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March 31, 2006

There’s a New Identity Theft Scam in Town

The IRS Identity Theft Scam

Just when you think the slime-ball identity theft criminals couldn’t possibly think of another identity theft scam, they’ve come up with yet another one. With tax refund season here, the con artists are at it again and it’s up to consumers to protect themselves against the newest threat.

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March 30, 2006

The Real Face of Identity Theft

Identity Theft Doesn't Always Occur Like You Think It Would

If you think that senior citizens are the biggest target of identity theft or that the majority of identity theft occurs online, you might be surprised to find out the facts. The true face of identity theft isn’t always what we think it is.

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March 29, 2006

Identity Theft: Trust No One

Identity Theft Isn’t Always Committed by Strangers

When we think about the type of person who commits identity theft, we often think of a stranger living across the country. Someone who lacks morals and ethics -- the stereotypical criminal type. We imagine them hacking into company websites, rifling through trash or scamming people over the phone. But believe it or not, the people who commit identity theft may be a lot closer to home than you may think. When it comes to identity theft -- trust no one.

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March 28, 2006

ATM Theft is Increasingly Common

What You Need to Know About ATM Theft

ATM theft is an increasingly common crime. If you think that ATM theft involves someone breaking into an ATM and stealing the cash that’s in there, you’re mistaken. Quite to the contrary, the most common ATM theft involves someone stealing your ATM card information. But what can someone do with your ATM information? You might be surprised.

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March 27, 2006

Hotel Rooms and Identity Theft

Leaving Your Key Card Behind May Lead to Identity Theft

You’re enjoying yourself at your favorite resort and it’s time to checkout. Rather than take your key card with you, you leave it behind. No harm, no foul right? Wrong! Believe it or not, something as simple as leaving your hotel room key card behind may very well lead to identity theft.

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March 25, 2006

Online Surveys and Identity Theft

Can Online Surveys Lead to Identity Theft?

There are a number of companies performing online surveys nowadays, but can these online surveys lead to identity theft? While the initial online surveys themselves don’t often lead to identity theft, the end result may surprise you.

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March 24, 2006

Identity Theft Doesn't Just Happen to Adults

Protect Your Children from Identity Theft

When most of us think about identity theft, we think about how adults and senior citizens are often the victim of the crime. However, identity theft criminals aren’t discriminatory when it comes to the age of their victims. In fact, victims as young as two years old have experienced identity theft. How do you protect your child from becoming a victim?

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March 23, 2006

The Emotional Effects of Identity Theft

Identity Theft Doesn’t Just Leave Financial Ramifications

When one thinks of the consequences of being the victim of identity theft, financial problems usually come to mind. However, the effects of identity theft don’t just play on our credit reports and our bank accounts, they also wreck havoc on our emotions. Don’t let identity theft run you through an emotional rollercoaster.

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March 22, 2006

Identity Theft and In-Store Credit Card Applications

In-Store Credit Card Applications May Lead to Identity Theft

You’re done with your shopping and you head over to the nearest checkout. That’s when you’re enticed with an attractive offer -- you’ll get a certain percentage off of your purchase price if you fill out an in-store credit card application. Before you go ahead and accept that offer, you might want to stop and think that filling out that application may just lead to your identity theft.

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March 21, 2006

Can Online Chatting Lead to Identity Theft?

Online Chatting May Result in Identity Theft

When you think of identity theft, you probably don’t consider chat rooms. After all, how often is someone actually going to come right out and ask you for your social security number or other personal information during a casual chat conversation? The problem is, chat rooms are actually a place where identity theft occurs, and you need to know how to protect yourself from the crime.

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March 20, 2006

Identity Theft Victims Can Land in Jail

Identity Theft Victims May Lose a Lot More Than Their Identity

You’re a good, law abiding citizen. You work hard, you pay your bills and you manage your finances responsibly. One day the police arrive at your door. You’d like to think they’re there performing some community service, but in reality, they’re there to arrest you. Think it can’t happen to you? Think again! Anyone can become an identity theft victim and identity theft can lead to this scenario.

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March 18, 2006

Street-Side Mailboxes Can Lead to ID Theft

How Street-Side Mailboxes Can Lead to ID Theft

You’d like to think that everything in and around your home is safe and secure. For example, how many of us would stop and think that a having street-side mailbox could actually lead to ID theft? Believe it or not, ID theft criminals will trespass on the sanctity of your property and will use what they find to commit ID theft. Want to know how?

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March 16, 2006

Ordering Delivery May Lead to Credit Card Theft

Think About Credit Card Theft before Ordering Delivery

When you order dinner and ask for delivery, you may be tempted to pay for it with a credit card. The problem is, most people don’t realize that ordering delivery and paying for it over the phone via credit card can actually lead to credit card theft.

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March 15, 2006

Do Not Call List Identity Theft Scam

Yet another Identity Theft Scam on the Rise

It’s no secret that telemarketers aren’t typically your favorite people. After all, they tend to make their phone calls at the most inopportune times and you can never get them off the phone without being rude. Thankfully the government came up with the do not call list to help people avoid having to deal with these irritating calls. Unfortunately, there are some people who are using it to create yet another identity theft scam.

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March 14, 2006

Identity Theft and Student Rosters

Beware of Student Rosters and Identity Theft

So you’ve arrived at college and you need to put your name down on a student roster for one reason or another. The problem is, the roster is asking for more information than just your name. It also has a place for your social security number. Before you fill out the information, you might want to consider the fact that you’re putting yourself at risk of identity theft if you do.

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March 13, 2006

Free Credit Report Offers May Be an Identity Theft Scam

Another Identity Theft Scam to Be on the Lookout For

If you’re wondering what’s on your credit report, you’re not alone. Millions of people research their credit reports each and every year. The problem is, there are identity theft criminals who are now using free credit report offers as a way to entice people into giving them their personal information -- which is exactly what these criminals need in order to rip off someone’s identity.

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March 11, 2006

Another Identity Theft Scam

The Jury Duty Identity Theft Scam

With all of the identity theft scams out there in the world, you’d think the identity theft criminals would start running out of ideas. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Now there’s another identity theft scam to be on the lookout for -- the jury duty identity theft scam.

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March 9, 2006

A Common Identity Theft Scam

This Identity Theft Scam Happens Every Day

It’s an identity theft scam that happens quite often and you need to know about it in order to effectively protect yourself from it. You receive a phone call and the person on the other line states that they’re from your credit card company. They’ve noticed an unusual spending pattern and they want to confirm that you are the person who made the charges. The call seems innocent enough, but believe it or not, it’s a common identity theft scam.

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March 8, 2006

More Common Identity Theft Techniques

Identity Theft Techniques Used To Get Your Credit Card Information

When it comes to protecting yourself from identity theft, it’s important that you understand the techniques that identity theft criminals use to steal your personal information. One of the things that identity theft criminals go after most often is credit card numbers. We’re highlighting some of the most common ways identity theft thieves get your credit card numbers so you’ll know what to look for.

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March 7, 2006

Public Internet Terminals May Contribute To Identity Theft

The Connection between Identity Theft and Internet Kiosks

You’re out at the mall and you want to transfer some funds from your checking account to your savings account. Luckily (or so you think) your bank offers online banking. There’s an Internet kiosk just a few feet from you so you figure now is the perfect opportunity to take care of that balance transfer. Be careful, you might just be putting yourself at risk of identity theft.

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March 6, 2006

When Identity Theft Hits Home

Strangers Aren't the Only Ones Who Commit Identity Theft

Identity theft is an increasingly common crime. When most of us think of the people who commit identity theft, we think of criminals who go dumpster diving or who steal our information via high-tech computerized means. However, the face of identity theft criminals may be more familiar than you think. Oftentimes, the victims of identity theft are victimized by someone close to home.

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March 4, 2006

How Do ID Theft Thieves Get Your Information?

ID Theft: Knowledge is Power

If you’re worried about or have been the victim of ID theft, you probably wonder how in the world the ID theft thieves get your personal information in the first place. If you want to protect yourself from ID theft, you’ll need to know exactly how these criminals do it. The methods they use are varied, from cutting-edge high-tech to downright primitive. Here are some of the most common ways ID theft thieves get the information they’re after.

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March 3, 2006

Avoid Becoming a Check Washing Victim

Check Washing Is Yet another Scam You Need To Be Wary Of

If you haven’t heard of check washing, chances are you aren’t protecting yourself from the crime and if you’re not protecting yourself, you make the perfect target. Check washing is an increasingly common crime and the measures used during check washing crimes can even lead to identity theft.

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March 2, 2006

Online Job Seekers at Risk of Identity Theft

If You’re Looking for an Online Job, Be Wary of Identity Theft

If you’re looking for a job online, you have more to worry about than whether or not you’re going to get that pivotal interview or land your dream job. There are people out there looking at your resume and the last thing on their minds is offering you a job. If you want to protect yourself, you’re going to want to follow our advice.

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March 1, 2006

Why Do Identity Theft Thieves Want Your Information?

What Exactly Do Identity Theft Thieves Want To Do With Your Information?

Hopefully we all know how important it is to keep our personal information safe. With identity theft on the rise, identity theft safety is more important today than it ever was. But what exactly does an identity theft thief want with your personal information and what do they intend to use it for? Here are a few likely identity theft scenarios.

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