Card Cracking Scam Thrives Due to the Vanity of Social Media

August 11, 2015 | By:
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Card Cracking Scam Fighting Identity Crimes

Card Cracking Overview: Social media has given new life to an old-fashioned check fraud scam with the prevalence of card cracking. Card cracking is a form of bank fraud in which both the fraudster and target may be held liable. The scheme gained momentum in Chicago, but has quickly spread to other metropolitan areas. College …

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Mass Zoo Data Breaches Bring Consumer Safety to Light

August 4, 2015 | By:
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Point-of-Sale System Breach Zoo Fighting Identity Crimes

In early July, nine different zoos including the Detroit and Cincinnati Zoo, suffered four-month-long data breaches. Visitors who used their debit or credit card at one of these facilities’ food or retail vendors may be at risk of having a crook overtake their finances. This widespread — and somewhat obscure — compromise of customer data …

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Job Seekers Beware! You Could Be Applying for a Scam

July 14, 2015 | By:
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Employment Scam

Welcome to our second installment of, “Outwitting Identity Thieves from the Start,” our new blog series outlining the effects of identity crimes on those just starting out. Our first post featured Identity Theft in College, so it’s only suiting we continue by highlighting ways you can make a smooth transition into the working world by …

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Building Barriers Against the Top Three Business Fraud Threats

July 7, 2015 | By:
Posted in: Business Protection

Small Business Fraud

Fraudsters are always in the market for a lucrative new target. So what’s the most information-rich, security-poor victim they can exploit? A small business, of course. According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), the typical organization loses a whopping 5% of their revenue to fraud each year. And small businesses are impacted disproportionately harder …

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How to Stop Telemarketers and Junk Mail in Only 60 Seconds Each

June 23, 2015 | By:
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Junk Mail

“Did I even sign up for this?” It’s a question that comes to mind as we sift through junk mail, our spam-filled email inboxes and even when we answer the phone. If you want to take action against this unsolicited advertising, you’re in luck. You can put an end to junk mail and unsolicited phone …

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Avoid an Identity Crisis: 6 Ways College Students Can Be Money and Identity Smart

June 16, 2015 | By:
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Collge

Outwitting Identity Thieves from the Start Welcome to our new blog series, “Outwitting Identity Thieves from the Start.” This series will focus on the lesser-known financial pitfalls faced by those just starting out. I’ll be sharing my personal advice on how to effectively thwart any potential financial threats that these new life experiences may bring. …

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The Black Market Wants Your Identity

June 8, 2015 | By:
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Online Black Market

How Did Someone Steal My Identity? Maybe you’ve received a data breach notification or discovered fraudulent charges on your bank account. Either way, you know it’s not good news. But now what? You know your data’s out there, but how exactly did it get there? And where is “there”? If your name was on one …

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Why Even Small Data Breaches Hit Hard

June 4, 2015 | By:
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Small-Scale Data Breach

For the past few years, major organizations have dropped the ball on cybersecurity again and again. Retailers, insurance providers, educational institutions and even the U.S. government have all exposed inordinate amounts of their customers’ personal, financial and sometimes even medical information. This sensitive data is often used to commit identity theft and fraud — a …

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Top Strategies Identity Thieves Are Sure to Hate

May 14, 2015 | By:
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Proactive Measures

Identity theft was the number one complaint to the Federal Trade Commission in 2014. This ranking should not come as a surprise; identity theft has remained the top consumer complaint for fifteen consecutive years. No matter how pervasive identity crimes may be, there is a time-tested method for defending against them — take proactive measures …

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