How to Avoid Identity Theft

We Make Identity Theft Too Easy

June 9, 2017 | Joe Pye

More than half of Americans have been, or know, a victim of identity theft. They still barely protect themselves.

Everyone’s At Risk Of Identity Theft

June 8, 2017 | Gregory Cox

Rich or poor, hackers want your information

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Chris From Debt Free Geek Believes in Intensity

May 31, 2017 | Brian Bienkowski

It not only helps him stay debt-free, it also protects him.

Banks At Highest Risk For Hack

May 30, 2017 | Joe Pye

Experts say it’s likely that multiple companies will be hacked at same time this year.

Information Technology Departments Don’t Care About Security

May 29, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Most customers believe companies are responsible for securing their personal information, but only two-thirds of company officers and IT professionals agree with that.

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Banks Warn Customers About Fraud More Often

May 25, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Whether it’s a text message, phone call, email or letter, your banking institution can let you know when fraudulent activity occurs on your account. Do you get fraud alerts?

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Cyber Attacks are Growing, Protection Isn’t

May 15, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Businesses are treating their companies a lot like we treat our homes — the physical property is protected, but the online property isn’t.

Banking apps may be better than you think.

Americans Give Up Security for Deals

May 5, 2017 | Dori Zinn

The younger the consumer, the more likely they are to hand over personal data. The more likely they are to hand over their data, the higher the expectation to use that data positively.

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You Can Get Major Fraud Protection With a Credit Freeze, but Should You?

April 21, 2017 | Money Talks News

There are the conventional ways to protect yourself from credit card fraud, and then there’s the nuclear option.

Trump Is Stealing Your Internet Privacy

April 20, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Deregulating for its own sake is incredibly stupid — but potentially profitable for internet companies and identity thieves.

Your Bank Card Info Is Going to Get Stolen

April 13, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Debit card compromises are up dramatically and ATMs are a huge part of it.

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Waiting Until Tax Day to File Is How You Get Ripped Off

April 13, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Tax-related identity theft is increasing, and experts say we ignore easy ways to protect ourselves by stressing about filing.

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Ask the Expert: How Sick Is This Form Of Identity Theft?

April 5, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader thinks his identity was stolen from an urgent care center. Now what?

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How You’re Going to Get Hacked This Year

March 23, 2017 | Dori Zinn

The Internet of Things and stolen fingerprints are among the biggest scam predictions for 2017.

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How Many Credit Cards Is Too Many?

March 22, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader’s husband doesn’t use half his cards. Should he keep them for emergencies or get rid of them?

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Our Tax Data Keeps Getting Stolen but It’s All Good

March 15, 2017 | Dori Zinn

We might have had billions of dollars in tax fraud last year but most Americans aren’t worried about getting scammed.

Does Big Business Have a Big Problem With Identity Theft?

March 13, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

This is shaping up to be a bad year for data breaches, but does anyone care?

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It’s Coming from Inside the Hospital

March 9, 2017 | Dori Zinn

We’re getting our medical data stolen, and most scammers are taking it straight from the hospitals themselves
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Medical Records are Stolen Every Single Day

March 1, 2017 | Dori Zinn

44 percent of Americans are worried about their personal health care information being stolen and at least one record is stolen everyday.

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Ask The Expert: Is This A Legit Reason Not To Get Married?

January 25, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader is angry at his Internet-unsafe fiancee.

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Dvorkin On Debt: An Insecure 2017 Prediction

January 9, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

I sadly predict massive computer hacking on a scale not seen in years past.

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Dvorkin On Debt: Tis The Season For Holiday Stealing

November 21, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

While this is the time to give, many others are trying to take away.

ID Theft Is More Common Because We’re More Lazy

October 12, 2016 | Dori Zinn

41 million Americans have had their identities stolen and 49 million Americans personally know someone who has been affect by identity theft.

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Dvorkin On Debt: Don’t Give It Up!

October 3, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Follow these three steps, and you’ll avoid the latest, hottest brand of identity theft.

Amy Schumer Is a Scam

September 28, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Amy Schumer, Just Bieber top the list of the most dangerous celebrities to search for online.

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Feds Warn Of ‘Serious’ Flaws In Popular Anti-Virus Software

August 16, 2016 | Money Talks News

The government is warning the public about new issues with established anti-virus brands.

Is credit card fraud declining? Not yet

United States Among the Worst in the World for Credit Card Fraud

July 12, 2016 | Dori Zinn

The U.S. is third in the world for credit card fraud. This is the second time that the U.S. has been in the top three.

Are You Selling Your Personal Information for Nothing?

June 30, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Do you have old hard drives you want to sell or get rid of? Chances are you’ll leave private information on them once you hand them over.

Learn how to avoid medical identity theft.

Avoiding Impostor Scams By Talking About Them

June 30, 2016 | Debt.com

If you get threatened over an old debt, say nothing to the caller. Talk to everyone else.

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Millennials Will Direct the Future of Fraud Management

June 8, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

If banks give this generation the tools to bank easier and safer, they’ll earn themselves loyal customers. If not…

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Ransomware: The Digital Extortion People Don’t Know About

June 2, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

Hackers can lock you out of your files and make you pay to get them back. Here’s what to do.

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Correct an Identity Theft Issue As Soon As You Detect It

May 26, 2016 | Debt.com

The longer you wait, the worse the damage can be.

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Dvorkin On Debt: ID Theft Is A Chronic Condition

May 9, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

We’re not going to get rid of it. So let’s manage it.

Learn how to avoid medical identity theft.

Consumer Complaints to the FTC Increased in 2015

May 5, 2016 | Debt.com

They shot up by an amazing 500,000.

Dvorkin On Debt: Presidential Polling Isn’t The Most Important Kind

March 28, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Where polling matters most isn’t in politics. It’s in personal finance.

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3 Types of Identity Theft You Should Safeguard Against Today

March 24, 2016 | Debt.com

Can you guess what they are?

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Dvorkin On Debt: 4 Funny and Frustrating Financial Facts

March 21, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Here’s what I’ve learned so far this month, and it’s made me both laugh and cry.

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Thieves Target Shoppers Who Use Supermarket Self-Checkout

March 1, 2016 | Money Talks News

Scammers with skimmers who have traditionally targeted ATMs and gas station payment terminals are shifting their focus.

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How Long Does It Take To Steal $18,000?

February 25, 2016 | Debt.com

For identity thieves, it takes just a few minutes.

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LifeLock Agrees to Pay $100 Million

February 4, 2016 | Debt.com

The company allegedly violated FTC order, and that’s serious trouble.

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Ask The Expert: Am I Next To Get Hit With Identity Theft? [VIDEO]

February 3, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader is surrounded by victims and is scared of joining them.

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5 Dead Giveaways You’re Talking to a Scammer

August 13, 2015 | Debt.com

If you run across any of these people, don’t listen to them.

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3 Ways Military Members Can Protect Their Identity

July 9, 2015 | Debt.com

Military identity theft is especially challenging because servicemembers aren’t able to monitor their credit as closely as civilians. Here’s how they can protect their credit while on active duty.

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What Do Shoplifting and Identity Theft Have In Common?

June 29, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

The answer may depress you. It depresses me.

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Ask The Expert: My Mom Stole My Money, What Now?

June 10, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader is thousands in debt — and is still living with the mother who put him there.

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Here’s Why Identity Theft Has Skyrocketed — And What You Can Do About It

June 8, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

We share blame for the identity theft epidemic. Here’s the cure.

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Why You Shouldn’t Care About Having A Chip In Your Credit Card

May 13, 2015 | Jason Steele

Here’s what your credit card company doesn’t want you to know: The latest tech will rarely protect you.

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Companies Average 78 Computer Security Investigations Per Year

April 23, 2015 | Jess Miller

Here are the identity theft tactics security experts expect from hackers this year, and how they’re preparing to prevent it.

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Dear Grandma: Three Reasons Why Online Banking Is Easier And Safer Than You Think

April 16, 2015 | Jess Miller

Seniors tend to believe that online banking is complicated and easy to hack. But that’s overwhelmingly not the case.

Financial Illiteracy Month Part III: 5 Ways to Get Your Identity Stolen

April 15, 2015 | Brian Bienkowski

Don’t make an identity thief’s job easy. Avoid these costly mistakes.