Author: Nikki Junker

ITRC Public WiFi Usage Whitepaper: Does Public WiFi Attract Data Thieves?

The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) recently conducted its Public WiFi Usage Survey in order to ascertain the level of consumer knowledge, awareness, and usage of public WiFi.

It is important to do research on this topic as public WiFi assumes an ever more expanding role in a widening portion of consumers, posing an alarming amount of potential hacking, identity theft and fraud.


Staying Safe on Ebay

For over ten years eBay has been used by consumers to find deals on the things they want as well as an affordable way to sell items, whether you are cleaning out your attic or starting a small business. But like with most things online, you need to know the facts in order to avoid those who wish to scam you and take your money.


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It’s That Time Again…Back-to-School Safety Tips from Preschool Through College

Going back to school is an exciting time for students and parents alike. Children are one year older, parents watch their young ones grow, and college students are one step closer to their futures. It’s a time full of new experiences. It is also a time that scam artists love to exploit. When preparing for the new school year, there are some things everybody should keep in mind.



How Not to Get Scammed When You Report a Scam or Fraud

When a consumer becomes a victim of fraudulent activities by a business or individual, one of the first things he or she wants to do is report the crime. However, there appears to be a new scam out though that is re-victimizing the consumers by charging them to do what the victims can do just as easily themselves.


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Findings from The ITRC’s Parenting and Social Media Study

The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) recently conducted a survey which attempted to measure the actions and level of concern parents have in relation to their children’s social media activity.  This study was conducted in order to better understand how aware parents are of the potential dangers social media pose to their children, and how adept they are in their attempts to keep their children safe.

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Protecting the Identities of the Deceased

When a loved one passes away, the last thing we want to think about is if there will be credit cards opened in the future using their information.  That being said, here  are a few ways to protect the identities of our deceased loved ones….

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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., 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.


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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Western Union Scams

Scams come in many different forms, but the end result is always the same.  The goal of any scam is to take something of worth from someone using false pretensions. Most often that something is money. One popular scam is for the thief to “social engineer” a way of having a consumer wire them funds through Western Union.