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How ID Theft Affects Car Owners and Buyers

When Mike Cella walked into a dealership late last year, he didn’t expect he would have any problems trading in his 2009 GMC Yukon Denali for a newer model. That is, not until the Massachusetts car dealer told him he couldn’t give Cella the full blue book trade in value for the truck because it […]

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Identity Theft Victims Wait Nine Months for Tax Refunds

According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), a typical tax identity theft case takes about 180 days — or six months — to resolve, at which point tax payers receive the refunds due to them. The IRS states that they are “working to reduce that time period.” However, according to a new report by the […]

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Stay Vigilant Against Medical Identity Theft

The Medical Identity Fraud Alliance reports that 2.3 million Americans were the victims of medical identity theft in 2014, with total damages adding up to $20 billion. One-fifth of victims suffered a decrease in their credit score, a third lost their health insurance and it cost consumers $13,500 on average to resolve the crimes committed […]

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Protecting Yourself From Identity Theft at the ATM

It is undeniable that automated teller machines, better known as ATMs, are a blessing. They are at practically every corner, open 24/7 and are easy and convenient to use. Life before their existence hardly bears thinking about, much like life before the internet or sliced bread. However, no blessing comes without issues, and our comfort […]

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Common Phishing Scams to Watch Out For

Phishing is the criminal act of acquiring sensitive information such as usernames, passwords or credit card details, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity online. Cyber criminals come up with new ways to compromise internet security every day, but phishing isn’t a new technique. In fact, phishing has been around since 1995, when AOL was the […]

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Protecting Your Child From Identity Theft

An academic study of child identity theft, conducted by Carnegie Mellon CyLab, examined the cases of 40,000 children who received “notice that their personal information may have been compromised during a data breach.” The study found that 10.2 percent of the children in the report had their Social Security numbers (SSN) stolen. Child IDs were […]

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3 Tips to Protect Yourself From Identity Theft

For many identity thieves the crime is a livelihood, which means there is a certain drive that pushes them to continue that crime. This makes it even more important for individuals to take steps to lower their chances of becoming a victim. When 72-year-old Cathryn Parker was finally arrested for identity theft earlier this year, […]

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Dating Schemes and ID Theft

Very few people realize they are about to become a victim of identity theft, especially when they are cultivating online relationships. Jennifer had been single for 15 years when she met the man of her dreams. She found his account on a popular dating website and the more they communicated by phone, email and text […]

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Protecting Your Medical Records From ID Theft

This year the Medical Identity Theft Alliance (MITA) released its 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 medical identity theft incidents increased 21.7 percent in 2014 from 2013. The research estimates that at least 2.32 million adult-aged […]

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4 Identity Theft Protection Tips for College Students

Think back to your college years. You probably remember long nights spent studying, eating microwave noodles until you couldn’t think of the word “ramen” without cringing and checking your bank statements with a sinking feeling in your gut. Most college students take identity theft incredibly lightly because they believe they have nothing to offer a […]

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3 Common Sources of SSN ID Theft

One of the most common methods of Social Security number (SSN) theft might be on its way out, making things just a little more difficult for identity thieves. Medicare will soon omit SSNs from their benefit cards where, for years, the numbers have been used as medical identification. President Obama recently signed a bill that […]

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Voting Machines Fail When It Comes to Password Security — But You Don’t Have To

In a recent study the Virginia Information Technology Agency and outside contractor Pro V&V found that AVS WINVote machines, used in three presidential elections in Virginia, failed to meet simple security standards. In a report called “Security Assessment of WINVote Voting Equipment for Department of Elections,” the Virginia Information Technology Agency “determined that the combination […]

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