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The Secret To Synthetic Identity Theft

Identity thieves use a variety of tactics to commit id theft undetected, and one of the most common ones is called synthetic identity theft. Synthetic id theft occurs when a criminal uses one accurate piece of your identifying information, such as your Social Security number, and mixes it with a lot of fictional information, making […]

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Who Is to Blame for Identity Theft?

Over the past decade more than 1 billion consumer records containing highly sensitive personally identifying information have been exposed to hackers and identity thieves. From Target to Sony, a number of mega corporations have suffered serious data breaches in the last few years alone. Just this month alone Anthem, the second largest healthcare insurer in […]

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Anthem Breach Puts Children At Risk For Identity Theft

The Anthem security breach compromised the healthcare information of millions of Americans, but it seems that some of the most vulnerable targets of identity theft are children whose personal information was saved in those databases. According to NBC News, tens of millions of children had their Social Security numbers, birth dates and healthcare identification numbers […]

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TurboTax Temporarily Suspends All Electronic Filings Amidst Identity Theft Attempts

TurboTax, the largest online tax-software company in the United States, paused all electronic filings after over 19 states detected attempts to obtain fraudulent refunds. The shutdown lasted for 24 hours as company officials worked to bolster security surrounding the online technology. Last year, TurboTax e-filed 21 million state tax returns. According to tax officials in […]

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16 Criminals Indicted In $10 Million Tax Fraud Scheme

A federal grand jury in Pennsylvania recently indicted 16 people on counts of wire fraud and identity theft. ABC News reported that the individuals are mostly from the New York City area, with some ties to Nigeria. Prosecutors said the id theft ring stole more than $10 million from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in […]

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New Study Finds That More Than 2 Million Americans Are Victims Of Medical Identity Theft

The Medical Identity Theft Alliance (MITA) recently released the Fifth Annual Study on Medical Identity Theft, conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance (MIFA). The study found that 2.32 million Americans have been victimized by medical identity theft, and the number of people affected by this crime increased by […]

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Keep Your Child Safe From Identity Theft

Most people don’t think about identity theft being a problem for children, but kids are actually at great risk since they can do little to protect themselves. Criminals can actually use the Social Security numbers of children to procure credit cards, loans, apply for government benefits and pay utilities and mortgages. One victim spoke of […]

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7 Identity Theft Protection Tips For College Students

According to The Financial Times, college students are five times more likely to become victims of identity theft than any other demographic. Security experts have proposed two reasons for this increased risk: College students are living in very close quarters, making them more vulnerable to theft in general, and most do not take the necessary […]

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How To Securely Upgrade Your Mobile Device

If you’re planning on buying a new cell phone, tablet or laptop, it’s important that you know how to securely wipe the data off your old device to avoid identity theft. Your old technology may seem insignificant to you, but these out-of-date, discarded devices are in high demand by identity thieves. Criminals want to gain […]

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Signs That You’re A Victim Of Identity Theft

The FBI has reported that millions of Americans have their identities stolen annually and that identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the nation. Given the amount of technology individuals are using on a daily basis paired with this growing trend of information theft, it’s not a stretch to say that it’s not a […]

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8 Simple Things You Can Do To Protect Your Identity

As individual consumers, we can’t stop security breaches from happening at retailers and institutions, but we can take some simple security precautions that help with identity protection. Do you want to do everything you can to make your personal information secure? Follow these tips to protect your identity to the best of your ability: Check […]

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5 Identity Theft Myths You Should Ignore

According to a recent Gallup poll, the majority of American consumers are more worried about identity theft than any other issue. This hardly seems surprising, since id theft is the fastest growing crime in the country. Stories about it are constantly in the news, and there has also been a dramatic increase in data breaches […]

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