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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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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 ...

Punishment for data breaches at banks

Not a day goes by that we don't have another announcement about some kind of banking or data breach. The sad fact is that we are the last nation on earth that does *not* have a secure payment system in place. Unfortunately, there are no consequences to our banks being ...

A way to avoid pre-approved credit card fraud

A way to avoid pre-approved credit card fraud

Here's a fast and easy way to opt out of pre-approved credit offers to lessen the chances of a criminal applying for credit in your name.

Reduce data breach repercussions with this tip

Reduce data breach repercussions with this tip

Data breaches are rampant now. Here's one very important thing everyone needs to do right now to safeguard your finances and identity.

2 steps to protect against data breaches

2 steps to protect against data breaches

Most of us feel paralyzed by all the recent data breaches. Here are 2 easy steps you can take to protect yourself.

A warning about free wifi hotspots

A warning about free wifi hotspots

The next time you log onto a free public wifi spot, there could be a danger lurking that you're not aware of.

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 ...

What you need to know about Target's debit and credit card breach

Worried that your debit or credit card was breached at Target during the holiday season? Here's info you need to know. Some 70 million customers who shopped at the Red Retailer had their names, mailing addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, card numbers, expiration dates, and 3-digit security codes stolen at ...

New danger of having private info stolen at free wifi hotspots

New technology allowing amateurs to hack into password-protected accounts makes it more important than ever that you surf with care at free wifi hotspots. Free wifi is popping up in more and more places. It's a differentiator for businesses that can really help bring in the customers. Clark was even ...

Don't risk ID theft with charitable donations

Before you donate your household goods to a charitable donation outlet, take measures to protect yourself from potential identity theft. When people donate goods to Goodwill, Salvation Army or other charities, they often don't remember to empty the drawers in the furniture or the pockets in the clothing they're dropping ...

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