News for Chamber

Monday, February 19, 2018
Once you're a member, your LegalShield team is constantly providing useful information. From the latest IDShield’s informational pieces: "The number of cyber-attacks against small businesses has more than doubled in the past 5 years. Small businesses are often targeted because many lack critical IT security policies and procedures, which larger organizations have in place. You have a duty to more
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Monday, February 05, 2018
It's that time of year again. Scamers are in full swing. You've read this information before but it pays to read again. From WHNT-TV: Tax time is in full swing, which means scammers are ready to steal your tax information and your refund, this is also known as tax identity theft. Tax identity theft happens when someone files a fake tax return using your personal information — like your Social more
Categories: Human Interest, Economic, Chamber, General News Article
Monday, January 29, 2018
Small Business owners have enough to worry about and now let's add a potential scam to the mix. Here's another scam to worry about. From the ConsumerAffairs: “The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is warning employers to be on guard against the Form W-2 phishing scam as tax season gets underway. The scheme defrauded thousands of taxpayers and hundreds of organizations last year, and the tax more
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Monday, November 27, 2017
“ 'Tis the season for clicking away on our computers and mobile devices. Most of us will be online even more than usual in the coming weeks. Oh, look at that great sale! Click. The kids are soo cute with the antler hats, have to post them on Facebook. Click. Responding to the Evite for the holiday party. Click. All that information sharing also makes us more vulnerable to cybersecurity more
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Saturday, November 11, 2017
From the Miami Herald. A topic I touch on every once in awhile since I feel it is so important. We all have Social Security numbers, even children. Well, criminals are making good use of those numbers. Children are the new surprising target for identity thieves. Youngsters make great targets because if they become identity theft victims, it could be years before the crime is detected. This is more
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Sunday, October 22, 2017
Amazing, hackers can seemingly choose where, when, and how to strike. It seems that they can hack at will. I know quite a few Real Estate professionals in our area and wonder if this impacts there doing business. From ConsumerAffairs: "Buying a home can be a stressful, nerve-wracking experience under the best of circumstances. If you’re nearing closing on a new home, don’t let that stress make more
Categories: Economic, General News Article, Chamber, Education
Monday, October 09, 2017
When I signed up for #IDShield, an initial scan was completed. And yes, Yahoo! showed up. The scary thing was that the password listed was an old password. #IDShield has solved this challenge also with their #VAULT. A secure area on your #IDShield website to store passwords. You need to protect yourself from #identitytheft. This from ConsumerAffairs: “Yahoo’s massive 2013 data breach, more
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Is your personal information 'personal'? This following story is the difference between having an identity theft MONITORING SERVICE like most services versus our identity theft RESTORATION SERVICE by the licensed investigators at Kroll and attorneys at LegalShield. Read this story, then contact me for more information. "I went to renew my drivers license in California and was told I couldn't more
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Monday, September 18, 2017
So, 143 MIILION folks had there Equifax accounts breached. Do you really care? How many of you are in the “I'll wait and see” attitude. Have you done anything about protecting your personal information.“Yes, I have Phil”, you say. “I went to the Equifax website, found that I'm vulnerable and signed up for the free 1 year monitoring service.” Well a couple bits of information: 1) by signing up more
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Monday, September 04, 2017
Let's keep an eye on this class action suit. I'm always amazed at how much money the attorneys walk away with. My wife was part of a $65M class action suit against LifeLock. Her check was for $19.82: Over one billion Yahoo users whose personal information was compromised due to a series of massive data breaches will get their day in court, according to a ruling passed down by U.S. District more
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Sunday, August 06, 2017
Let me ask you, is a contract written to protect the seller, or the buyer? I love it when I sit down with a potential LegalShield client concerning protecting their legal rights and personal information against identity theft. They tell me they don't sign contracts, especially when it comes to cell, cables, and other such utilities. Well, I beg to differ. These are all contracts, and should be more
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Monday, July 31, 2017
It pays to read the fine print, or better yet, have an attorney do it for you. And remember, with a LegalShield plan document review is free as part of the monthly membership. From Mark Huffman of ConsumerAffairs: Wells Fargo has revealed that approximately 570,000 consumers who financed auto purchases through the bank may have been sold a collateral protection insurance (CPI) without their more
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Sunday, June 25, 2017
It's that time of year again. And unfortunately, it's getting scary to leave your home unattended for any length of time. Yea, we have video, but from reading different articles, and news programs, thieves really don't care. You're opening up for all different kinds of identity theft, besides just the ramsacking of your home and all those legal ramifications. One quick tip, DO NOT post all over more
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Sunday, June 11, 2017
I found this really interesting. Maybe AI can be scary, but in this instance AI is showing promise. Identity theft is often a multi-layered process. Once a thief gets one bit of your information, they try to use it to get more. The hackers behind the 2015 data breach of the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS), for example, used personal information they’d previously stolen from thousands of more
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Monday, June 05, 2017
From a local news story in North Dakota. Read the bottom. How nice being offered monitoring for one year. However, if like similar offerings, aka Target, the monitoring will only cover breaches as a result of this event. You need complete monitoring. The North Dakota Department of Human Services is notifying 2,452 Medicaid program recipients or their guardians/personal representatives about a more
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Monday, May 29, 2017
From an article in ConsumerAffairs: “Here's a good reason to carefully guard your credit card information. A new report predicts thieves are stepping up their credit card fraud activities. The Radial eCommerce Fraud Technology Lab reports what it calls an alarming increase in credit card "testing." That's when criminals who have obtained stolen credit card numbers use them to make small more
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Monday, May 08, 2017
Sometimes change is good, but the hidden message here is LESS cybersecurity for the consumer. An article from ConsumerAffairs: Some of the major banks have proposed changes to Dodd-Frank financial reform rules governing the way consumers access their financial information. Personal Capital, a firm providing financial asset tracking tools, charges the bank-supported changes would restrict more
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Monday, April 17, 2017
From an article in Forbes Magazine. This is scary. My mother-in-law actually received her application for Medicare back from Riverside County which had been obviously opened. Whoever sent it back had merely used the metal clip without securing the lip. The metal clip was broken and the paperwork was out of sequence. I immediately signed her up for IDShield. I felt it was worth the $9.95 each more
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Sunday, April 02, 2017
Well, you've probably read that our state leaders are increasing our gasoline taxes another 12 cents to pay for infrastructure improvements, including streets. I won't get political here but now is the time to go back to gas station shopping. This was my thing when gas pricing had gone through the roof. Maybe time to re-institute comparison shopping: “The price of gasoline has been relatively more
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Monday, March 06, 2017
Every day I see more and more issues with all types of identity theft. I read this from a publication called “DailyDirt”. It reminds me of the issue with Apple cell phones. Can you imagine the government obtaining a 'backdoor' program for iPhones? How quickly do you think that software would be hacked? Read on . . . “Last year, the personal records of 100,000 taxpayers wound up in the hands of more
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