Are Mobile Payments Right for You? Stay Safe When Paying with Your Phone

Using Your Phone as Your Wallet

If you are a frequent Starbucks visitor, you may have been an early adopter of the Starbucks app and been quickly introduced to mobile payments, or the “pay with your phone in-store” concept, when it was launched in 2011. A report by eMarketer says you were not alone, and today there are more than 23 million consumers using the Starbucks app for in-store purchases at least once every six months. Continue reading

5 Tips on How to Talk About Identity Fraud With Your Current or Potential Employer

Employees Walking and Talking About Identity Theft

Identity Crime Can Impact Your Career

You may never be prepared for the moment you discover your personally identifiable information (PII) has been fraudulently used to steal your money, your tax refunds, or create an entirely new synthetic identity. Once discovered, identity fraud can take hundreds of hours and months of work to recover. Continue reading

Scam Alert! Don’t Let Your Summer Vacation Fall Victim to Fraudsters

Family Vacation Ruined Due to Vacation Scam

Summer vacation season is here, and you may see in increase in travel ads and discounted trip while browsing social media or scrolling through your inbox. However, not all these offers are legitimate. Hotel scams alone cost American travelers more than $4 billion a year, according to the American Hotel and Booking Association.

Scammers are ramping up their activity to take advantage of people booking vacations and those hunting for last-minute travel deals. They are targeting your booking deposits and attempting to gain access to your personal information and financial accounts to commit further fraud. Continue reading

Dark Web Deals: Your Child’s Identity for Sale

Young boy looking at computer screen

Did you know a child’s identity is twice as likely to be compromised as an adult’s? More than 1 million children under the age of 18 in the U.S. were identity theft victims in a single year, according to the most recent study on Child Identity Fraud by Javelin Strategy & Research. Two-thirds of those young victims are under the age of eight. Cyber thieves seek out the untapped identities of children to open credit cards, commit tax fraud, qualify for government benefits, or apply for work or a place to live – and by doing so, this compromise of personal information can go undetected for years, at least until your child has a need to open a credit card account or apply for a loan. Continue reading