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

Refund Denied: What to Do if You’re a Victim of Tax Fraud

Rejected Tax Notice

Now that April 15th has come and gone, it’s still critical for you to stay vigilant and to keep a watchful eye for any suspicious activity that may signal tax fraud.  

Fraudsters have been busy, and may have already been working behind the scenes to steal your refund. The 2018 Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book classifies tax fraud as one of the top three reported types of identity theft submitted to the Federal Trade Commission. Continue reading

There’s No Expiration Date for Your Data on the Dark Web

Frozen Clock represents No Expiration Date Data Dark Web

With data breaches impacting organizations on what seems like a daily basis, there’s a very good chance that your personal information has been compromised — and once it is leaked onto the Dark Web, you are vulnerable forever. According to the 2018 End-of-Year Data Breach Report, the total number of data breaches decreased in 2018, however, the number of stolen records climbed more than 126 percent. Not only is that a significant increase in the amount of Personal Identifiable Information (PII) that is now in the hands of cybercriminals, but it is also an indication that breaches have become larger, exposing more pieces of data per incident. Continue reading