Category Archives: Identity Theft

Equifax Breach, Revisited: Four More Steps to Protect Yourself

On September 9th, I created a blog (What Should You Do about the Equifax Data Breach) and recommended that consumers who are concerned about the recent breach at Equifax (and more than 160 million of us should be concerned) should … Continue Reading

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What Should You Do about the Equifax Data Breach?

Many consumers were unnerved to learn that Equifax, the giant credit-reporting corporation, suffered a data breach between mid-May and July that exposed sensitive personal information for an estimated 143 million individuals. The information obtained by hackers included Social Security numbers, … Continue Reading

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Keeping Your Finances Safe Online

With more and more financial data being stored in and accessed by computers (and even mobile phones), and with untold millions of transactions taking place on the websites of retailers, banks, and others, it has never been more important to … Continue Reading

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Beware of IRS Telephone Scams

Have you ever received an email purportedly from a friend who is travelling and finds him or herself without a passport and credit card and needs your cash to get back home? Or perhaps you’ve been contacted by someone claiming … Continue Reading

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Guard your Social Security Number

If your debit card number is stolen, the worst thing that can happen is that the thief can run up charges that you will ultimately have to place numerous phone calls to have refunded. However, if a thief gets his … Continue Reading

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Help McGruff “Take a Bite Out of Financial Crime”

October is National Crime Prevention month—a time when the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and their “spokesdog” McGruff ask us to join them in working to “Take A Bite Out Of Crime®.” Since the first national Crime Month in 1984, … Continue Reading

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Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Do you know the meaning of “dumpster diving,” “skimming,” or “phishing?” According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), these are just a few of the methods thieves use to steal your personal information. Dumpster diving involves rummaging through trash looking … Continue Reading

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