identity theft

The Average Age of a Child Identity Theft Victim is 12 Years Old

Identity thieves are always on the prowl. And when it comes to identity theft, children are not off limits. What are the telltale signs that your child’s identity may have been stolen and what can you do to fix and reclaim it? Read on for the details.

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4 Good Reasons to Sign Up for my Social Security during National Social Security Month
April is National Social Security Month. The Social Security Administration offers a tool called my Social Security. Even if you’re not getting benefits yet, there’s good reason to have an account.
Smart Identity Theft Protection Tips
Use Consolidated Credit’s Identity Theft Protection infographic to learn how to protect your personal data and information from ID theft and credit fraud.
Protect your refund from tax ID theft
My Social Security is the Right Tool for You
If you haven’t opened a personal “my Social Security” account, you’re missing out. We explain how this account can help prevent issues like tax ID theft.
Gmail scam alert! Fraudsters are always at it, you could be next!

Every minute 19 Americans get their identities stolen. Each year at least 10 million Americans fall victim to identify theft, according to TransUnion. Crooks are always on the prowl, devising clever schemes to steal unsuspecting people’s identity.  The latest scam comes in the form of an email designed to look just like one you’d get […]

Secure, or not? Assess the risk before sending credit card info

By Cynthia Drake Before you send your credit card information online, over the phone or by mail, it helps to think like a hacker. The next time you’re about to share your credit card number, put on a robber’s raccoon mask and think about it: Where are the potential breach spots along the path your […]

Financial Reasons to Delete Your Facebook Account

By Danielle Warchol For many, Facebook has become the go to website to keep up with friends and family. It has also become much more to a lot of people who spend more and more of their time there. The fact is that for many, Facebook is more of a financial detriment than it is […]

Scam Alert: Watch Out for $9.84 Charges on Your Credit Card Statement

Do you check your credit card statements regularly? If not, you are the type of victim that these credit card scammers are looking for. Scammers are banking on the fact that most consumers don’t check their credit card statements regularly or that carefully. This new con places unexplainable charges of $9.84 on your monthly credit […]

Hacking & ID Theft: Are You Next?

By Scott A. Merritt At least 110 million consumers were affected by the hack involving Target and Neiman Marcus retailers. Whether or not millions more will have their identities manipulated and finances ruined within the coming months due to more breaches of security at other stores is anyone’s guess, says identity theft recovery expert Scott […]

Don’t Become a Victim of Identity Theft on Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday is becoming one of the biggest shopping days of the year, second only to Black Friday. Actually it is the busiest online shopping day of the year. With so many consumers gearing up to take advantage of the one-day-only deals, cyber thieves are gearing up to steal people’s identity and other personal information. […]

Top 10 States for Identity Theft: New Website Offers In-Depth Information About Identity Protection

  Identity theft is a national problem, but some states have far more consumer complaints than others, with Florida, Georgia and California topping the list. IdentityProtection.com, a new website powered by Equifax, takes an in-depth look at each of the top 10 states for identity theft, examining state and metro area statistics, examples of widespread […]

Debt Collectors Can Help During Identity Theft Crisis

Important Steps to Take For Identity Fraud Victims Thieves are finding more and more ways to steal people’s identities. From the recently surfaced conversation-recording Smartphone virus to the traditional ATM skimmers (devices used to capture debit card numbers), people are falling into serious financial troubles. Many who fall victim to identity theft aren’t immediately aware […]

Frightening Fact –Over 9 Million People Have Had Their Identity Stolen

Credit fraud and identity theft is a rampant problem, so much so that this week has been dubbed Protect Your Identity Week. In honor of this necessary awareness campaign I wanted to take a look at credit monitoring services and lend some tips for safeguarding your credit, finances, and identity. You can read about credit […]

Protect Your Credit Report

  Do you regularly monitor your credit report? I strongly advise you to start doing so if you’re not already. There is no worse feeling then seeing a debt that isn’t yours show up on your credit report. And why in the world would you want to be stuck carrying the weight of someone else’s […]

Celebrate National Consumer Protection Week

  March 4th through 10th is National Consumer Protection Week in the United States.  As a nationwide campaign, federal, state, and local governments come together to encourage consumers to get informed about protecting their finances. Whether its identity theft or financial fraud, the impact scams can have on the safety and security of your financial […]

Billing disputes and interest rates top complaints from cardholders

Consumers complained about issues they’ve had with credit card issuers to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau during the three-month period ending in October and the agency divulged these grievances in a report. According to the report, most of the complaints were regarding billing disputes, annual percentage/interest rates, identity theft, fraud and embezzlement. Other complaints included […]

Have You Been Scammed? 6 Essential Resources to Fight Back

As of July 2011, over 80,000 Americans have reported suspicious and fraudulent activity concerning mortgage scams.  The FBI has estimated more than $3.2 billion has been lost to scam artists.  If you actually sit back and look at the numbers, it’s astonishing how many Americans have been victimized by some sort of fraud, particularly over the […]

Debt Collectors Can Help During Identity Theft Crisis – Important Steps to Take For Identity Fraud Victims

Thieves are finding more and more ways to steal people’s identities. From the recently surfaced conversation-recording Smartphone virus to the traditional ATM skimmers (devices used to capture debit card numbers), people are falling into serious financial troubles. Many who fall victim to identity theft aren’t immediately aware of their situation. Nearly 41 percent of victims […]

Alarming Study Shows that Some Banks Don’t Do Enough to Safeguard Your Information

In the wake of a hacking attack that exposed some of the personal and financial information for hundreds of thousands of customers at the one of the largest lenders in the U.S., a new study shows that many institutions don’t do enough to protect borrowers from fraudulent credit card debt. The study, conducted by Javelin […]

How to Spot an IRS Impersonation Scheme

Consumers should protect themselves against online identity theft and other scams that increase after the filing season. Such scams may appropriate the name, logo or other appurtenances of the IRS or U.S. Department of the Treasury to mislead taxpayers into believing that the scam is legitimate. Scams involving the impersonation of the IRS usually take […]