10 #Essential Steps for #Protecting Your #Identity

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Identity theft can have far-reaching consequences. You could lose access to your financial accounts, or find yourself with a surprise lien on your house. You might even end up under arrest. What can you do to head off these alarming eventualities? Here are some simple tips that can help you…


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Wait until you #see how #easy it is to #steal your #identity.

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“You feel like a victim every day.” If there was a poster child for identity theft. It would be this woman. Violated so many times, she and her husband are scared to show their identity. “Probably about a dozen times all together,” she said. It’s not that they’re not careful….


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How #credit card #chips help keep your #identity safe

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 In just that past 6 years, identity thieves have stolen more than $107 billion dollars from consumers nationwide, according to the 2017 Identity Fraud Study. To help crack down, banks and retailers started using credit cards and debit cards with chips and chip card readers, but why aren’t all retailers…


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NATRONA #COUNTY #AUTHORITIES SEARCH FOR ALLEGED #IDENTITY THIEF

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The Natrona County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s help in their search for a woman who is wanted for felony identity theft. Lisa May Shelton, 44, is described as a white female standing roughly 5’5″ tall and weighing 200 pounds. She has blonde hair and green eyes. The Natrona…


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Not Just a #Financial #Toll: Some #Victims of #Identity #Theft Consider #Suicide

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Identity theft can be more than a hassle — replacing credit cards, closing bank accounts, or changing passwords. But for some victims, it can be a life-altering experience that also causes serious emotional problems and can even drive some to consider suicide. “Some victims get very depressed. They feel shame…


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Debit and #ATM Card #Identity Theft – What You Do not Know Will #Hurt You!

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The largest risk associated with ATM or debit cards is identity theft done by way of stolen PINs. To access your bank accounts, identify thieves typically have several ways of obtaining your PIN. One way that an identity thief can obtain your PIN is if you write down your PIN…


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‘Don’t #fall #prey to #identity thieves’

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She was behaving strangely, adding all her friends on a new Facebook account and even asking them for money. Claiming that she had lost her phone, she asked for their numbers and mobile service provider, too. The reason for this unusual behaviour: it simply wasn’t her. Kam, a company executive…


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Woman #steals nurse’s #identity, practices #nursing without #license

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Raquel Hayes had many fooled for years, pretending to be an elementary school nurse from Clover, South Carolina. That’s because authorities in Memphis say she took a nurse’s license from a stranger with the same first name and used it to get jobs at several health care facilities between…


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IRS warning: #Tax refunds face #theft due to #Equifax #hacking

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The massive hacking of Equifax, one of the three major credit reporting agencies, could have a catastrophic impact on next year’s tax season with the returns of over 100 million Americans now at risk, according to a warning to the IRS and Treasury Department. The hacking revealed the Social Security…


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Commissioner #Calvert becomes #victim of #identity theft

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SAN ANTONIO – Police are tracking an identity thief who investigators believe may be connected to a sophisticated credit fraud ring. A recent victim happens to be Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Calvert. “It’s a very frustrating thing I can tell you that, but they attacked the wrong guy we’re going after…


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Child #identity theft, often #unnoticed until #college

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The Federal Trade Commission defines child identity theft as another person using a child’s personal or financial information to make purchases, get benefits, file taxes or commit fraud. Susan Cosgrove, a family resource management area agent with the Mississippi State University Extension Service in Newton County, said this theft often…


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If a #Hacker Steals Your #Identity, Are You Still You?

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Your identity is stolen. A difficult situation—especially if you’re wealthy American expatriate, Dickie Greenleaf, a young man living the high life in 1950s Rome who is murdered by Matt Damon in The Talented Mr. Ripley. After dispatching said Mr. Greenleaf in a particularly unpleasant way, Mr. Ripley steals his identity. This…


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Beware #fake #CRA #phishing scams that have already #ensnared thousands of #Canadians

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Joanna Cicino’s baby was just five months old when she got a robo-call from someone who said he was officer Craig Williams from the Canada Revenue Agency. “He was very aggressive,” she says, adding that her cellphone log showed the toll-free, 844 number was from Vietnam. “He was making it…


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CT Among #States Most #Vulnerable to #Identity Theft and #Fraud, #Analysis Finds

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Identity theft and Connecticut seem to go hand-in-hand, according to a new analysis of the prevalence of identity theft across the country. Connecticut ranked among the most vulnerable, at number 10 for identity theft and fraud and number 7 in identity theft complaints per capita. The credit-monitoring site WalletHub released…


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Why #Should You Be #Concerned With #Identity Theft?

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The prevalence of identity theft is alarming. It seems that we learn of major data breaches concerning compromised consumer information more on a regular basis compared to a few years back. Are companies not implementing the necessary protection to ensure that consumer data are secure or are hackers getting to…


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Getting rid of #social security #numbers is not the #answer

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It doesn’t matter what the data is, whether it’s a nine-digit number, a biometric marker or a barcode you carry with you at all times – if it’s not protected with the highest level of security available, it’s just another item for hackers to steal. When the nine-digit Social Security…


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Beware #tax refund #ID theft — and #excessive #dining out

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Before we get to our promised subjects of more identity theft issues, why some employers check the credit reports of prospective employees, and a story of teachers who finally followed through on some advice, there is one quick thing that I want to address. Is it me, or are those…


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A Student’s #Guide on How to Help #Protect Against #Identity Theft

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Your college career is supposed to be about finding yourself and forging your identity—not having it stolen. But, in the United States, over 15 million consumers experienced identity fraud in 2016. There’s a new victim of identity fraud every two seconds, according to the 2017 Fraud Study from Javelin Strategy…


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His backpack got stolen in San Francisco. Then he got a hospital bill for $52,310.

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It’s well documented that emergency room surgeries can be shockingly expensive. That fact was driven home recently for one Daly City man who got a call from the billing department of Seton Hospital asking if he needed help paying off a $52,310 bill for an emergency room medical procedure. The man…


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Identity #theft alert: How 77,0000 Canadians lost $99 million last year in #extortion, #phishing and #romance scams

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Randy Chester was visiting one of his usual second-hand haunts this summer, a Value Village in Toronto’s east end, when he spied a beautiful shirt and vest for $20. Excited about his new finds, he tapped his debit card, only to be shocked by the resulting message: Insufficient funds. “I…


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