Category Archives: Identity Theft

Equifax Breached And You May Be A Victim

If you think that Experian is keeping your personal data safe, then think again. The credit reporting agency experienced a data breach in 2017 that affected over 147 million people. When a large corporation like Experian allows its servers to be hacked or otherwise compromised, it puts their customers at risk for fraud and identity theft. That’s why the Federal Trade Commission is requiring the company to pay a settlement to those whose data was breached.

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How to Dispose of Important Documents Without a Shredder

Identity theft is becoming a multi-trillion dollar business, and one of the ways criminals get personally identifiable information is by digging through the trash and using account numbers to create false identities. Your account numbers are often located on numerous documents you throw away each month, and even if you rip them into tiny pieces, it’s quite easy for criminals to piece information back together in order to get what they want.

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What Identity Theft Services Actually Do

Not so very long ago, many considered the dark web an urban legend and identity theft something that only happened to wealthy and careless people. As more and more companies have emerged to protect the identities of everyday people from the villains pilfering and plundering the dark web, the vast majority of the general public has come to accept the reality that the dark web is real and identity theft can happen to anyone.

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UK Identity Theft Crisis

Last year, an anti-fraud organization recorded a total 89,000 cases of identity theft in the UK over the first half of 2017. According to Cifas, the figure was a record high and represented a five percent increase in identity theft cases over the same period in the previous year. Cifas chief executive officer, Simon Dukes, said that the claims were increasing at an alarming rate over the years with a new high of about 500 stolen identities daily.

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The Tax Bill Leaves Environment Open To Fraud And Identity Theft

Due to the IRS budget cuts, the confusion regarding the new tax law, and the vast amount of data compromised, the filing season for 2017 may be rampant with tax-related crimes. There were 787,000 identity theft returns confirmed and stopped by the IRS last year. The total exceeded $4 billion. The IRS projected a $21 billion loss in 2016 for fraud.

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How to Protect Yourself From Identity Theft

Contrary to popular belief, identity theft does not only affect your finances. In fact, it can affect anyone and apart from your bank account, it can target your children and medical information. Secured Document Shredding, LLC will address the different ways a person can steal your identity and how you can protect yourself and your loved ones.

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