Identity Theft

Identity Theft

How Does Identity Theft Protection Work?

As identity theft numbers reach record levels, more people are turning to identity protection services to help safeguard their financial reputation.

on Tue, 2009-05-19 17:00

Identity Thieves Prey on Job Seekers

Are you out of work and looking for a job? Unfortunately, there may be some people out there who wish to prey on your bad fortune. Identity thieves in particular have recently ramped up activity as they seek to take advantage of our country's bad economic situation and turn it into a goldmine for themselves. So, how are they doing it?

on Tue, 2009-03-17 17:00

Beware of Identity Theft on Social Networking Sites

Popular social networking sites, such as Facebook and MySpace, have become all the rage in recent years. And while they are undoubtedly a great way to connect with friends you probably forgot about years ago, they have also become an increasingly popular target for identity thieves who want to gain access to your personal information.

on Sun, 2009-03-01 16:00

Freeze Your Credit Reports to Prevent Identity Theft

While millions of consumers continue to fall victim to identity theft each year, many are starting to fight back with new tools— credit alerts and credit freezes. Sounds effective, right? Though they are a great way to prevent thieves from opening new credit in your name, credit alerts and freezes are unfortunately not a total silver bullet. So, before you rush out to lock up your credit, read on to learn about these techniques, how they can prevent , and where they might fall short.

on Thu, 2009-02-05 16:00

Credit Card Fraud: How It Happens and What to Do About It

It may start off practically unnoticeable, with a few charges here and there. Over time, though, your credit card statements begin to reflect purchases in places you're quite sure you've never visited. Items show up that you know you didn't buy. You start to notice charges from distant gas stations, restaurants and even online purchases. Is it just an oversight on behalf of your credit card company, or are you a victim of credit card fraud?

on Sun, 2008-12-14 16:00

Leave Your Social Security Card at Home

Is it really necessary to carry your social security card around with you like a driver's license? Not at all, yet many people sill tote around one of the most confidential pieces of personal information as if they might need it at any moment. If you do, you're taking a great risk because identity thieves armed with your social security number can do a lot more than simply open up a fraudulent credit card account. They can essentially start a whole new life using your SSN as the foundation.

on Mon, 2008-12-01 16:00

Checking Your Credit Report for Signs of Identity Theft

Most of us have seen the clever commercials that portray identity theft victims boasting about illegal purchases with dubbed voices that are clearly not their own. While entertaining and just plain funny, these ads have also helped raise consumer awareness of the real dangers associated with identity theft and credit-card fraud.

on Thu, 2008-11-13 16:00

What To Do When Someone Steals Your Identity

Think you're having a bad day? Stuck in traffic, late for work, your kid is flunking math, the kitchen is a mess after dropping an egg? Well, you can relax and count your blessings. Because as horrible as those days might be, they pale in comparison to the ulcer-inducing rush of discovering that someone out there has not only stolen your identity, but is also hard at work leveraging your lifelong pursuit of solvency while sending your credit score plummeting and sucking your bank accounts dry. What to do about it? There's plenty, actually.

on Wed, 2008-10-08 17:00

Beware of High-Tech Identity Theft Tactics

For the eighth year in a row, identity theft led the way in 2007 as "the number one consumer complaint category". The list of Top Consumer Fraud Complaints also reported that the most common form of identity theft was credit card fraud, which accounted for a large portion of the $1.2 billion in consumer fraud losses last year. It's clear that identity theft is not only here to stay, but it's one of the fastest growing crimes in America.

on Sat, 2008-09-20 17:00

Beware of Voter Registration ID Theft Scam

Identity theft scammers never grow tired of finding new ways to deceive the unknowing into divulging personal information over the phone. In fact, the recently reported that identity theft scammers are hard at work using the looming election day as a new way to steal your personal information. Don't be fooled - protect yourself and your credit score!

on Sat, 2008-08-30 17:00