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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
Monday, February 27, 2017
Americans remain apathetic about identity theft protection, according to the second annual Tax Season Risk Report, from Scottsdale, Ariz.-based CyberScout, which suggested taxpayers must still take ownership to protect their filings. While the Internal Revenue Service took steps to reduced tax ID theft a pattern of poor practices leaves much of the public vulnerable. Most Americans (58%) are ...read more
Categories: Community, Economic, Education, General News Article, Human Interest
Monday, February 06, 2017
Just when you thought this would be old hat, it's BACK!! Read on . . . I really endorse “Hiya”. I have this app on my cell and find it very useful. “Scams seem to be cyclical. The "Grandparents scam" was big for a while, but faded away once the public began hearing about it. But now it's back, ensnaring senior citizens once again. That's how scammers operate. If a scheme proves to be ...read more
Categories: Economic, General News Article, Community, Education, Human Interest
Monday, January 23, 2017
By combining our Small Business plan with our partner company GoSmallBiz a small business lessens the chance of risk. With LegalShield Small Business Solutions our goal is to give small businesses big business resources on a small business budget; “According to Small Business Administration (SBA) statistics approximately 40% of small businesses fail to survive more than three years. It is fair ...read more
Categories: Community, Education, Human Interest, Chamber, Economic, General News Article