Recently, Robert Grimes published an article on InfoWorld that detailed the most likely reasons that we end up being a target for hackers. Click to find out the top four reasons he identified — and learn the top ways to keep your sensitive online information safe and avoid becoming a victim of a hacker.
Tagged: identity theft
A man has been arrested in New York for allegedly participating in an international telecommunications fraud scheme that used more than 1,000 stolen identities to activate fraudulent mobile phone accounts. He then made telephone calls to fraudulent overseas numbers that charged a premium connection fee.
Click to find out why the “dialing for dollars” scheme could land him in prison for 20 years!
Identity theft related tax fraud remains a significant problem, despite the IRS preventing an alarming $20 billion of fraudulent refunds in 2012. This is a large increase in protection of refunds, $6 billion more than in 2011.
Click to find out more about what the IRS is doing for both fraud prevention and victim assistance.
Last week we reviewed the new Identity Thief movie and shared a trailer of the hilarious hijinks between Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman. Not surprisingly, the subject of identity theft is getting a lot of mainstream coverage these days. In fact, the Today show’s website recently ran an article suggesting that identity theft is not as funny as in the movies.
Click to learn more about how Hollywood publicizing such a crime is forcing people to talk about an issue that is often misunderstood at best, ignored at worst. Plus, we share great security tips from our good friends at the Identity Theft Resource Council!
Funnywoman Melissa McCarthy, hilarious Jason Bateman, and a movie focused on raising awareness of identity theft? Bring on the popcorn!
The Identity Thief comedy, which premieres February 8, will hopefully raise awareness in a comical way. Click below to check out the trailer and prepare to laugh!
It’s Tax Season 2013 but are you taking all necessary steps to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft? Sadly, millions of Americans have already become victims of tax-related fraud and will now need to use a special PIN when filing their returns. Yet another “hurdle” for victims to have to jump through or a benefit for victims?
Also worth listening to is an IRS-produced podcast entitled “Are You a Victim of Identity Theft?” that’s included in this article.
Connecting to WiFi with a Little Help from Your Facebook Friends and a Lot of Access for Your Enemies
If you’re one of the millions of Wifi users constantly looking for new ways to connect, a new free app called Instabridge might sound like just the ticket. The company promises to build the world’s largest Wifi network by letting users connect to their friends’ Wifi via Facebook.
But what would that mean for your wireless security and your privacy? We don’t think you’ll like the answer.
It is nearing the end of 2012 and it if you haven’t made your new year’s resolution by now, you better get started. This year was a big year for identity theft. From data breaches to new technology, identity thieves were quite active and show no signs of slowing down in 2013. So why not make your new year’s resolution about protecting yourself from identity theft?
Read on for some great examples of resolutions you can make to make sure your 2013 isn’t marred by a nasty case of identity theft.
Army Captain Stephen Redmon spent a year serving his country in Iraq. But it wasn’t until the young artillery officer returned home that he fell victim to an unseen enemy that turned his life upside down. Capt. Redmon’s paycheck was stolen online by an identity thief.
He’s not alone. Identity theft is the Number One military complaint reported to the FTC. If you’re in the armed services, find out how you can avoid becoming the next casualty.
Skim any travel website this holiday season and you’re bound to find an article or two about online security and traveling. The articles certainly raise awareness of the precarious security situation while in airports and hotels, but they also generally fall short in a few ways.
Read more to learn three tips that supplement any on-the-road security plan to safeguard your sensitive personal information and avoid having your identity (or credit card number) stolen this month.
The holiday season is here and that means tons of shopping.
We all want the best deals, which used to mean running from store to store looking a bargain. These days it is much easier to find the best price by comparing websites from the comfort of our laptop, tablet, or smartphone.
Read on for seven simple ways to help lower the risks of shopping online.