News for Community

Monday, April 23, 2018
Does Medicare need to update your files before issuing your new Medicare card? Does Medicare need to update your bank information? These are a couple of questions Medicare recipients are being asked. Should you answer these and other questions? From ConsumerAffairs and AARP: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is issuing new Medicare cards to seniors, with random letters instead of ...read more
Categories: Community, Education, General News Article, Human Interest, Economic
Monday, April 02, 2018
An article from the Delaware Gazette. Scammers are getting more ingenious in ways to separate your personal information from you. If you’ve ever received an email from someone claiming to be the Prince of Nigeria telling you that you’ve been lucky enough to come into a large sum of money, chances are you’ve been targeted as part of something called a phishing scam. These types of scams have ...read more
Categories: Economic, General News Article, Community, Education, Human Interest
Monday, March 26, 2018
So, will these new cards protect you more than the previous cards containing your SS number? Yes, and maybe no. From the Motley Fool: Medicare provides essential support for millions of older Americans in protecting their health. Those who choose to join Medicare receive a card that identifies them as Medicare participants, and for decades, the design of the Medicare card stayed the same. ...read more
Categories: Education, Economic, Human Interest, Community, General News Article
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Categories: Community, Press Release
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
MENIFEE, CA – Blitzer’s! Premium Frozen Yogurt is coming to Menifee, and they plan to lead the craze.Coming Soon – Blitzer’s! Premium Frozen Yogurt – Shoppes at the Lakes Blitzer’s!, to be located in Shoppes at the Lake, at 29101 Newport Road, Suite 103, will have seven build-it-yourself stations for frozen yogurt, gelato, custard, toppings, and other tasty desserts. Co-owner Roger Copp, ...read more
Categories: Community, Press Release, Chamber, Human Interest
Monday, March 19, 2018
  Do you regularly “cross-shred” your documents? Which documents should you shred? Take advantage of paper shredding events in your area. Dumpster diving is still alive and well. Read on from WWLP.com: “CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s important to properly dispose of personal information so it doesn’t end up in the wrong hands. National Consumer Protection Week is designed to help people protect ...read more
Categories: Community, Economic, General News Article, Human Interest, Chamber
Monday, March 12, 2018
Look at the documents this guy had in his possession!! Is he a Russian identity thief? I don't think so. A common criminal? I think so. But once he sells this stuff on black market – watch out!! This is local folks – Yucca Valley. From the San Bernardino Sun: “Sheriff’s deputies recovered documents with personal identifying information belonging to numerous victims after serving a search ...read more
Categories: Community, Education, Economic, General News Article
Monday, March 05, 2018
It's becoming routine for companies experiencing data breaches to downplay certain aspects of the breach. I reported earlier, that in my opinion, this breach was going to get larger. Bottom line – we can't do anything about that, but we can protect ourselves from identity theft. Be protected. It's a bit more secure knowing a reputable monitoring company has your back. From Wired magazine: “IT ...read more
Categories: Community, Human Interest, Education, Economic, General News Article
Monday, February 26, 2018
2017 Was a Record Year for ID Theft in the U.S. At least 16.7 million Americans had their identities compromised. It's not the numbers so much as the fact that it's getting worse, with no end in site. As a matter of fact, every aspect of your personal information is at risk for identity theft. From IEEE Spectrum: “This will not come as a big shock: an estimated 16.7 million Americans were ...read more
Categories: Economic, General News Article, Community, Education, Human Interest
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 ...read more
Categories: Community, Education, Chamber, Economic, General News Article
Friday, January 26, 2018
More scams, some old some new, and most recycled. They still work. Especially as folks get desperate to make that extra income. From ConsumerAffairs: “A company that marketed "business coaching" courses to people starting home-based businesses has agreed to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC had charged Internet Teaching and Training Specialists LLC (ITT) with taking ...read more
Categories: Economic, General News Article, Community, Education, Human Interest
Monday, January 15, 2018
Are you tired of reading, and hearing about these massive identity theft breaches? So am I and I think we become complacent. But every day you can find the small time criminal doing their bit to disrupt your life. Remember, whether your victimized from one of these massive breaches, or your victimized from a small time thief, it comes down to one fact – your information is compromised. The thief ...read more
Categories: Economic, General News Article, Community, Education, Human Interest
Monday, December 11, 2017
Is someone impersonating you? You won't know until it's too late. More and more stories are surfacing. Citizens being pulled over for a missing tailight being arrested for illegal actions in states they've never been to. Recently a Californian found that he had outstanding tickets back east. And there was a bench warrant for his arrest!! How did he find out? Luckily while renewing his driver ...read more
Categories: Economic, General News Article, Community, Education, Human Interest
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 ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic, General News Article, Human Interest
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 ...read more
Categories: Community, General News Article, Chamber, Economic, Human Interest
Monday, October 30, 2017
This could be you! I continually tell folks that financial identity theft is not the story any longer. Only 17% of fraud is financial. This story ended up with a 'happy ending', but most require time, money, and much frustration to resolve. From a FOX NEWS story: “A San Francisco man who lost identification cards when his backpack was stolen was stunned to receive a $52,310 bill for the thief's ...read more
Categories: Community, Economic, Education, General News Article, Human Interest
Monday, October 16, 2017
Folks, it's not over yet! From ConsumerAffairs: Equifax has reportedly disabled a customer help page on its website and is investigating whether hackers used it to recently breach its network. “Tech site Ars Technica broke the story, quoting a security analyst as saying he noticed the Equifax site was redirecting visitors to another page and instructing them to download a fake software update. ...read more
Categories: Economic, General News Article, Community, Education, Human Interest
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, ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic, General News Article, Human Interest, Political
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 ...read more
Categories: Community, Education, Human Interest, Chamber, Economic, General News Article
Monday, August 14, 2017
I did not know this. Gonna give it a try anyway the next time I fill up. Didn't know the receipt could be used for several different reasons. Why didn't someone figure this out before? From a local TV station in Texas: AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, Sid Miller, released a video of tips to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft at the pump. While many were widely known ...read more
Categories: Community, Education, Human Interest, Economic, General News Article
Monday, July 24, 2017
This happens all too often. And, as usual, it's recommended you consult with an attorney. Remember, with LegalShield, we've done the legwork for you. From an article in the Los Angeles Times: Dear Liz: I went back to school in 2002 to get my teaching credential. I took out several student loans and set up a repayment plan upon graduating with automatic deduction out of my checking account. ...read more
Categories: Community, Economic, Education, General News Article, Human Interest
Monday, July 17, 2017
Each week it seems I find a story like this. These fly under the radar. Small change, unless you are one of these victims. But think about it, as these types of identity theft become more prevalent the number of people effected will increase. From the NorCal Patch: CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA -- A former Antioch police officer and his wife have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a tax fraud ...read more
Categories: Education, Community, General News Article
Monday, July 10, 2017
More help on having a safe vacation this year. From the Daily Times Opinion: Summer is nearly here and many of us are preparing for our long-anticipated summer vacation. Whether it’s to the beach for a long weekend or a trip overseas, don’t let your guard down against identity theft this summer – it happens more frequently than you may think. According to a June 16, 2015 survey commissioned by ...read more
Categories: Community, Education, Human Interest, Economic, General News Article
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 ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic, General News Article