Tag: identity theft

3 Ways to Protect Your Child From Identity Theft

Is your child receiving a lot of credit card offers? It may be a red flag an identity thief has opened credit in your child’s name.

Identity theft is becoming a bigger problem in the United States. As technology becomes more sophisticated, hackers are finding more and better ways to steal our identities. And the theft isn’t limited to adults.

 

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10 Free Ways to Protect Your Identity from Identity Theft

Identity theft, which hits more than 12 million Americans per year — carries a per victim cost of nearly $5,000, according to some reports. So, the need to protect yourself is obvious.

And protection doesn’t have to be costly in terms of money or time.

 

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Identity theft: How to Protect Yourself Now

There’s a lot of advice about how to deal with identity theft around these days – some helpful, some unrealistic, and some a little ridiculous. We’ve done the research for you and present the following easy-to-do, indispensable steps. These items should be considered MUST-DOs if you’re serious about minimizing the effect identity theft can have on your life.

 

 

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How Identity Theft Can Kill a Small Business

Identity theft is on the rise again, hitting a 3-year high and producing one new victim every three seconds in 2012, according to a study released Wednesday by Javelin Strategy & Research. Data breaches are responsible for much of the stolen personal information. One in four people who received a breach notification letter fell victim to identity theft, the study found, compared with one in five people in 2011.

Fallout from the upswing in identity theft is hurting small businesses. Fraud victims are more selective of where they shop after an incident, the study said. About 15 percent of all fraud victims actively changed their shopping behavior, avoiding smaller online merchants in favor of larger retail sites.

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How Do You Know If Your Identity Has Been Stolen?

Identity theft was likely the number one complaint to the Federal Trade Commission in 2012. I can state that with some conviction because identity theft has been the number one complaint to the FTC for the prior 11 years. The question most of us wrestle with is this…how do I know my identity has been stolen?

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