Is Your Mailbox A Target For Identity Theft?

With all of the creative and technical ways that identity thieves can use to steal your identity, good old common mail theft is still one of the easiest ways for a criminal to steal your personal identifiable information, and use it fraudulently.  Unfortunately, mail theft is one of those things we just don’t think much about,

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IRS Reports New Data Breach

According to the IRS, on Tuesday, hackers attempted to breach their computer systems in an attempt to file fraudulent tax returns.  The thieves were attempting to gain access to E-File pin numbers which are used by some people to file their tax returns electronically.  The IRS stated on Tuesday that approximately 464,000 social security numbers

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States Delaying Tax Refunds To Protect Against Fraud

In 2012, international hackers penetrated the South Carolina Department of Revenue system and gained access to nearly 3.6 million tax returns from as far back as 1998.  This was a wake up call, not only for the South Carolina government, but for the entire nation.  Since then, nearly all states have beefed up security surrounding

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Long Island Car Dealerships Caught Selling Credit Repair & Identity Protection

Two car dealerships located in Long Island, New York announced settlement with state prosecutors after they it was determined the dealerships were selling add on products to customers, which included illegal credit repair and identity theft protection.  The dealers were using misleading and deceptive practices to encourage car buyers to sign up for additional services, while charging

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Do You Really Need RFID Blocking Wallet?

Buying a wallet used to be a relatively simple decision.  You had your choice of a bifold, trifold, credit card sleeve or maybe just a money clip.  Now if you flip through tech or gadget magazine, you’ll find a whole new genre of wallets that are designed with RFID blocking protection. Like this one from Common Fibers and

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Fitbit Hacking – Are Your Wearable Devices At Risk?

Some of the hottest holiday gifts this past season were the wearable fitness tracking devices such as Fitbit, Runtastic Orbit & Mio Fuse.  But apparently the hackers of the world were paying attention as well and there have been reports of Fitbit accounts and other wearable technology accounts being compromised.  This was not reported as

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Email Credit Card Chip Scam

Ironically, the new credit card security chips, which are supposed to keep your information even more secure from hackers and data breaches, has driven scammers to come up with new (& old) angles to steal your personal information.  While we all may be just a little safer using our cards at retail stores, criminals are

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Possible Dell Data Breach Being Reported

It appears that there may be another major data breach in the works. It’s being reported that many Dell customers are claiming to have been contacted by scammers who knew personal identifiable information that was part of a Dell database.  So far Dell is claiming that it has not bee hacked or breached but has

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