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Identity Theft

Some tips for avoiding identity theft:  
• Don't carry a checkbook. Pay by cash or credit card.  
• Don't carry your Social Security card with you or use your Social Security number as your driver's license number.  
• If you're a victim of identity theft, get a police report from your local police department, ask each of the three credit bureaus to place a fraud alert on your credit report, and fill out affidavits of fraud with each company that issued credit in your name. Keep these documents forever.  

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Please sign Clark's Medicare ID Theft petition

Please sign Clark's Medicare ID Theft petition

We need 100,000 people to sign our petition to force the Social Security Administration to find an alternative to using Social Security numbers on Medicare cards.

Russian Hackers Steal 1 Billion Usernames And Passwords

Get ready for another data breach of mind-blowing proportions.   A look at the damage done A Russian criminal ring reportedly has stolen more than 1.2 billion usernames and passwords from around the web, according to a report in The New York Times. The firm that discovered the massive breach ...

PETITION: Sign This To Stop Using Social Security Numbers As Medicare ID

I have been frustrated about identity theft since the calls about it started coming to me 18 years ago. Unfortunately, things have only gotten more complicated and much worse since 1996. Sign my online petition and join the movement Of course, over time there have been glimmers of hope. For ...

Protect against rampant tax ID theft

Protect against rampant tax ID theft

The IRS continues to foul up efforts to protect you from tax ID theft. Here's what you need to do to protect yourself.

Lifelock And eBay Are Latest Targets of Hackers

It's been another busy day in the world of data breaches. The latest companies to fall prey to hackers include Lifelock and eBay. Hackers target Lifelock In what seems like a great irony, Lifelock has had to pull its mobile app from the App Store and Google Play over what ...

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Ransomware: Holding Your Computer Hostage for Money

The worst ransomware to date is freezing up computers until consumers pay scammers hundreds of dollars to supposedly implement a fix. Crypto-Locker is apparently making the rounds and encrypting all the files on your computer hostage until you pay criminals $300 for them to unlock your files, according to The ...

The #1 Way To Prevent Identity Theft at Medical Offices

Identity theft at doctor's offices, hospitals, and other medical providers is booming. But there is a way to protect yourself… The Identity Theft Resource Center reports almost half of all identity theft now is happening at medical providers like the ones just mentioned. There are many reasons why medical identity ...

Don't Give Your Social Security Number At These Places

When should you give your Social Security number and when should you not? My rule on giving out my Social Security number is that I don't do it, unless I know it's absolutely, positively required for what I'm doing. Companies and institutions ask for our Social Security numbers like they're ...

How To Protect Yourself After the Michaels Breach

Prepare to be underwhelmed by the numbers of the latest data breach. After last year's Target breach that impacted 110 million people, there's news of a data breach at craft retailer Michaels...and it involves about 3 million customers. That's like child's play in light of Target, right? Of course, I'm ...

New Data Breach May Impact 200 Million Americans

It's a data breach that threatens to be twice as large as the Target breach late last year…and you probably haven't heard about it yet. I've been getting a lot of questions posted on my website and from my callers asking about a data breach that came to light during ...

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