Beware the Possibility of Donor Registry Scams

In the over-crowded field of identity theft, medical donor registry scams haven't yet risen above the level of background noise. Luckily, few scammers have hit upon this clever method of acquiring your personal information -- at least for now. But...

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IRS Identity Theft Scams

Nowadays, most people know that they need to be cautious in order to avoid falling prey to identity theft scams, especially online. But we also tend to pay close attention to missives we receive from the government, particularly the Internal...

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Debit Cards and ID Theft at the Gas Station

By now, you probably know to avoid gas station identity theft by taking your credit or debit card receipts with you, and disposing of them properly. But even if you do everything right, you can still get zinged by a...

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Creative Identity Theft: It's on the Rise

While the same old methods of ID theft keep occurring over and over again -- because, sadly, they work like gangbusters -- we've seen some surprisingly creative identity theft methods become more prominent recently. While ID thieves can be dumb,...

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Identity Theft and Your Social Security Number

Do you know where your Social Security Number is... or, more to the point, who it's with? The truth is, most of us don't even know our SSNs by heart, and we don't take them seriously enough. Most of us...

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How to Get a New Social Security Number

In a recent article, I outlined what you should do if your Social Security Number has been hijacked. But what if the identity thief has irrevocably ruined that number for you, by running up bills in your name or otherwise...

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What Is Identity Theft?

It's almost impossible not to know about identity theft these days. But do you really know what it means? Many people know all about identity theft protection without really understanding what the crime is, what it consists of, and what...

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Do e-Passports and RFID Credit Cards put You at Risk for Identity Theft?

Americans love convenience and speed. But sometimes it comes at the risk of identity theft. If you own an e-passport or RFID cards, you may be transmitting information to thieves without even knowing it. Learn the risks of using RFID...

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Do Electronic Medical Records Put You at Risk for Identity Theft?

It's important to protect yourself against identity theft at all times. Right now, you have control over your personal information and to what extent it's available online. This is crucial when it comes to avoiding identity theft. But what if...

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Can Canadian Identity Theft Laws Help You?

Most people don't take identity theft seriously until it happens to them. Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, discovered this the hard way. Reality hit home on a personal note after his wife became a victim of bank identity theft. Harper...

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Are You at Risk for Synthetic Identity Theft?

If you want to stay safe from identity theft, you must know the facts. As thieves become more tech-savvy, avoiding identity theft becomes more difficult. Synthetic identity theft is just one form of theft. Before you can protect yourself, you...

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Prevent Identity Theft -- Remove Your Name from Direct Marketing Lists

How would you like to prevent identity theft and have fewer headaches at the same time? You can accomplish both of these feats if you cut off direct marketers. Identity thieves strive on your personal information. One way they gain...

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Spring Has Sprung and So Has Identity Theft

What do identity theft, spring-cleaning, flowers and April showers have in common? On the surface, not much. But while you're concentrating on clearing the clutter and doing your annual spring-cleaning, thieves are concentrating on cleaning up with your personal information....

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Facebook and Identity Theft -- Can We Relax Yet?

Don't you just love Facebook? I do, you do, and so do identity theft criminals. Facebook has taken measures to increase security on the popular social networking site, and yet identity theft continues to be a problem. Discover where the...

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Careful! Don't Tweet Your Way to Identity Theft

When it comes to identity theft, there's always something new. The one predictable thing about identity theft is... it's unpredictable. You think you know what identity thieves are up to and then they pop up with some new angle or...

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Beware -- Real Estate Computer Crimes on the Rise

Whether you are renting property you own or you're looking for a home to rent, you need to be aware of the latest in computer crimes. There are three different types of computer crime circulating on the Internet, both involve...

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Identity Theft and Your Kids

Identity theft isn't one of the things you worry about when it comes to young kids and teens. As a matter of fact, identity theft probably never even crosses your mind with all the worries that occupy a parent's brain....

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Identity Theft and the Government -- Your Worst Nightmare

Security lapses from the federal, state, and local government are putting you at risk for identity theft. While Americans are sitting at home trusting the government to keep their personal information safe, serious breaches are occurring. Learn how it happens...

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Avoid Identity Theft -- Know Your Firewalls

If you want to protect yourself from identity theft, not just any old firewall will do. Chances are you could become the victim of identity theft if you don't understand firewalls and how they work. To prevent this from happening,...

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Identity Theft and Free Public Wi-Fi -- Beware

What do free public Wi-Fi and identity theft have in common? A lot! Once thought a harmless activity, surfing the Internet and checking your email in your favorite coffee shop, turns out to be dangerous to your personal information and...

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Fraud, Friends and Family

Lisa is the victim of fraud. Credit card fraud claimed her life. Did the crime take place through Internet scams? Did a thief break into her home and steal her identity? Was her identity stolen through insurance fraud or consumer...

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Identity Theft and Illegal Immigration -- How Does It Affect You?

You worry about identity theft and do everything you can to prevent it. What many people overlook when taking steps to protect their identity is taking into consideration where they live and the number of illegal immigrants in the area....

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Prevent Identity Theft with Fraud Alert

Looking for peace of mind in your ongoing battle to prevent identity theft, you need to know about fraud alerts. Anyone fearing his identity will be stolen or already a victim needs to learn about fraud alert. Fraud alerts help....

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Prevent Identity Theft - 3 Tips to Spotting Card Readers

Have you heard that the latest method of identity theft is the use of card readers? Discovery of these devices is occurring in major bank lobbies and other trusted locations. The only way to stay safe is by understanding how...

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Job Searches and Identity Theft - What You Need to Know

Identity theft is the last thing you think about when looking for a new job. Unfortunately, it can't be. Identity thieves are lurking wherever they can to steal your identity and that includes the job market....

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Prevent Identity Theft with Your Router

One of the best ways to prevent identity theft is your router. It is also one of the most overlooked methods of protecting yourself against online identity theft. Here's some information to help you get the most protection out of...

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Identity Theft Statistics: Information You Must Know

That can't happen to me. This is how many people feel about identity theft...until it happens to them. Identity theft is on the rise and can happen to anyone, including you. By knowing some important facts, you can take measures...

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Don't Let Your Social Security Number Be Used for Identity Theft Purposes

Keeping Your Social Security Number Safe Whether you know it or not, your social security number is one of the most important numbers in your life. Without one, you don't exist -- not on paper anyway. That is why you...

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Can The Law Protect You From Identity Theft?

What The Current Laws Can Do About Identity Theft What do you do if you've become the victim of identity theft? Until recently, your options were quite limited. Fortunately, thanks to new laws on the books, recovering from identity theft...

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How Your Credit Report Can Alert You to Identity Theft

Using Your Credit Report To Discover Identity Theft Your credit report is one of the most important tools in your identity theft arsenal. Unfortunately, most of us don't read them often enough. If you're only checking your credit report when...

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Make Your Resolution Identity Protection

You've made it past Christmas and New Years is just a skip away, now more than ever, you need to be aware of what you can do to insure that your identity remains your own. The fact is most of...

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Preventing Identity Theft During the Holiday Shopping Season

It's time for holiday shopping and that means an increased risk of identity theft. The last thing you need this time of year is to discover you've been made a victim of the crime. Fortunately, there are some ways you...

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Identity Theft Basics

A Common-Sense Approach To Preventing Identity Theft Identity theft is an increasingly common threat as we use the Internet more frequently to connect with loved ones, complete purchases and conduct financial transactions. If you put personal information on the Web...

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Identity Theft Prevention the Easy Way

Having Trouble Remembering How to Reduce Your Identity Theft Risk? Sometimes it can get overwhelming trying to remember identity theft prevention tips. We've decided to make it easy for you. Below you'll find eight identity theft prevention tips, using the...

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Has Your Child Been the Victim of Identity Theft?

Children Need to Be Protected From Identity Theft Too It used to be that high school students would get out of class for an assembly and the speaker was usually a recovering alcoholic there to warn about the dangers of...

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How Long Does Identity Theft Hurt?

The Lasting Effects of Identity Theft When people ask about identity theft, one of the first questions that seems to come out is "How long will the effects of identity theft last?" The answer to this question, unfortunately, isn't always...

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More on Identity Theft and Illegal Immigration

Proof that Illegal Immigration Does Impact Identity Theft A while back we wrote about illegal immigration and how it affects identity theft. It was quite a hot-button topic. Some were so adamant about the rights of illegal aliens that they...

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Identity Theft Criminals: Why They Do It...

Identity Theft Can Be Big Money To me, identity theft will always be somewhat of a mystery. I, personally, cannot fathom why someone would steal the identity of another. Don't get me wrong. I understand the concept of basic human...

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Identity Theft Isn't Always Financial In Nature

There's More To Identity Theft Than Meets the Eye Think that identity theft criminals just want your information so they can get credit in your name? Feel you're not at risk of identity theft because your credit isn't up to...

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When Parents Commit Identity Theft

Some Identity Theft Crimes Are Uglier Than Others As a parent, you're supposed to protect your children. That's what makes it so horrendous and ugly when parents commit identity theft. And I'm not talking about identity theft of some random...

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Children Are at an Increasing Risk of Identity Theft

Identity theft targets children too Your son gets arrested for writing bad checks or your daughter applies for her first apartment only to find out she has thousands of dollars in unpaid debts -- welcome to the world of identity...

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Identity Theft: When Are The Courts Going To Take It Seriously?

The Sickening Truth About Identity Theft and The Legal System When it comes to talking about identity theft, I usually like to stick with the facts in an calm, collected and unbiased manner. However, when something makes me sick to...

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Putting Identity Theft Into Perspective

The Truth About Identity Theft When it comes to identity theft, there is definitely cause for concern. But are companies starting to take advantage of the fear that this very personal crime instills in us? The sad fact of the...

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Is Identity Theft Really Like the Commercials Show It?

The Ugly Reality of Identity Theft If you've seen the identity theft commercials on television -- the one that portrays the big guy sitting on the couching talking with a cheerleader's voice or the one with the little old lady...

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Are You Increasing Your Own Risk of Identity Theft?

Is Your Wallet an Identity Theft Treasure Chest? Let me ask you a question… What’s in your wallet? And no, I’m not trying to sell you a credit card. Too many consumers make the mistake of carrying unnecessary personal documents...

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Identity Theft from A to G

More Tips On Preventing Identity Theft Identity theft is a growing crime, and if you don’t take steps to protect yourself you may later come to regret. Below you’ll learn some easy to remember, but nevertheless important tips for reducing...

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How Illegal Drug Use and Identity Theft are Related

Identity Theft and Methamphetamine Use A recent news article focused on the connection between identity theft and methamphetamine use. Confused? It might seem illogical. What could identity theft and drug use have in common? It's actually a pretty direct connection....

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Identity Fraud Explained

Are Identity Theft and Identity Fraud the Same Thing? Sometimes identity theft is referred to as identity fraud. You might be wondering what determines how a crime is defined. If you want to know what makes one crime one thing...

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Fraud, Identity Theft, and National Consumer Protection Week

Identity Theft Is The Worst Type of Fraud It’s National Consumer Protection Week, which means it is a perfect time to think about topics we usually don’t like to address such as fraud, identity theft, and cyber crime. Crimes such...

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Cyber Crime Explained

What is Cyber Crime? It’s highly likely that notorious criminals Bonnie and Clyde could have hardly predicted that in the new millennium cyber crime would be a phrase in an American’s vocabulary. Cyber crime definitely is an unfortunate reality in...

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Identity Theft and the Traveling Salesman

Helpful Hints for Avoiding Identity Theft Identity theft can be disguised in many forms. I don’t know about where you live, but do you ever get those door-to-door salespeople who arrive on your doorstep selling magazines? A few months ago...

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Identity Theft Occurs Daily

Recent News Headlines Reinforce Just How Often Identity Theft Happens If you think identity theft is under control, you may want to think twice. Although some may have you believe that the criminals are being caught and the world is...

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How Receipts Can Help Fight Identity Theft

Can Keeping Your Receipts Help You If You Become an Identity Theft Victim? When you hear news reports about identity theft that involve everyday businesses, you are quickly reminded just how often you use your credit and debit cards. As...

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Identity Theft after the Holidays

It Pays to Learn All You Can about Identity Theft Even though Christmas is over, identity theft is still a reason for concern. Just last week an employee at a Delaware mall was arrested for identity theft. Apparently, she took...

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Identity Theft and Medical Records

Electronic Medical Records on the Internet Can Increase Identity Theft One complicated area of identity theft and how it relates to consumers’ lives has to do with access to medical information. Consumers are becoming more vocal and some are demanding...

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Identity Theft and the Holiday Season

Tips for Avoiding Identity Theft This December Your risk of identity theft during the holidays goes through the roof, so to speak. Identity theft can occur any time of the year, but the busy holiday season puts consumers at a...

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The Link Between Identity Theft and Illegal Immigration

Recent Article Explains Why Identity Theft is on the Rise There’s no doubt that identity theft has been increasing in recent years, and it has become one of the fastest growing crimes. Identity theft is an ever present threat, and...

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Identity Theft Hollywood Style

The Talented Mr. Ripley Showed Identity Theft at its Worst Identity theft usually involves a huge loss of time and money for its victims. That can certainly be annoying and frustrating, but it doesn’t seem quite as somber when you...

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Interesting Identity Theft Statistics

Knowing Identity Theft Statistics Can Reduce Your Risk of Identity Theft Identity theft statistics can be quite an eye opener for many individuals. Many of us know how to reduce the likelihood that we will become a victim of identity...

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How Employers Can Contribute to Identity Theft

If You Become the Victim of Identity Theft, Blame it on Your Employer! Employers often unknowingly contribute to identity theft by standard practices that present a risk for their employees. It’s a sad but unfortunate reality that you might become...

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Identity Theft and the Elderly

The Elderly May Need Help In Preventing and Fighting Identity Theft Anyone can become the victim of identity theft, including elderly individuals who rarely use their credit cards and have never been on a computer. However, it is important to...

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Why Isn’t Identity Theft Getting Better?

What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself From Being a Victim of Identity Theft Identity theft can be quite an uncomfortable topic to talk about. With recent technological advancements, you would think that it would be very hard for...

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Has YOUR Social Security Number Been Stolen for Employment Fraud?

A Growing Identity Theft Problem We keep hearing that measures are being taken to combat identity theft. People are monitoring their credit reports, shredding credit applications and installing safety programs on their computers. While some may say identity theft is...

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Can Someone Steal Your Email to Send Spam?

Your Identity Isn’t The Only Thing That Can Be Stolen From You You wake up one morning, head to your computer and turn it on. You pour yourself a cup of coffee as you’re waiting for the computer to boot...

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New Identity Theft Service May Benefit Consumers

An Identity Theft Service That Goes Beyond Credit Monitoring We’re all concerned about identity theft and most of us have been looking for ways to reduce our risk of identity theft and check to be sure we haven’t yet become...

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Americans Are Still Making Identity Theft Easy

How We Hand Our Information Over For Identity Theft Just when we thought almost everyone was on top of their identity-theft prevention game, it turns out that scores of Americans are still handing their personal information to the wolves. Our...

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Internet Newbies at Greater Risk of Identity Theft

Are Some More at Risk of Identity Theft than Others? Those of us who have been using the Internet for years tend to assume that everyone’s gotten plugged into the Web right along with us. The truth of the matter...

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Identity Theft: A Difference between Caution and Paranoia

Don’t Lose Your Mind When Watching Out for Identity Theft Okay, I will admit that I can sound pretty doom and gloom when it comes to fighting identity theft. In fact, one might believe that identity theft risks are lurking...

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Identity Theft Isn’t Always a Solitary Game

Identity Theft Cases Can Often Be Linked to Identity Theft Rings When most of us think about identity theft, images of a lowly, lone criminal searching for our personal information usually come to mind. However, the true face of identity...

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Are Identity Theft Warnings Really Overblown?

Is Identity Theft Really the Problem It’s Touted to Be? There’s been some debate lately as to whether or not identity theft is really the problem it’s reported to be. Some people are trying to say that identity theft isn’t...

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Would You Know If You Were a Victim of Identity Theft?

Would You Know if You Were the Victim of Identity Theft? Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the country. Unfortunately, many of the victims don’t even know that they’ve been victimized until months after the damage...

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Is Identity Theft Finally Getting Some Attention?

Identity Theft is Finally Being Noticed by Authorities It used to be that victims of identity theft would go into their local police departments, file a police report, and have that report shoved into a folder to get lost amid...

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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...

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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,...

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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!...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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The Four Main Types of ID Theft

There’s More Than One Type of ID Theft When most people think of ID theft, they think of financial ID theft. But believe it or not, financial ID theft isn’t the only type of ID theft being committed. To better...

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The Ugly History of Identity Theft

Understanding the History of Identity Theft Believe it or not, the history of identity theft did not begin with the advent of the Internet. Identity theft was indeed here long before the Internet began, but was much less common. Nowadays,...

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What is Identity Theft?

Understanding Identity Theft In the case of identity theft, what you don’t know can hurt you. If you’ve heard of identity theft but you’re not sure what it is, you’re going to want to read this. After all, there’s a...

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