There are a lot of things to celebrate about this time of year. Whether it’s the relief that the tax filing deadline is behind you or the many awareness campaigns that are observed in April, or even if it’s nothing more profound than the coming of another spring, there are a lot of things to be happy about during this month.
Each month, the non-profit Identity Theft Resource Center analyzes the volume of calls that come into its 24-hour toll-free call center to uncover the different types of identity theft that are affecting consumers, and to get a clearer picture of where more awareness and advocacy need to be directed. This snapshot each month gives the organization a better idea of where to focus its efforts, and helps map the trends in this kind of crime.
There probably aren’t that many people who count going to the dentist as one of their favorite activities. There’s a new fear coming out of the dentist’s office, and it has to do with identity theft. As the rates of medical identity theft continue to be a major concern for industry watchers, the dentist is certainly not immune from the problem. So what constitutes medical identity theft?
When you’re a victim of identity theft, it can be really tempting to want to just throw up your hands and start over fresh with new information. And in the case of your bank accounts, credit card accounts, or online accounts, that option is pretty much available to you, especially if the damage is serious enough or widespread enough to warrant cancelling all of your accounts.
Each month, the Identity Theft Resource Center hosts an informative Twitter chat on ways to protect the public from fraud and scams. Be sure to join us for our next Twitter chat on Thursday, April 2nd at 2pm ET/11am PT with our co-hosts, Merchants Information Solutions, Inc. and the Better Business Bureau Serving Nebraska, South Dakota, The Kansas Plains and Southwest Iowa. Our topic this month is how identity thieves and scammers are taking advantage of social media platforms to defraud consumers and businesses.
With a seeming limitless number of ID-theft and cyber-attack headlines, I get concerned that small business owners (and consumers) will shut down and simply ignore the ID theft threat altogether. My research in just the past 10 days shows a myriad of news headlines and articles where both businesses and consumers continue to be overwhelmed with the challenges of identity theft and data breach events.
The Identity Theft Resource Center is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, and the funding it receives from grants, government support, and contributions from individuals and businesses helps the organization maintain a 24-hour a day, seven day a week toll-free call center. This call center means there is someone standing by to offer information and support whenever identity thieves strike.