IRS Reports Drop in Identity Theft Complaints, Tax Fraud

“Score one for the good guys,” as the saying goes. The IRS has reported a nearly fifty percent decrease in the numbers of identity theft complaints from taxpayers, as well as a resulting decrease in a number of fraudulent returns that get paid out to scammers.

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IRS Warns of Fake Tax Software Update Scam

Only a few years ago, a data breach or hacking event typically led to the theft of instantly usable information like credit and debit card numbers. Thieves would either use that data quickly to make large purchases or sell the information to other scammers.

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Scammers Steal Deceased Man’s Identity via Mail

Losing a close loved one can be a nightmare of grief and sorrow, but the daily reality of that loss can be even worse.

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Is Identity Theft Scarier than Terrorism?

If you took an informal poll among your friends or co-workers, it wouldn’t take long to find out what they fear. There are common “general” fears, like snakes, spiders, and even clowns, but there are also specific fears like being struck by lightning or attacked by a shark at the beach.

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Linking Your Phone Number to Your Account Carries Security Concerns

Cell phone numbers are becoming increasingly common for providing additional security.

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Wells Fargo Data Breach - Not Your Typical Breach

When there’s news of a data breach, the public tends to have some urgent questions. Was my account information stolen? Have my funds been stolen? Is a criminal opening a new account or buying a car in my name right this very second?

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Safeguarding Your PII

There’s so much talk about Personal Identifying Information (PII) and how to protect it, but there’s also a lot of confusion about which information you should protect.

 

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