Fraud

Identity thieves and cybercriminals value your identity. They can profit from your personal information by committing identity fraud — to open credit card accounts, obtain loans, and more — all in your name. Learn how to spot and help protect against identity theft.

Tax Fraud
You could be a victim if identity thieves commit tax-related crimes or fraud in your name. That includes filing for a fake tax refund. Learn how to help protect yourself against tax-fraud scammers.
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Social Security Fraud
Social Security fraud occurs when someone uses your Social Security number to obtain government services, a tax refund, or a job. Find out what to do if you’re a victim, and how to help protect your Social Security number.
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Medical Fraud
Medical fraud occurs when someone uses your personal information to obtain medical care, buy prescription drugs, and more. Learn how medical fraud can hurt your finances and health — and how to help protect against it.
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Credit Card Fraud
No one wants to become a victim of credit card fraud. Learn what to do when criminals make purchases or open new credit cards in your name. And find out how to help protect against it from happening.
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Fraud Related Articles
Why You Should File Your Taxes Early in 2019
This and every tax season, file your taxes early — to try to avoid tax-refund identity theft.
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Election Day 2018: 7 security tips you should know before you vote
Your vote counts. Before casting your ballot, take a look at these 7 tips for election security.
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Student Loan Forgiveness Scams: How to Spot Scams and Help Protect Yourself
Student loan forgiveness is a common area for scammers and unethical companies who aim to exploit the fears of new grads.
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Bank Fraud
Bank fraud occurs when someone steals your login and contact information, often using it for other banking crimes or to open new accounts in your name.
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What Is Welfare Fraud?
Stay informed about the latest identity theft news and stories about what law enforcement and elected officials are doing to protect consumers from becoming victims.
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What Is a Fraud Alert, and What Are the Different Types?
Have you lost your wallet, chock full of credit cards? Then it's time to learn what is a fraud alert, including the different types.
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What Is Credit Card Fraud?
Stay informed about the latest identity theft news and stories about what law enforcement and elected officials are doing to protect consumers from becoming victims.
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What Is Check Fraud?
Stay informed about the latest identity theft news and stories about what law enforcement and elected officials are doing to protect consumers from becoming victims.
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11 Types of Social Security Fraud
Social Security fraud costs taxpayers billions of dollars, but how does all that money get swiped? Here are some of the many types of Social Security fraud.
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Tips to Avoid Medicare Card Fraud
Seniors just turning 65 may be surprised to find their Social Security number printed on their new Medicare card, doubling as their identification numbers.
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Skimmers, Gas Pumps and You
Gas station skimmers remain a popular way for criminals to steal your payment card information. Here's what to look out for the next time you buy gas.
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Tax Fraud: What You Need to Know
Stay informed about the latest identity theft news and stories about what law enforcement and elected officials are doing to protect consumers from becoming victims.
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New Account Fraud: The Cost of Remediation
But new account fraud—including new credit cards—is the most expensive type of identity fraud for victims to resolve.
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Massive Identity Theft, Tax Return Scam Affects 11,000 People
A federal grand jury in Pennsylvania has indicted 16 people in a massive identity theft and tax return scam that affected an estimated 11,000 people.
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Medical Identity Theft Skyrockets
Medical identity theft can ail your credit score and can cause you to accumulate personal debt from large medical bills.
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How Credit Card Skimming Works - and How to Avoid It
A card skimmer is a small, illegal device fit on top of real card readers at self-service sale terminals. Learn tips on how to avoid credit card skimming.
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What is Loan Fraud and How Does it Occur?
Many loaning agencies only require a small amount of information in their application process, so identity thieves can steal your information for payday loans.
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IRS Less Responsive to ID Theft Victims Due to Budget Cuts
Stay informed about the latest identity theft news and stories about what law enforcement and elected officials are doing to protect consumers from becoming victims.
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How to Help Protect Yourself from Credit Card Fraud
Stay informed about the latest identity theft news and stories about what law enforcement and elected officials are doing to protect consumers from becoming victims.
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Fraud: What You Need to Know
Are you a victim of fraud? Click here to learn more about tax fraud, credit card fraud and check fraud and what you can do to help protect yourself.
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How to Help Protect Against Fraud
If you worry about having your personal and financial information stolen, it’s a smart move to learn about fraud protection. Here's what you need to know.
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FTC Advice: File Your Taxes Early
January and February are prime season for identity thieves hoping to rake in thousands of dollars by committing tax fraud to steal tax refunds.
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Employment Related Fraud
A criminal background, an illegal status or even a bad work history can make it difficult to find employment. That’s why identity thieves are often resorting to employment fraud.
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Deed Fraud: Losing Your Home With the Stroke of a Pen
Stay informed about the latest identity theft news and stories about what law enforcement and elected officials are doing to protect consumers from becoming victims.
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Do Chip Credit, Debit Cards Help Prevent Fraud?
Stay informed about the latest identity theft news and stories about what law enforcement and elected officials are doing to protect consumers from becoming victims.
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Death and Taxes—and Social Security Numbers
A government report says there are 6.4 million active Social Security numbers for people 112-years and up. Maybe death and taxes aren't so certain.
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