Who are we?
Fighting Identity Crimes was launched in 2014 by EZShield Fraud Protection as a communication platform for “creating clarity in the cloudy space” of identity theft and fraud. Our purpose is to keep you updated on the latest identity crime news, as well as offer tips to follow from our experts in the field. Identity fraud and theft have become the fastest growing crimes in America. We work to aid in the prevention of identity crimes for you.
What do we do?
Creating Clarity in a Cloudy Space
Are identity theft and identity fraud the same thing? The answer is no. Often times, these two terms are used interchangeably when they are, in fact, two very different incidents. The subject of identity protection can be confusing. Fighting Identity Crimes strives to clear up the confusion.
Why does it matter?
Our purpose is to educate you with information that could save you from becoming a victim of identity fraud or identity theft. Let’s take a look at a few pieces of information that are important to know in understanding identity crimes.
Personally Identifiable Information (PII)
Personally identifiable information (PII) is any information that can be used on its own or with other pieces of personal information that can distinguish you as an individual. PII information includes:
- Social Security number
- Date of birth
- Credit card information
- Other account information
PII is like gold to identity criminals. Criminals can open credit card accounts, file for tax refunds and empty your bank accounts with this information. Your personal information can be at risk at a local retail breach, deceptive websites created for the sole purpose of stealing information or simply the loss or theft of your wallet or computer.
Two other types of information that you should protect are personal health information (PHI) and intellectual property information. PHI consists of any information pertaining to your medical records, including insurance information. Intellectual property information, on the other hand, is information that is connected with copyrights, patents, trademarks, etc.
We advocate for your identity protection. Fighting Identity Crimes offers ways to protect PII and other personal information from inside the workplace to your favorite vacation spot. Your information is yours, and you have every right to protect it.
Identity fraud is often confused with identity theft, however, the two have very different meanings. Fraud refers to the act of a criminal stealing your personal information. This can be done a number of ways, usually as a result of a lost wallet or phone and through various types of scams and breaches. There were 12.7 million victims of identity fraud in 2015. Fraud can be devastating, especially if it leads to identity theft. We provide resources that can help you if you become a victim of fraud and offer strategies that you can follow to decrease your risk of identity fraud.
Identity theft can only happen after identity fraud has occurred. Theft consists of the crimes committed with your PII. Identity thieves can use your information to open new credit cards, obtain official documents in your name, such as driver’s licenses and birth certificates, purchase property, apply for bank loans and commit various crimes under your name. We’re here to help you protect your information and avoid becoming a victim of identity theft.
Our Education Center is a place that offers more information about the different types of identity crimes and their different platforms. From identity theft and fraud to cybersecurity, breaches, and scams, the Education Center will offer you definitions of terms, an analysis of the terms, applications of the terms to real-world instances and preventative measures to follow. Our Dictionary of Terms can further provide clarity of the identity crime jargon.
You can also visit our Breach News Summary and Scam News Summary sections to stay up-to-date on the latest data breaches and identity fraud scams that have been reported each month. In addition, we offer articles specifically tailored to consumer and small business protection in our Consumer Protection News and Small Business Protection News sections, and provide awareness-raising content related to cybercrime and identity theft in our Breaches and Scams News section.
Our goal is to guide you through the cloudy space of identity protection. Through articles and a variety of timely information, we aim to be a valuable resource to help consumers and small businesses protect themselves against identity crimes.