Your Family Tree Might Turn Over an Identity Theft Leaf

There isn’t time in the day to list all the ways that the internet has changed our lives for the better, but one very specific group of users finds it invaluable for their work: genealogists. Whether mapping out a family tree as a hobby or handling the work of ancestry professionally, genealogists rely on the readily available search tools and databases of public records to connect the family dots.

“Cardless” ATM Withdrawals Compromised by ID Thieves

A lot of the new technology surrounding financial transactions is aimed at reducing the threat of fraud while improving consumers’ security and convenience. Of course, anything that can make the process more streamlined and more cost-effective for the banks is good, too, considering their operating costs have an impact on their customers. But a new technology that was recently piloted by Chase has already come under attack from identity thieves who’ve successfully stolen customers’ money.

ITRC 2017 Identity Theft and Fraud Predictions

As we round out another year, it’s time to cast the Identity Theft Resource Center’s predictions for 2017. Our expectations for data breaches, hacking, ransomware, and identity theft-related crimes are based on a number of factors, including the tracked data breaches of the past year, news of large-scale hacking, and of course, our work with the victims themselves.

Police Make Arrest in Large-Scale Identity Theft Case

For some identity theft victims, the pain of discovering their information was stolen by a friend, relative, co-worker, or even a landlord is very real. But for far too many victims, never finding out who caused such devastation in their lives is just as terrible. That’s why a recent police investigation that turned up a small identity theft ring is a victory for security-minded individuals everywhere.

Too Much Information: ITRC Launches Weekly Email

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Tax Time Twitter Chat with the FTC & ITRC

There’s an important consumer event coming up, one that stands to arm the public with information they need to protect their tax returns. Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, hosted by the Federal Trade Commission, will take place from January 30th to February 3rd, 2017.

Your Taxes Start with Scam Detection

January marks the time of year when many of us start gathering our necessary paperwork to file our tax returns. Okay, maybe February or March. April? Could be! But when you think about it, your efforts to file this year’s tax return may have actually begun even sooner.

 

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