Author: Nikki Junker

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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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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.

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.

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A Very Dangerous Typo

When using the Internet, those who shun caution while typing usually have nothing to worry about save perhaps a Facebook friend telling them they have horrible grammar.  There is, however, one type of typo that can leave you with a computer full of malware.  This can lead to expensive computer repairs, diminished computer performance, or even identity theft. This type of typo is the kind you may punch into a URL/address bar of your internet browser.

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What is RFID and is it Safe?

A great deal of public discussion is currently going on regarding credit cards which have RFID technology. Many people don’t know what it is, how it works, or what it is for.  Find out about this technology.

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Facebook ITRC Survey

The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), a nationally recognized non-profit focusing on identity theft and related issues, has just launched a Facebook Social Media Survey to measure interaction trends between internet users and Facebook.  The ITRC is conducting this survey in order to better help victims with Facebook-related identity theft concerns and issues.

 

 

 

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Craigslist Scams

Craigslist has become one of the prominent online tools to find…well just about anything.  From job offers, to used cars, the site is one of the most convenient and comprehensive ways to buy or sell nearly any good or service.  The ease of use and lack of expense draws all sorts of people to the site…and cyber criminals, fraudsters, and identity thieves are no exception.

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No, You Didn’t Win the Lottery

Have you ever received an email from the United Nations compensation Fund about a large sum of money that you are entitled to? At one point or another, we have all received these types of emails. The content of the emails may change, however, the ultimate goal of those behind the scenes remains the same – to get you to give them money or your personal information… which of course they will then use to get your money.

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Celebrity Scams and Social Media

The internet thrives on the public’s interest in celebrities. It is no wonder then why scammers and hackers use celebrities’ identities in order to lure unsuspecting consumers into their traps.  It seems as though a celebrity’s status can be measured on whether or not they have had a scam posted using their name.  You’re nobody until someone runs a Facebook scam about you.

 

 

 

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Learn All About The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC)

Editor’s Note:  Every Wednesday Nikki Junker from the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) guest posts a piece that relates to identity theft. This week we asked her to tell our readers about The ITRC and the resources available.

Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) was established in December 1999 to support victims of identity theft in resolving their cases, and to broaden public education and awareness in the understanding of identity theft. In addition to victim services and consumer education, ITRC works in partnership with other groups and agencies involved in the battle against this crime.

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Emotional Impact of Identity Theft

 

Identity theft is a complex problem and it can affect the emotional stability of the victim and that of the victim’s family.  At one point or another, victims of this crime may experience helplessness, anger, rage, betrayal, depression, isolation, vulnerability, and an inability to trust those around them.  Feeling overwhelmed, experiencing a psychological pain of loss, and a loss of control over their life are common emotions.  It is important to understand that identity theft is a life-altering crime.