Child identity theft has been around for years, but from its earliest cases, it tended to involve a relative or friend of the family who’d fraudulently “borrowed” a child’s blank slate. Sadly, in many of the instances, the thief had every good intention of paying back the money he’d taken out in the child’s name, […]

There are a lot of different types of identity theft: financial, criminal, government, and child, just to name a few. But of all the various types of identity theft, there’s possibly no more dangerous kind than medical identity theft. Medical ID theft occurs when someone uses your information to receive medical treatment, prescription drugs, or […]

Not many people count paying their taxes as one of their favorite activities. The fact of the matter is citizens have a legitimate reason to complain about taxes and the IRS given the statistic that the government issues approximately $4 billion a year in fraudulent refunds to identity thieves. Fortunately, new legislation is pending that will work […]

If you’ve had to fill out any forms to send your kids back to school this year, you might have noticed one lengthy-looking form in particular: the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) form. FERPA is the latest piece of legislation aimed at protecting your kids’ privacy and their identifying information while it’s in the school’s […]

One of the most taken-for-granted pieces of government documentation has got to be the poor, misunderstood Social Security card. While it has always been designed to be physically counterfeit-proof, the card itself offers no proof that the bearer is actually who he says he is. It’s the information contained on the face of the card […]

One of the more frustrating aspects to consumer protection from identity theft, data breaches, and cybercrime is the current state-by-state basis that our legal system uses to address this type of crime. Consumers and businesses alike are subject to different laws, depending on where they’re located. But a new bill that has already come up […]

As if telephone, mail, and online scamming of the public weren’t awful enough, specific scammers actually that target the elderly now. These individuals’ inherently trusting nature, the stereotype that many senior citizens are unfamiliar with newer technology, and the very specific fears associated with things like having their utilities shut off or needing a better price on […]

The Identity Theft Resource Center and the Federal Trade Commission routinely conduct focused research on the impact of identity theft in order to get a clear picture of the nature and aftermath of this crime. For the fifteenth year in a row, the number one consumer complaint to the FTC is identity theft, and targeted efforts are […]

We’ve come a long way from the days when identity theft first became a widespread problem, back when law enforcement officials didn’t quite know how to address it. It was such a new, unheard of issue even as recently as the 1980s that victims, the financial sector, and the judicial system alike often felt lost. […]

A Florida case involving a drug dealer may have changed the face of individual privacy in this country. The police in the case used a few different methods to locate and apprehend the suspect without obtaining a warrant, methods that the Florida Supreme Court has now declared illegal. In the 2007 case of Shawn Alvin […]