New legislation signed into law in Illinois will help citizens of that state understand and recover from identity theft in a more timely way. House Bill 1260, signed by Governor Bruce Rauner in May, will update a lot of the currently understood types of identity theft prevention and lead to more immediate recovery. This is […]

Each year, the Internal Revenue Service fights hard against phony tax refunds and identity theft, but despite blocking billions of dollars in fraudulent returns, a few billion still manages to slip through. Sadly, the IRS has had some really bad news about this year’s tax return season: thanks to a couple of large-scale hacking events […]

Identity theft victims in Kentucky can breathe a little easier, at least if one member of the state legislature has his way. Rep. Reggie Meeks has introduced a bill that will help victims of criminal identity theft to expunge their records and recover any financial losses from it. Criminal identity theft is an intriguing form […]

One New York councilman is fed up with the way scammers target his elderly constituents, and he’s working on legislation that will do something about it. Councilman Chaim Deutsch has introduced a bill that would require the city’s Office of Consumer Affairs to produce public materials and conduct outreach to both senior citizens and those […]

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 […]