID theft and advice on how you can protect yourself.


How Scam Artists Use Dating Sites

Last month three of the main online dating sites developed a new tool to help site users from becoming the victim of such scams. Match.com, eHarmony.com and Spark Networks recently announced that they will begin screening for online predators.  While many have focused on the fact that this will include screening for sexual predators, we would like to focus on another type of predator they will be working to root out; scam artists. Read More

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Questions about Facebook and Parenting – ITRC Social Media Survey 2012

The Identity Theft Resource Center recently launched a survey in order to understand what parents are doing to monitor their children’s social media and mobile activities.  To enter the contest just visit the ITRC’s website and click on the Do You Have Children Who Use Social Media? link or click here to take the survey directly. The contest will run through May 31, 2012.  Five $100 prize winners will be announced and contacted on June 1, 2012.  The survey results will be released on the ITRC website shortly thereafter.

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Stopping Identity Theft When You Trade Online

If you’re one of the millions of investors who plays the stock market, you’re probably hooked on the incredible convenience and the lightning speed of online trading. Unfortunately, so is another group. Two federal agencies and a private watchdog group recently warned investors that hacker-traders are hijacking consumer brokerage accounts and exploiting them for financial gain.  Find out what you can do to protect yourself against identity theft when you trade online.

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There’s an App for Everything…Even Identity Theft

While most of us never thought we would be able to order a pizza from a phone while driving down the freeway, this is now the reality.  These apps can be incredibly helpful, but users must remain cautious and alert in order to protect themselves.  The steps outlined in this post should help do just that.

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What Seniors Need to Know About Online Identity Theft

Thanks to advances in healthcare, seniors can look forward to living longer and more productive lives than ever before.  But increasingly, something they haven’t bargained for may also be in their future – the prospect of becoming a victim of online identity theft and online fraud.  If you’re a senior, find out how to protect yourself from the silent crime that could mar your golden years.

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Identity Theft and Emergency Situations

Hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, earthquakes, floods, blizzards, and manmade disasters are all things that we need to be concerned about as consumers.  Find out steps to take to protect yourself, and your identity, before an emergency situation or natural disaster. Read More

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How to Report a Scam

The types of scams thieves can utilize are virtually limitless, and the prevalence of social networking and the ever-increasing use of technology in everyday lives have made these scams all the more simple to perpetrate.  If you have fallen victim to a scam, or even if you’ve only been targeted but were quick enough to spot the scam for what it was before volunteering your personal information, there are a few quick steps you can take to properly report the scam, in the hopes that the thief will not be able to victimize more unsuspecting consumers in the future. Read More

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Are You at Risk for Identity Theft? Take the Quiz

Maybe you have heard about identity theft in the news.  Perhaps you even know someone who has become a victim.  However, identity theft still remains one of those things that always happens “to someone else”. If you have wondered if it could happen to you then here is a quick quiz to gauge how at risk you are for becoming a victim of identity theft. Answer the questions below and add up the corresponding numbers to get your score:

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The Military and Identity Theft

When the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces are deployed for duty, the last thing on their mind should be whether or not someone will steal their identity while they are gone. Read More

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Lax Information Security Makes Hotels Low Hanging Fruit for Hackers

Let’s face it, hackers love hotels.  And not because they want to get away from it all. The huge volume of personal information collected, transmitted and stored by the hospitality industry has made it a prime target for cybercrime, according to a 2011 report by Willis Group Holdings, a global insurance broker. As hotels push consumers to conduct more of their business online, they’ve opened the door to cybercrime. Check out what you can do to protect your online security before you check in.

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