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Your identity is worth a lot to you — and to identity thieves. That’s why identity thieves prey on your personal information to commit crimes and make money. Learn how to help protect against and recover from identity theft, whether you’re at home or on the road.

ID Theft Recovery
If someone steals your identity, you could face costs and hassles. That’s why it’s smart to know how to recover from identity theft. Find out what to do to help restore your personal and financial life, and your good name.
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Travel Protection
Identity theft is a threat even when you travel. Identity thieves may target you in high-tech and low-tech ways. Learn how to help protect against identity theft when on the go.
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ID Theft Protection
Your identity is worth protecting. Identity theft happens when criminals use your personal information to open lines of credit, obtain medical care, file for a tax refund, and more — all in your name. Learn how ID theft protection can help.
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T-Mobile investigating data breach. Data of more than 40 million existing and prospective customers exposed
T-Mobile has confirmed unauthorized access to its data and is investigating the extent of the incident, after reports that sensitive data of 100 million T-Mobile USA customers is for sale on the web.
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Hackers Target IRS in Attempt to Commit Identity Theft
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 Phone Account Takeover Fraud? Why It’s Smart to Protect Your Cellphone Number
This fraud happens when a scammer takes control of your wireless phone account and phone number. It can cause plenty of financial pain.
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Tax filing extension: Should I file now anyway?
The U.S. government has extended this year’s tax-filing deadline from April 15 to July 15, 2020. Find out what this means for you.
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5 IRS Scams to Watch Out For This Tax Season
Tax season brings out scammers. Here’s what you can do to help protect against tax-related scams.
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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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Home Title Theft: An Overview Plus Protection Tips
Is home title theft real? It’s definitely a growing concern related to identity theft. Learn more and consider these home title protection tips.
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What Is Tax-Related Identity Theft and How Can You Recover From It?
Tax-related identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number to fraudulently obtain your tax refund.
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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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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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How to Remove Personal Information From the Internet
If you’re ready to help protect your identity, here’s how to remove personal information from the internet.
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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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What Is Data Privacy and Why Is it Important?
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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10 Warning Signs of Identity Theft
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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COVID-19 Relief Fraud and Its Tax Impact: What You Need to Know
Fraudsters are using coronavirus aid programs to commit ID theft and steal funds. Learn how to help protect yourself against COVID-19-related fraud.
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How to Buy a House With Bad Credit: 6 Tips
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 Shoulder Surfing?
Shoulder surfing can lead to financial wipeout—yours. What is shoulder surfing? A dangerous sport, if you’re the victim.
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IP PINs for Everyone: How This IRS Security Tool Could Help Protect You From Identity Theft
The IRS is giving taxpayers a new tool to help prevent tax-related identity theft: an Identity Protection Personal Identification Number. Here’s how it works.
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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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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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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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What Is Credit Card Fraud?
Learn about credit card fraud, how it happens, and what you can do to help protect yourself against credit card fraud.
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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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Equifax Data Breach Affects Millions of Consumers. Here’s What to Do.
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 Data Breach and How Do I Handle One?
Learn about how data breaches happen and what you can do to help keep your info safe.
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7 Steps to Take Right After a Data Breach
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 Check If You're Affected by the Equifax Data Breach
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 Credit Report and Why is it Important?
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 Freeze Your Credit
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How to Place or Remove a Fraud Alert on Your Credit Report
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 Credit Freeze? Should I Freeze My Credit?
A credit freeze can help protect you against identity fraud. Learn the pros and cons of credit freezes.
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How to Get Your FICO® Score for Free
You can get your FICO® Score for free in a lot of places, including these.
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How to Dispute a Credit Report Error in 5 Easy Steps
If you find something in your credit report that doesn’t belong there, here’s what to do.
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5 Steps to Take Immediately If Your Credit Card Is Lost or Stolen
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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15 Tips for Safer Online Shopping
Scammers can suck the joy out of holiday online shopping. Check out our safety tips so you can help avoid becoming their latest victim.
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5 Ways to Help Protect Your Personal Information Online
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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13 Census Scams to Watch Out For in 2020 and How to Avoid Them
Scammers are taking advantage of the 2020 U.S. census to steal personal information. Here’s what you need to know.
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Netflix Email Scam Targets 110 Million Subscribers: Here's What to Do
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 Ghosting? One More Form of Identity Theft
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 Report Identity Theft to the Credit Bureaus
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 the Dark Web and Other Deep Web Terms
Check out this expansive glossary of terms to gain a better understanding of how the dark web works.
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What Is Criminal Identity Theft?
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 Child Identity Theft?
If your 3-year-old is getting pre-approved credit card offers in the mail, you both may have a problem: child identity theft. What is child identity theft?
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5 Ways Hackers Can Steal Your Identity
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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Identity Theft Insurance: What Is It and What Does It Cover?
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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10 Types of Identity Theft You Should Know About
When it comes to identity theft, the first step in protecting yourself is learning what thieves are doing to steal your personal information.
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15 Facts You Have to Know About Identity Theft
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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Online Identity Theft: What It Is and How It Happens
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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Child Identity Theft by a Parent: 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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Identity Theft vs. Identity Fraud - What's the Difference?
Learn about the difference between identity theft and identity fraud. Be prepared and find out how you can help protect yourself with LifeLock.
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Carding: What is it and how can you avoid it?
Carding is a type of fraud in which a thief steals credit card numbers and uses them to buy prepaid gift cards.
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7 Ways Identity Theft Can Happen to You
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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4 Lasting Effects of Identity Theft
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 to Do If Your Identity Is Stolen: 14 Steps
If you become a victim of identity theft, you should take immediate steps. Here’s what you need to do.
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Reporting Identity Theft to Police: Steps to Take and Things 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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5 Kinds of ID Theft Using a Social Security Number
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 Personally Identifiable Information (PII)?
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 to Do if Your Social Security Card is Lost or Stolen
This article covers what you need to know and answers the big question: “What do I do if I lost my Social Security card?”
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Can Your Identity Be Stolen With Only a Name and Address?
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 Steps to Take If You Lose Your Wallet
You’ve lost your wallet—or it’s been stolen—and your first instinct is to panic. But resist this urge. Instead, here's what to do when you lose your wallet.
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How to Quickly Replace a Stolen or Lost Social Security Card
Have you lost your Social Security card? Has your Social Security card been stolen? Here’s the best way to quickly replace it. Get expert advice from LifeLock on how to replace a stolen or lost Social Security card.
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Data breach: Could Your Email Account Be Compromised?
Hackers could take control of your email accounts after a data breach. Learn more.
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COVID-19 Charity Scams: 9 Tips to Help Avoid Fakes
The opportunity for fake-charity scams is high, with so many people in need due to COVID-19.
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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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5 Reasons Why a Credit Freeze Isn’t Enough to Help Protect Against Identity Theft
Did you know a credit freeze may not prevent identity theft? Learn about the different ways your personal information can be used after a breach and what steps you can take to help prevent identity thieves from doing so.
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Privacy Monitor Helps Make Your Life More Private
Today LifeLock announces its free new service, Privacy Monitor, which empowers consumers to take back control over their personal information.
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WannaCry Ransomware Hits Computers Globally. Here's What You Can Do.
The global computer threat that came from the WannaCry ransomware attack appears to be somewhat under control after several days, but don’t relax.
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6 Reasons Why Home Alarm Systems Are Worth the Investment
What's the best way to protect one's home? Besides locking all the doors and windows — many also turn to modern technology, such as a home alarm system.
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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's Your Digital Identity?
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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Credit Monitoring vs. Identity Theft Protection: What's the Difference?
Do you know the difference between ID theft protection & credit monitoring? Find out now and learn more about which one may be best for you.
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How to Help Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft — Because Prevention Is Impossible
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 Common Is Identity Theft? (Updated 2018) The Latest Stats
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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Warning Signs That You're a Victim of Tax Refund Identity Theft
The IRS says that if you receive one of these notices, it could be the first sign that you're a victim of tax refund identity theft.
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5 Ways to Help Protect Your Child from Identity Theft
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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Identity Theft vs. Credit Card Fraud
While no one wants to become a victim of identity theft or credit card fraud, the latter is the lesser of two evils.
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What Is Medical Identity Theft?
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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7 Things to Know About Your New Medicare Card
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 Long Does It Take to Recover From Identity Theft?
The average time it takes to fix an identity theft issue is seven hours. How long you'll spend recovering from identity theft depends on these factors.
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Who Are the Biggest Targets for Identity Theft?
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 a Silent Phone Call Could Lead to Identity Theft
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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Why Teens Are at Risk for Identity Theft
Identity theft is more common among kids, teens and college students than any other age group.
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The Nightmarish Experiences of an Identity Theft Victim
Michael Collins has spent 25 years working in law enforcement in the San Francisco Bay Area, and was a victim of identity theft after the Target breach.
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What Is Financial Identity Theft?
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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Debit vs. Credit Card ID Theft
Most credit card companies allow 90 days for a victim to report an unauthorized transaction, while banks generally require a two-day notice for unauthorized debit card purchases.
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Protecting Your Home Could Help Protect Your Identity
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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Fake ID Identity Theft
Heading back to campus? Excited about that new fake ID? So is the guy who just stole your identity.
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What Is Synthetic Identity Theft?
Learn more about synthetic identity theft and find out how to help protect yourself against it.
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Check-date fraud: Date your checks “2020” — here’s why | NortonLifeLock
If you don’t date your checks by using the full four-digit year in 2020, you could increase your chance of becoming a victim of check fraud.
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What Is Mail Theft? Why Should I Be Aware of It?
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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Government checks and the coronavirus: Watch out for scams
The FTC is warning Americans to watch out for scams related to the government’s financial-relief effort due to the coronavirus.
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The Latest Scam: “Malicious Tagging” on Facebook
The BBB outlines a number of steps to take when you suspect or are confronted with malicious tagging on Facebook, and in some case, when using Twitter.
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Facebook Feature Can Lead to Identity Theft
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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IRS Calls This One of the Most Dangerous Email Phishing Scams
Cybercriminals are now combining two different email phishing scams to target some organizations in two, painful and expensive ways.
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5 Steps to Protect Your Identity on Facebook
Check your Facebook timeline. With little scrolling find over sharing by your friends. Here are 5 steps you can take to prevent identity theft on Facebook.
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Free Credit Reports: How to Order Yours
You can order free credit reports online, by phone or by mail. Here's how.
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Are Debit Cards Dangerous?
Should you use debit cards or credit cards? Which ones give you better protection against fraud and identity theft?
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How to rebuild your credit after identity theft
Find out 8 steps you can take to help rebuild your credit after identity theft.
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4 Fast Ways to Build Your Credit
If you have no credit history, you’ll struggle to qualify for auto loans, mortgages or even most credit cards. Here's how to build credit fast.
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A Brief History of Data Breaches
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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Home Depot Confirms Breach
Home Depot confirmed Monday that its payment systems in its stores were hacked, but did not say whether the breach has ended.
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Target Data Breach Victims Could Get Up to $10,000
Target's massive data breach hit during the 2013 holiday shopping season. The retailer is proposing to offer victims up to $10,000 each in damages.
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Equifax Data Breach: Deadline Nears for Free Credit Monitoring
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 Thieves Can Do With Your Stolen JPMorgan Chase Info
What can thieves do with the personal information stolen in the JPMorgan Chase breach? Unfortunately, the answer is plenty.
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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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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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Credit Freezes vs. Credit Locks: What’s the Difference and When Should You Use Each One?
Credit freezes and credit locks help prevent scammers from opening accounts and taking out loans in your name. But there are important differences, too.
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How Do Credit Scores Work?
A look at the basics of credit scores, how they work, why they’re so important, and what you can do to keep them from plummeting.
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What Is a Good Credit Score?
Do you know your credit score? Did you know you have more than one? Do you know what makes a good credit score or how they’re calculated? Lenders and creditors know, and you should, too.
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Brushing Scams: What Are Those Mysterious Amazon Packages at Your Door?
Brushing scams can boost businesses with fake reviews. They may also signal your personal information is at risk.
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Coronavirus Resource Guide: Your COVID-19 Online-Security Questions Answered
Answers to questions about working from home, helping to monitor kids’ online activity, and protecting against scams in the COVID-19 era.
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After Coronavirus Lockdowns: 5 Tips to Help Boost Your Cyber Safety
Learn tips to keep your personal information and online data safer as America plans for life after the COVID-19 shutdowns.
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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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Video Games and COVID-19: How to Avoid Scams as More People Play Online
People are spending more time playing online video games due to lockdowns and the coronavirus. Watch out for these scams.
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Video Chats With Your Doctor in the COVID-19 Era: How Safe Is Your Medical Info?
Video conferencing with healthcare providers can be helpful in the COVID-19 era. Learn how to help keep your medical information private.
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Marriott Discloses Data Breach: More Than 5 million Guests Affected
The personal information of up to 5.2 million guests was accessed, including names, mail and email addresses, and phone numbers.
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5 Ways to Help Protect Your Kids Online, as More People Are on Lockdown
With more kids locked down at home, parents can help guide their children’s online exposure and behavior. Here’s how.
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Coronavirus Phishing Emails: How to Protect Against COVID-19 Scams
Scammers are using phishing emails to profit from the coronavirus outbreak. Learn how to help avoid getting scammed.
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How Many Credit Cards Should I Have?
The right number of credit cards depends on your situation. Learn how this number could impact the health of your credit score.
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2019 Data Breaches: 4 Billion Records Breached So Far | LifeLock
A look at 2019 data breaches so far, arranged by business sector, plus actions you can take help protect against identity theft.
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267 Million Facebook Users Had Personal Information Exposed Online
More than 267 million Facebook users had their personal data exposed in an online database. Here’s what you need to know.
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Microsoft accidentally exposed 250 million customer records — What you should know
A Microsoft security breach exposed 250 million customer records on a database without password protection. Learn more.
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Tips for Safe Holiday Online Shopping
Check out these tips to help protect yourself while holiday shopping online.
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DoorDash data breach affects 4.9 million users — Have you been affected?
DoorDash disclosed a data breach affecting 4.9 million people. Drivers, restaurants, and customers could be affected.
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Does checking your credit score lower it?
Does checking your credit score lower it? That depends.
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Seniors: Victims of Identity Theft
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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Beware of Equifax Breach Scams
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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Sensitive Data Exposure: What Is It and How It’s Different From a Data Breach
Your personal information can be exposed in different ways. Sensitive data exposure is one way. A data breach is another.
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What to do after 5 types of data breaches
Learn what to do after 5 types of data breaches. Find out how to help protect yourself against possible identity theft.
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Could millennials’ Instagram pictures of their pets lead to identity theft?
Millennials love sharing pictures of their pets on Instagram, but mixing pets and passwords could lead to identity theft, Santander says.
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Dumpster Diving
“Dumpster Diving” – literally digging through your trash – remains a popular method for stealing large amounts of your personal information.
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Equifax $700 million data breach settlement: How will it impact you?
The Equifax settlement means you may be able to file for cash payments — capped at $20,000 per person — and free credit monitoring.
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100 million credit card applications were recently exposed, some including Social Security numbers.
Involved in a breach? Learn how to help protect yourself in the event of a data security incident.
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After Equifax Data Breach, Here Are 8 Changes Lawmakers Propose
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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Online Romance: How to Protect Yourself Against Online Dating Scams
Online daters can be vulnerable to potential scammers. Here are 5 5 rules to help protect against online dating scams.
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Data leak exposes millions of bank loan and mortgage documents
Data leak exposes millions of bank loan and mortgage documents. Here’s what you need to know.
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Data breach hits hospitality giant. Up to 500 million guests may be affected —Here’s what you should know
Data breach at large hotel brand affects up to 500 million guests potentially exposing them to 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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Experian credit freeze flaw: Has my PIN been exposed?
Experian credit freeze flaw: Has my PIN been exposed?
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Google+ exposed data of hundreds of thousands of users — here’s what you need to know
496,951 Google+ users’ full names, birth dates, gender, profile photos, addresses, occupation and relationship status were exposed.
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50 million Facebook accounts compromised — here’s what you need to know
Everything you need to know about Facebook’s 50 million compromised accounts.
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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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Are Virtual Reality Apps Virtually Safe?
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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Travelers Beware: This Network is Unsecured
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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Ransomware: What You Need to Know
Ransomware is intended to force a ransom by the victim to the person who launched the ransomware attack. Often, by locking the computer files. Learn more. 
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How to Pick a Secure Password
Most passwords are not as strong as they need to be. Follow these simple steps to give yours greater muscle.
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File Sharing
One of the most common ways identity thieves get a hold of information is through peer-to-peer, file-sharing networks.
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Is Your Smartphone Tracking Your Every Move?
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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Keystroke Logging
Software programs that execute keystroke logging, and then transmit the data to identity thieves, can be downloaded onto your computer without you knowing they’re there.
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Is the Health Data Captured by Your Smart Watch Vulnerable
If you’re wearing a so-called smartwatch or other device that tracks your activity, you’re not alone. So how safe is your health data on such devices?
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Is a Password Manager Right for You?
A password manager is a good choice for many folks to manage their online accounts. But how do you know if one's right for you?
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The Internet of Things: Teddy Bear Edition
Soft and sweet, but not secure. That’s how you might describe the CloudPets “smart” teddy bear following reports of yet another Internet of Things snafu.
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What Are Your Identity Theft Risks on LinkedIn?
What can you do to gain the rewards of using LinkedIn, while minimizing the risks?
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Fingerprints, Passwords, SSNs—There’s Got to be a Better Way
Whether it’s fingerprints or Social Security numbers, permanent credentials are just waiting to be stolen by identity thieves.
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Encryption: What You Need to Know
Encryption helps keep you safe while doing things like browsing the Web, shopping online, and reading email on your computer or mobile device. Here's how.
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Cellphone Security: What to Do to Keep Teens Safe
Just having a smartphone makes your kids an easy target of cybercriminals. Hackers are targeting smartphones because they’re filled with personal data.
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Cybercrime Expert Insights and Tips: Q&A With Justin Feffer
Cybersecurity is a marathon, not a sprint. Sgt. Justin Feffer, L.A.-based law enforcement officer and cybercrimes investigator, is in it for the long run.
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Be Careful What You Download? App-solutely!
There’s a hidden problem with some apps, and that’s the amount of data they can access through your device, possibly leaving your privacy vulnerable.
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Debit vs. Credit Card ID Theft
Most credit card companies allow 90 days for a victim to report an unauthorized transaction, while banks generally require a two-day notice for unauthorized debit card purchases.
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Credit Reports vs. Credit Scores
Credit reports vs credit scores. What is the difference between them, and how is each one affected if your identity is stolen?
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Oversharing: Credit Card Tips for International Travel
Travelling this summer? Let your bank know when and where. It’s also an even better time than usual to check your statements for suspicious transactions.
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How to Help Fix Your Credit Score With These 4 Tips
Need a mortgage loan? Want to finance a car? Eying a credit card with great rewards? To get any of those, you may need to find ways to help fix your credit.
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Yahoo Says Breach Compromised Another 1 Billion User Accounts
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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Victims of Anthem Breach Remain at Risk for Identity Theft
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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White House Awards Contract for Identity Theft Protection for Millions of Victims of OPM Data Breach
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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Uber Data Breach Affects 57 Million Rider and Driver Accounts
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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Uber Breach Sends Thousands of Drivers Someone Else's Tax Info.
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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Target to Settle Claims Over Data Breach
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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The Danger of Data Breach Fatigue
As organizations, and policymakers work to raise awareness of scams and data breaches, a whole new threat has emerged: data breach fatigue.
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Target Makes a Comeback One Year After Security Breach
A year after Target’s massive security breach that exposed the personal information of more than 100 million customers, the retailer is making a comeback.
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Target Data Breach: What Should You Do?
This Target data breach may affect more than 40 million people who shopped at U.S. Target stores.
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Saks, Lord & Taylor Breach Exposes 5 Million Credit and Debit Card Numbers: What to Do Now
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Steps LifeLock Members Can Take After Equifax Data Breach
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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Up to 880,000 Payment Cards Accessed in Orbitz Data Breach - What to Do Next
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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Recent Data Breaches Make Online Shoppers Extra Cautious
According to a recent survey “Trust in the Internet," nearly 8 out of 10 people don't feel very safe when shopping online, following recent data breaches.
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15 Million People Stung by T-Mobile Data Breach
Approximately 15 million people are being impacted by the T-Mobile data breach.
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Hotel Data Breach Affects Properties in 10 States and D.C.
If you recently visited properties run by HEI Hotels & Resorts, you may be a hotel data breach victim. Affected brands include Marriott and Westin.
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Government Data Breach Affects Millions of Americans
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Equifax Data Breach: Why You Should Care If a Hacker Has Your Social Security Number
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Equifax Hack Includes More Data Than First Reported - Here's What to Do About It
The Equifax data hack was bigger than previously known with more types of information exposed, according to a new report. What should you do? Learn about the latest findings and consider what measures you may want to take to help protect yourself against identity theft.
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Equifax Data Breach: Do I Need a Credit Freeze?
Consumers are asking this question after the Equifax data breach: Do I need a credit freeze? Find out the pros, cons and limits of a credit freeze.
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Encryption Not Required of Health Insurance Companies
The personal information of up to 80 million Americans stolen in the Anthem data breach was not encrypted, nor was encryption required by law.
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Report: Equifax Breach Exposed Nearly 11 Million Driver's License Numbers
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DIY Identity Theft Monitoring After Equifax Breach
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Dropbox Not Hacked, But Your Account May Have Been Compromised
Dropbox said no breach had happened on its servers. “Your stuff is safe. The usernames and passwords…were stolen from unrelated services, not Dropbox.
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Yahoo Announces 500 Million Users Impacted by Data Breach
Yahoo confirmed that at least 500 million user accounts have been exposed in a date breach.
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Chipotle Data Breach: What You Need to Know
The cybersecurity attack that hit Chipotle restaurants recently is a reminder that you could be at risk anytime you pay with a credit or debit card.
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Another Health Information Data Breach May Affect Millions
4.5 million. That’s how many people UCLA Health said may have had their personal information compromised in another health information data breach.
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Anthem Reveals More About Data Breach and Warns of Phishing Scam
Anyone who was an Anthem customer over the past decade is a potential victim of the data breach and should take appropriate steps to minimize the damage.
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Alteryx Data Leak Exposes Information for 123 Million Households: What You Need to Know
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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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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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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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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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IRS Less Responsive to ID Theft Victims Due to Budget Cuts
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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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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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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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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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What's the Difference Between Identity Theft Insurance and Credit Card Monitoring?
So what do you get from identity theft insurance that you don’t receive from credit card monitoring?
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7 Ways to Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft During a Move
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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Five Ways to Protect Your Identity on Staycation
The potential of identity theft happening to you on a staycation is about the same as a real vacation. Here are five things to do to protect yourself.
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5 Ways to Prevent Identity Theft While on Vacation
Taking a few precautionary steps prior to and during your vacation can help prevent identity theft.
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10 Ways to Avoid Identity Theft While Traveling
Travel is a time to be on high alert for ID theft. Here are 10 ways to get defensive.
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Watch Out: Fraudsters Target Children for Identity Theft
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W-2 Phishing Scam: What It Is and How To Help Protect Against It
Get advice from LifeLock about W-2 phishing scams and how to help protect against them. Learn steps you can take to help avoid hackers getting your personal information through a W-2 phishing scheme.
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USB Drives Could Lead to Identity Theft
New research reveals that USB drives, ubiquitous devices that provide reusable memory storage and plug into a computer’s USB port, present an easy way for identity thieves to target victims.
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A College Student’s Guide on What to Do if Your Identity is Stolen
A college student’s guide on what to do if you’re a victim of identity theft. You don’t have to go it alone. Here’s a simple step by step guide on what to do next.
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A Student’s Guide on How to Help Protect Against Identity Theft
Learn how to help protect yourself against identity theft. This guide can help. Think of it as “How to Help Protect Against Identity Theft 101.”
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Steps to Help You Recover from 5 Kinds of Identity Theft
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Don’t Let Spring Break Travel Break Your Family’s Security
Spring break vacations are a way to recharge your battery, but the luxury of convenience and ease can also create the perfect scenario for cybercriminals.
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Being Smart When Kids Return to School
From preschool to college, back-to-school season can be a dangerous time for your children’s identity. The best way to protect your kids is to be informed.
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Is Your Small Business a Big Target for Identity Thieves?
As a small business owner, you may think identity thieves wouldn’t be interested because you’re not a giant corporation with a lot of money and information.
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Seniors at Risk for ID Theft
According to the National Crime Prevention Council, senior citizens are more at risk to be targeted by telemarketing scams than other age groups.
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Protecting The People Who Protect Us — The Military
The nation's armed forces still have a long way to catch up with concerns over identity theft involving the military.
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Peace Of Mind: Don’t Leave Home Without It
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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Police Departments Report Fresh Cases of Shoulder Surfing
Identity theft can also be low tech. 'Shoulder surfing' at ATMs is a crime in which a suspect watches over your shoulder as you punch in your PIN number.
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NYC Restaurant Worker Accused of Identity Theft
A restaurant employee stole credit card information from customers to commit identity theft, according to the New York County District Attorney's office.
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Newlyweds: Protect Your Identities
June is for newlyweds, and identity thieves LOVE newlyweds.
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New US Army Dog Tags—No Social Security Numbers
New U.S. Army dog tags will no longer include a soldier’s Social Security number. The reason? Identity Theft.
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Mobile Wallet Security Basics
The Mobile Wallet may eventually replace the contents of your wallet. Instead, everything will be digitized and stored in your smartphone.
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Military ID Theft - Things You Should Know
Deployed troops are often a long way from home and way too busy to keep an eye on potential identity threats.
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More Than Just a Lost Wallet
A lost wallet is much more than an inconvenience or lost cash. Unfortunately, a wallet in the wrong hands gives enough personal information to wreak havoc.
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Is Identity Theft Protection Worth It or Not?
It's an important question: Is identity theft protection worth it? No one can stop ID theft, but credit and identity theft monitoring services can help.
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Internet Privacy and ID Theft Protection
You’re being tracked online. The sites you visit, the products you purchase and even the location of your computer.
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Identity Thieves Target the Living and Dead
The risk of identity theft doesn't stop once a person passes away. Nearly 800,000 dead people are intentionally targeted by identity thieves each year.
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Identity Thieves Target Outgoing Mail
Police in Missouri are warning residents that leaving outgoing mail in their mailboxes and putting their flag up is an invitation for identity thieves.
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Identity Theft at the Nursing Home
Police say an insider, perhaps a former employee, may be to blame for the identity thefts of a number of Indiana nursing home residents.
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Identity Theft and the Elderly
Identity thieves stole the personal information of some 2.6 million senior citizens last year. Identity theft and the elderly is a serious, growing issue.
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Identity Thieves Target Mailboxes
Thieves are targeting mailboxes to get a hold of valuable personal information. Here are a few recent cases that all started with stolen mail.
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Identity Fraud Study Shows Cybercriminals Evolving
The latest identity fraud research indicates fraud and cybercriminals continue to evolve at a rapid pace.
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Credit Card RFID Chips Magnets for Identity Thieves
Chips in credit cards and passports intended as a security measure actually open consumers up to identity thieves.
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How to Protect Your Identity When Buying a House
There are a number of factors to consider when buying a house. Now homebuyers can add another to their list: the risk of identity theft during the process.
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How to Protect Yourself From Identity Theft While Job Hunting
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 Symantec Resolved the Issue Involving the LifeLock Marketing Opt-Out Page
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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3 Ways to Help Protect Against Medical ID Theft
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8 Tips to Help Protect Yourself Against Holiday Identity Theft
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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Helping Dad Protect Himself for Father’s Day
Father's Day may be the time to have a talk with Dad about identity theft and making sure he knows about some of the scams that target senior citizens.
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Five Tips to Protect Your Identity, Sony Employee or Not
As a result of the recent cyber attack, Sony employees are now at increased risk of identity fraud. Here are tips for them—and you.
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Fake IDs Leading to Identity Theft
Teens may be focused on drinking alcohol with friends, but they hand over a lot of personal information to criminals when they try to buy fake IDs.
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The Dangers of Medical Identity Theft
There's another type of identity fraud that is on the rise. Medical identity theft accounted for 43% of all identity theft reported in 2013.
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Counterfeit Website ID Theft
That email from your bank in your inbox could be real—or a phishing attempt. Today’s thieves are busy impersonating legitimate businesses via email and websites for your personal information.
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Credit Reports vs. Credit Scores
Credit reports vs credit scores. What is the difference between them, and how is each one affected if your identity is stolen?
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5 Child Identity Theft Facts 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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Campus Connection: Student ID Theft and Student Loans
What can you do to protect against student ID theft? Monitor financial statements, request credit reports and use difficult, “strong” passwords are some ways.
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How to Avoid Identity Theft at Wi-Fi Hotspots
Wi-Fi hotspots are also hot spots for identity thieves. Here are eight effective steps you can take to harden your defenses against cyber crooks.
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Best ID Theft Protection? Pay Attention!
The best ID theft protection strategy is to pay attention to who has your personal information. Help put yourself ahead of those who don't. Learn more from Lifelock.
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