• Target Data Breach:  Target is way off target...

    Target Data Breach: Target is way off target…

    Oh no! More bad news from Target! The retail giant now admits that millions more people may be the victim of ruthless hackers than previously thought. Target now says 70-million customers may have had their e-mail addresses, phone numbers and mailing addresses stolen when the hackers used malicious software to hijack personal information directly from […]

  • Prevent Medical Identity Theft with Two-factor Authentication

    Prevent Medical Identity Theft with Two-factor Authentication

    By James Brown   Medical identity theft takes place when another person fraudulently gains access to your healthcare facilities and without your knowledge begins to use it for doctor’s appointments, medical tests, and maybe even surgery, in your name. The theft may be committed by a friend or family member or even medical personnel who […]

  • Child Identity Theft

    Child Identity Theft

    by Robert P. Chappell, Jr. – Author Child Identity Theft: What Every Parent Needs to Know (Rowman and Littlefield) According to the 2013 Javelin Strategy and Research Identity Fraud Report[i] someone falls victim to identity theft every three seconds in the U.S.  In fact, there were 12.6 million victims of identity theft last year alone. […]

  • Koobface is Back!

    Koobface is Back!

    Well, well, well… “IT” IS BACK! And by “IT” I mean Koobface. Recently, McAfee released its Threat Report: First Quarter 2013. The Report shows a steady growth in mobile malware; increase in general malware (including Koobface) and spam. Koobface is coming back with vengeance! According to McAfee Labs, there were almost three times as many […]

  • THE ROUND-TRIP TICKET TO SUCKERVILLE

    THE ROUND-TRIP TICKET TO SUCKERVILLE

    By Ron Palmer You may be smart, but some scammers are smarter I like to think I’m a pretty savvy dude. I’m the type of guy who won’t fall for a scam, a shady deal or a good old-fashioned shakedown. Frauds and charlatans set off my rip-off radar the moment they use poor sentence structure […]

  • The Biggest Warning Signs of Emails that May Want to Steal Your Identity

    The Biggest Warning Signs of Emails that May Want to Steal Your Identity

      What are the Biggest Warning Signs of Emails that May Want to Steal Your Identity? Internet phishing is a growing threat for billions of email users daily.  It seems like there is always a web scammer trying to access your information every time you read an email. The reality is that it’s incredibly simple […]

  • Identity Theft Victim's Rights

    Identity Theft Victim’s Rights

    Identity Theft Victim’s Rights Are you a victim of ID theft?  If you are, then you know that you are guilty until proven innocent.   Every case of ID theft is different and, at times, everyone questions your honesty and integrity. In some cases, all it takes is a few phone calls, a police report and […]

  • Active Duty Alerts-Identity Theft Prevention Tip

    Active Duty Alerts-Identity Theft Prevention Tip

    Active Duty Alerts Every single day, members of the armed forces risk their lives to protect our liberties and freedom.  But they are not just risking their lives, they are the prime targets for identity theft. The fact that the military personnel might be deployed for extended periods of time, allowing identity theft to go […]

  • Recent Data Security Failures

    Recent Data Security Failures

    Guest Post by Jason Knapfel You may have heard rumors of data security breaches. However, some of them were very real. That’s why you stay on top of your own digital security. You’re vigilant when it comes to how you store and share your documents. You make sure you take your sensitive documents to a shredding […]

  • Identity Theft Prevention Tip-Check Financial Statements

    Identity Theft Prevention Tip-Check Financial Statements

    A few weeks ago, my friend told me that her debit card was used on Macys.com without her authorizaton.  My friend is probably one of the most responsible people I know.  She checks her online bank account almost every single day and this is why she was able to notice this unauthorized charge while it […]

  • Is Credit Card Fraud really not Identity Theft?

    Is Credit Card Fraud really not Identity Theft?

    While I was browsing the web for the latest Identity Theft news, I came across an article titled Credit Card Fraud Really Isn’t Identity Theft by Robert Siciliano. I would like to say that Robert Siciliano is a very respectable professional. He definitely has my respect and my attention. However, even people who are called experts, […]

  • New Year Resolutions Don't Work! But there is something else you can do.

    New Year Resolutions Don’t Work! But there is something else you can do.

    2013 is here! Happy New Year to you and your loved ones! 2012 was a challenging year for me and, I am sure, I am not the only one. But I am very optimistic about this coming year and see 2013 as a new chapter in my life with a lot of possibilities, opportunities and […]

  • Hacker Baby!

    Hacker Baby!

      My version of a classic “Santa Baby”.  I had fun writing “Hacker Baby”, recording it and then making a “music video”. Trivia: I recorded the audio in my car near the park where it was quiet, because my household was extremely loud.  

  • Should You Purchase Identity Theft Protection?

    Should You Purchase Identity Theft Protection?

    Identity theft is a major problem. And if you live in South Carolina, the chances are very good – 75% in fact – that you may be at risk. In October, 2012, 3.6 million social security numbers of South Carolina residents were hacked, along with 16,000 credit card numbers. That means this cyber-disaster effects three-fourths […]

  • Forms of Identity Theft Fraud

    Forms of Identity Theft Fraud

    Can you imagine getting pulled over for speeding and finding yourself put in jail for three days because of a case of mistaken identity? That’s exactly what happened to Stancy Nesbit . She got pulled over for speeding, and was arrested for possession of cocaine. Some other woman had been arrested for possession of cocaine, […]

  • Proposed Legislation Targets Identity Theft Tax Fraud

    Proposed Legislation Targets Identity Theft Tax Fraud

    Identity theft tax fraud – using someone else’s tax ID or social security number to file a fake tax return and get a refund – has overtaken credit card fraud as the leading form of identity theft. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration issued a report on identity theft tax fraud in July, 2012. […]

  • What is Keylogger?

    What is Keylogger?

    What is Keylogger? A Keylogger is a software program or a hardware device created to capture every keystroke that the user makes. A Keylogger is a malware, which belongs in the spyware family. A Keylogger logs every single website you visit, every email you send and receive, every document you create, etc. Basically, a Keylogger […]

  • Safeguarding Workplace Data: Protecting Your Information Goldmine

    Safeguarding Workplace Data: Protecting Your Information Goldmine

    The workplace is a repository of valuable personal information. Social security numbers are linked to names and birth dates: tantalizing data bits for thieves intent on accessing these records for fraudulent use. Identity theft has become so rampant nationwide, victimizing millions of consumers and causing billions in business and personal losses every year. Technology has […]

  • Top Tips for Protecting Yourself Against Identity Theft

    Top Tips for Protecting Yourself Against Identity Theft

    Guest Post by Brandon Allred   The leading fraud problem in the United States is identity theft. The old methods of fraud involving dumpster diving and mail interception still exist, but with the new technological advancements we have seen over the past 20 years or so have allowed criminals to take things to a whole […]

  • Close Unused Credit Card Accounts-Identity Theft Prevention Tip

    Close Unused Credit Card Accounts-Identity Theft Prevention Tip

    When it comes to identity theft prevention, there is really no cure-for-all type of prevention strategy.  It is really a combination of various strategies that you have to implement. A lot of Identity Theft Prevention Experts will tell you that Credit Freeze is the cure for all, but it really isn’t.  Yes, Credit Freeze is […]

  • Identity Theft Prevention Tip: Don't Share Too Much Information

    Identity Theft Prevention Tip: Don’t Share Too Much Information

    Do you know who Christopher Chaney is? Christopher Chaney is a hacker; a celebrity hacker!  He was arrested in October of 2011 as a part of a yearlong investigation of celebrity hacking, which was named by the authorities “Operation Hackerazzi”. Mr. Chaney hacked into email accounts of more than 50 celebrities including Scarlett Johansson, Christina […]

  • Identity Theft on the Decline, but Tax Fraud Increasing

    Identity Theft on the Decline, but Tax Fraud Increasing

    Guest Post by Nussin S. Fogel, Esq. Over 250,000 identity theft complaints were filed across the US in 2010. The good news is that overall identity theft is declining: complaints peaked in 2008 with 314,521 cases. This decline may be attributed to greater consumer awareness of scams like “phishing”, in which a criminal sends an […]

  • Election Scams are on the Rise: What to Do to Protect Yourself

    Election Scams are on the Rise: What to Do to Protect Yourself

    It is that time again!  Elections… This is the time  we get passionate about our beliefs, views and favorite candidates.  Time for the politicians to put on a likable facade and try to convince us that they are the best for the job.  But it is also the perfect opportunity for scammers to take advantage […]

  • Searching For a New Job Safely-Identity Theft Prevention Tips

    Searching For a New Job Safely-Identity Theft Prevention Tips

    Scams and Identity Theft Crimes targeting job seekers are always lurking around and are definitely on the rise.  There are scams that are there to just get your money and there are those scams that may lead to Identity Theft. At one point or another in our lives, we all look for a new job […]

  • Data Breaches

  • Target Data Breach:  Target is way off target...

    Target Data Breach: Target is way off target…

    Oh no! More bad news from Target! The retail giant now admits that millions more people may be the victim of ruthless hackers than previously thought. Target now says 70-million customers may have had their e-mail addresses, phone numbers and

    Jan 10, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Recent Data Security Failures

    Recent Data Security Failures

    Guest Post by Jason Knapfel You may have heard rumors of data security breaches. However, some of them were very real. That’s why you stay on top of your own digital security. You’re vigilant when it comes to how you store

    Jan 15, 2013 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Scams and Frauds

  • Rental Scams on Craigslist-Part 2

    Rental Scams on Craigslist-Part 2

    When I decided to move, I, of course, thought that Craigslist is the right place.  I must tell you I encountered a lot of Rental Scams there.  Since I am absolutely curious, I decided to investigate some of the more

    Sep 12, 2011 | 3 comments | View Post

  • Rental Scams on Craigslist-Part 1

    Rental Scams on Craigslist-Part 1

    As with any other post I have written, this one is no different.  I draw everything from my own experiences. I did not think of Rental Scams until I actually started looking for a new place.  I went on Craigslist.org-one

    Jul 27, 2011 | 3 comments | View Post

  • ID Theft Basics

  • Child Identity Theft

    Child Identity Theft

    by Robert P. Chappell, Jr. – Author Child Identity Theft: What Every Parent Needs to Know (Rowman and Littlefield) According to the 2013 Javelin Strategy and Research Identity Fraud Report[i] someone falls victim to identity theft every three seconds in

    Jun 17, 2013 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Identity Theft Victim's Rights

    Identity Theft Victim’s Rights

    Identity Theft Victim’s Rights Are you a victim of ID theft?  If you are, then you know that you are guilty until proven innocent.   Every case of ID theft is different and, at times, everyone questions your honesty and integrity.

    May 03, 2013 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Other Recent Articles

  • Locals among 28 charged in fraud ring

    Locals among 28 charged in fraud ring

    “The indictment of the Sienemah Gaye Organization effectively shuts down a pervasive identity theft and bank fraud conspiracy in the Twin Cities.

    Oct 30, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Locals among 28 charged in fraud ring

    Locals among 28 charged in fraud ring

    “The indictment of the Sienemah Gaye Organization effectively shuts down a pervasive identity theft and bank fraud conspiracy in the Twin Cities.

    Oct 30, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Consumer Alert: Work at Home Scams

    Consumer Alert: Work at Home Scams

    Some versions of these scams – like package forwarding – might also involve the victim in crimes such as identity theft and handling of stolen

    Oct 30, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Former Manager Blames Gambling for Crime

    Former Manager Blames Gambling for Crime

    In December 2013, Look was charged with more than 20 counts, including theft by deception, forgery, mail fraud, access device fraud, identity theft ,

    Oct 30, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • LCDP crime blotter for Oct. 27-28

    LCDP crime blotter for Oct. 27-28

    A theft was reported at 9:49 a.m. Oct. 27 in the 1100 block of Montana …. Identity theft was reported at 8:51 p.m. Oct. 28 in the 2200 block of Missouri

    Oct 30, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • ESSENCE Poll: Do You Fear Identity Theft More Than Any Other Crime?

    ESSENCE Poll: Do You Fear Identity Theft More Than Any Other Crime?

    The Huffington Post reports that the White House was recently hit by a major cyber attack. The White House regularly gets hit with attempted cyber

    Oct 30, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Sheriff Lott: 5 deputies arrested for tax evasion, fraud

    Sheriff Lott: 5 deputies arrested for tax evasion, fraud

    Federal authorities also are investigating identity theft , including false IDs using Hispanic names found in her home, Lott said. Crespo is Hispanic and

    Oct 30, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Sheriff Lott: 5 deputies arrested for tax evasion, fraud

    Sheriff Lott: 5 deputies arrested for tax evasion, fraud

    Federal authorities also are investigating identity theft , including false IDs using Hispanic names found in her home, Lott said. Crespo is Hispanic and

    Oct 30, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • BSO Arrests Man On 73 Counts Of ID Fraud

    BSO Arrests Man On 73 Counts Of ID Fraud

    BSO Arrests Man On 73 Counts Of ID Fraud … and firearms at Ozah's home which led to the discovery of numerous items related to identity theft .

    Oct 30, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Bay City woman charged with 12 counts of identity theft for using credit cards in others' names

    Bay City woman charged with 12 counts of identity theft for using credit cards in others' names

    Bay County District Judge Dawn A. Klida on Wednesday, Oct. 29, arraigned 43-year-old Cindy Lou Hadd on 12 counts of identity theft . The charge is a

    Oct 30, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Lebanon man sentenced to state prison on heroin charges

    Lebanon man sentenced to state prison on heroin charges

    … County prison, fined $600 and ordered to pay $39 restitution for retail theft. … for access device fraud, theft by deception, forgery and identity theft .

    Oct 30, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Woman faces charges in identity theft cases

    Woman faces charges in identity theft cases

    SAN ANTONIO – A 34-year-old woman has been arrested on charges related to using a fake driver's license with another woman's name to rent out a

    Oct 30, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post