As college students head off to campus in the coming days, scammers and identity thieves are waiting for the chance to strike. From housing and utilities scams to credit card fraud to fake job offers, there is a wide range of crimes that incoming college students should be wary of.
“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.
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.
Losing a close loved one can be a nightmare of grief and sorrow, but the daily reality of that loss can be even worse.
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.
Cell phone numbers are becoming increasingly common for providing additional security.
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?