Coronavirus Scams: How to Protect Against COVID-19 Scams

March 17, 2020 | By:
Posted in: Breach and Scam News

Doctor Talking to Patients

Identity thieves are playing on the fears of individuals around the world as coverage regarding the Coronavirus outbreak, or COVID-19, increases. Fraudsters are exploiting the opportunity to steal the Personally Identifiable Information (PII), financial information, and even medical information, of those looking for knowledge, protection, and treatment for the viral infection.As easy as it can be …

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Combating Tax Identity Theft: The IRS and the Taxpayer

February 28, 2020 | By:
Posted in: Personal Protection

Taxes Due Reminder

*Originally posted March 13, 2017. Updated February 28, 2020.*Tax season, fraud, theft – oh my!  – Tax season is a notoriously stressful time. Between filling out the forms, paying taxes or waiting for refunds, the tax-filing process can seem endless.What’s more concerning is that tax season is a holiday for identity thieves. Tax fraud and …

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Third-Party Data Breaches: An Unavoidable Threat for All Businesses

February 24, 2020 | By:
Posted in: Breach and Scam News

Group of business people in office

Corporate data breaches are nearly a daily occurrence, and it’s not only the largest, most visible companies that are exposed to the risk. Often, data vulnerabilities can stem from relationships that companies have with vendors, suppliers, partners, and other third parties. Small- and Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs) are especially vulnerable to data theft. They typically have …

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My Business Has a Credit Score?

February 18, 2020 | By:
Posted in: Business Protection

Business Credit Score Gauge pointed at Excellent

*Originally posted August 24, 2018. Updated February 18, 2020.*What is business credit?  – When’s the last time you checked your business credit score? If you’ve never checked it before, you’re not alone – nearly half of small business owners don’t even know they have one. Like personal credit, business credit is used to determine a business’ borrowing …

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Romance Scammers Want Your Money, Not Your Heart

February 12, 2020 | By:
Posted in: Personal Protection

Broken Heart over money

Romance or sweetheart scams trick people all year round, but they are particularly effective leading up to Valentine’s Day because they prey on people’s yearning for love. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), romance scams jumped 40 percent from 2018 to 2019, costing 25,000 reported victims a total of $201 million.

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Website Selling Access to Personal Data Seized by FBI

January 27, 2020 | By:
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FBI Seizes WeLeakInfo.com

Ever wonder what happens to your information once it is exposed in a data breach? In most cases, the data is put up for sale to cybercriminals operating in the dark web — the black market of the internet where individuals can act privately and anonymously, and which requires specific “dark web browsers” to access. …

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Did You Know Your Business Is Targeted in Tax Scams?

January 21, 2020 | By:
Posted in: Business Protection

*Originally posted March 27, 2017. Updated January 21, 2020.*Business tax scams are big business for criminals looking to make a financial gain using your employees’ and business information. Being aware of the schemes criminals are carrying out and the tactics they use to employ them can give your business the best chance to deflect such …

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New Year’s Resolution: Protect Your Family’s Digital Footprint

January 13, 2020 | By:
Posted in: Personal Protection

Children Using Devices

*Originally posted January 14, 2019. Updated January 12, 2020.*Fostering a Familial Digital Resilience – Our constant internet usage empowers cybercriminals to formulate countless methods for hijacking our personal information and then use it to commit identity theft and fraud. And, although different generations within a household may have different priorities online, all generations within the …

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Landry’s Suffers Malware Attack, Payment Data Exposed

January 3, 2020 | By:
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What Happened? – On January 2, 2020, dining and entertainment conglomerate, Landry’s, announced a point-of-sale malware attack that targeted customers’ payment card data – the company’s second data breach since 2015. Landry’s owns over 600 popular American restaurants across the U.S., including Del Frisco’s Grill, Joe’s Crab Shack, Bubba Gump, Rainforest Café and more; 63 …

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