Simple steps to protect yourself against identity theft

Simple steps to protect yourself against identity theft

As we enter the New Year, be sure to keep up, or adopt, these good data security habits to avoid identity theft   Are you doing enough to reduce the risk of having your identity stolen? As you start the New Year, this is a good time to reflect on what kinds of measures you should take to prevent thieves from stealing and using your Personally Identifiable Information (PII) for fraudulent activities. As more and more of our personal information is online and cybercriminals target everything from bank accounts to tax refunds, identity theft is a growing concern. With your sensitive information in their hands, crooks can make fraudulent purchases, open new accounts or apply for loans in your...

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Is your home title already stolen?

Is your home title already stolen? How to Find out! Norris Fisher sold $4 million worth of property during his career… But, none of the sales he made were legal. He stole people’s property out from underneath them using forged documents and fake credentials. Here’s an example of the type of crimes Norris and his criminal friends commit: One day, John S. of Fort Worth, TX found out his vacant home lot had been sold to a woman in Los Angeles. But, the transfer of the property involved a forged deed. John’s name and the notary’s seal were both fakes. Norris Fisher used a fake deed as proof that he owned the property, then he turned around and sold...

Another Tax Season, More Scams

Another Tax Season, More Scams

It’s the start of tax season. This is the time of year when we collect our receipts and tax forms and hope for a nice big refund from the U.S. government. Unfortunately, cybercriminals are also looking for a nice big score as well. This year is going to be worse than ever, as many people have been struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic and are really looking forward to that refund. According to an article by Bleeping Computer, taxpayers are being targeted with phishing attacks with RAT malware that is more aggressive than ever before. And with the new extended deadline, this only means these cybercriminals will use every social engineering technique in the book. As unemployment has skyrocketed...

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Who loves tax season besides accountants? Hackers

Who loves tax season besides accountants? Hackers  It’s tax time in the United States, and even if you’re pretty sure you did everything right, you’re worried. Did I file correctly? Did I claim the right deductions? Will I get audited? Unfortunately, tax season brings out scammers eager to take advantage of your anxiety. The tax scam landscape First, know that you’re probably doing a good job with your taxes. Less than 2% of returns get audited and most discrepancies or adjustments can get handled easily if you address them promptly. Still, wariness of the IRS and intricate tax laws makes for ripe pickings when it comes to hackers, who prey on people’s fear of audits and penalties. Common scams...

Why Thieves are Targeting your Trash

Why Thieves are Targeting your Trash

A group of criminals in St. Tammany Parish, LA were arrested after they went dumpster diving. This criminal ring was targeting trash from a local loan business – one of those “cash now” places. The group rummaged through the trash to gather personal information about customers. They used this information to either steal existing credit cards or open new ones. Then they went on spending sprees. At some retailers, they convinced the cashiers to type in the credit card number so they didn’t need to swipe the card. This way they could use stolen card numbers even if they didn’t have a physical card. According to local police, the crime wave went on for about a year, affecting at...

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