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Weekly Identity Theft Tips

Weekly Identity Theft Tips

  • Weekly Tip: Use credit, not debit, when shopping online
    Dec 04, 2013
    With the holiday season in full swing, shopping is at its peak. But if you’re ordering things on the web, by phone, or mail order, be sure to use a credit card. Consumers often use debit today...
  • Know Your Credit Card Billing Cycle
    Aug 17, 2011
    It sounds obvious, but there are actually several reasons why you need to keep close tabs on your credit cards' billing cycles. The first one that should come to mind is you need to know when your...
  • Keep Your Bluetooth Secure
    May 26, 2011
    You're probably lugging around a lot of Bluetooth-enabled devices these days. And while it may be hard to leave home without them, smartphones, laptops, netbooks, iPads and Bluetooth headsets have...
  • How to Deal with a Lost Credit Card
    Aug 02, 2010
    The FCBA (Fair Credit Billing Act) limits your liability for unauthorized credit card charges to a maximum of $50. So if you just realized your credit card is missing, there's no reason to enter "...
  • Identity Theft: Debit Cards vs. Credit Cards
    Jun 20, 2010
    If you're not concerned about identity theft, you should be. More than 11 million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2009, surpassing $50 million in total losses, and these numbers show no...
  • Beware of Skimmers & Shoulder Surfers
    May 02, 2010
    Identity theft and credit card fraud already account for billions in consumer fraud losses every year. Unfortunately, these crimes shows no sign of slowing down as thieves grow sneakier and more...
  • How to Activate a Credit Freeze
    Mar 28, 2010
    A credit freeze prevents lenders from pulling, viewing and thus modifying your credit reports. No one, including yourself, should be able to open any type of credit in your name while a freeze is...
  • Holidays are a Hotbed for ID Theft
    Oct 19, 2009
    The Holiday season means more shopping than usual for most of us. Whether you like it or not, you'll probably spend more time than any other season of the year searching for the perfect gifts in...
  • How Does Identity Theft Protection Work?
    May 19, 2009
    As identity theft numbers reach record levels, more people are turning to identity protection services to help safeguard their financial reputation. You've heard the commercials on the airways,...
  • Identity Thieves Prey on Job Seekers
    Mar 17, 2009
    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...
  • Beware of Identity Theft on Social Networking Sites
    Mar 01, 2009
    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...
  • Freeze Your Credit Reports to Prevent Identity Theft
    Feb 05, 2009
    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?...
  • Credit Card Fraud: How It Happens and What to Do About It
    Dec 14, 2008
    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...
  • Leave Your Social Security Card at Home
    Dec 01, 2008
    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...
  • Checking Your Credit Report for Signs of Identity Theft
    Nov 13, 2008
    Most of us have seen the clever Citibank commercials that portray identity theft victims boasting about illegal purchases with dubbed voices that are clearly not their own. While entertaining and...
  • What To Do When Someone Steals Your Identity
    Oct 08, 2008
    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...
  • Beware of High-Tech Identity Theft Tactics
    Sep 20, 2008
    For the eighth year in a row, identity theft led the way in 2007 as "the number one consumer complaint category". The Federal Trade Commission's list of Top Consumer Fraud Complaints also reported...
  • Beware of Voter Registration ID Theft Scam
    Aug 30, 2008
    Identity theft scammers never grow tired of finding new ways to deceive the unknowing into divulging personal information over the phone. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission recently reported that...
  • ID Theft Tops FTC's List—Are You Protecting Your Good Name?
    Jun 12, 2008
    For the eighth year in a row, identity theft led the way in 2007 as "the number one consumer complaint category".  The Federal Trade Commission's List of Top Consumer Fraud Complaints also reported...