Tag Archives: SSN

FTC Offers Warning, Advice on Tax-Related Identity Theft

Did you know that your Social Security number can help an identity thief get a job, or the tax refund that should be yours? The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, cautions that thieves can use a stolen … Continue reading

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IRS: Dirty Dozen Tax Scams

The Internal Revenue Service has issued its annual “Dirty Dozen” tax scams list, reminding taxpayers to use caution during tax season to protect themselves against a wide range of schemes ranging from identity theft to return preparer fraud. The Dirty … Continue reading

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Phishing Hooks those Too Quick to Click

The first time I took my grand-daughter fishing we did not catch any fish. We did not even get a nipple, but we did have fun. That night sitting watching the camp fire she asked, “Why didn’t we catch anything.” … Continue reading

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Don’t Let Your New Car Drive Away with Your Identity

USA Today: Our cars are getting older, too: Average age now 10.8 years My 1997 Pontiac Bonneville SE’s air conditioning died at the end of last summer and it isn’t just a recharge to fix the problem. The fix is … Continue reading

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Do you have the Most Effective Tool to Protect Your Financial Identity?

Credit Freeze / Security Freeze Freezing your credit is one of the best ways to protect yourself. It will prevent potential creditors, insurers, and others who do not have an existing account or business relationship with you from obtaining or … Continue reading

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Are Your Employees on the Clock 24×7?

Employers have liability when employees commit crimes using company resources. The liability could also involve personal devices that are used for work. Does your employment policy cover employee owned devices? Employers need to be aware that misuse of company smartphones, … Continue reading

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Military Members Need to use Active Duty Alert

Active Duty Alert FTC: “If you are a member of the military and away from your usual duty station, you may place an “active duty alert” on your credit report to help minimize the risk of identity theft while you … Continue reading

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3 Things an Identity Thief Needs to become You

To make you a victim of Identity Theft the thief only needs: Your Name Your Birthday Your Social Security Number Name Ok, it may be impossible to hide your name. It would be helpful if you only used a nick … Continue reading

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Medical Identity Theft Exploding

Ponemon Institute: “Our study found that the number of data breaches among healthcare organizations participating in the 2010 and 2011 studies is still growing—eroding patient privacy and contributing to medical identity theft. On average, it is estimated that data breaches … Continue reading

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Stop Unsolicited offers for Credit Cards and Insurance in 2012

OptOutPreScreen.com is the official Consumer Credit Bureau website to Opt-Out or Opt-In from offers of credit and insurance. The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) provides consumers the right to stop receiving future prescreened offers. Companies that solicit new credit card … Continue reading

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