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Identity theft

Protecting your identity / Ripoff alert

Affordable Care Act calls may be attempt to steal your identity

On May 28, 2013

The final details are being put together for the health insurance exchanges that will start next January. The applications have been released, and processing of them will begin in October. Already, the Better Business Bureau says scammers are trying to use the program to steal your personal information.  The BBB says the callers are claiming to be from the federal…

Ripoff alert / Tech

Apple iPad 3 and Gmail scam warning

On October 15, 2012

It’s been an exciting few weeks for Apple fans with the iPhone 5 hitting the market and expectations of an iPad Mini by months end. If you’re on the hunt for an Apple product, don’t fall for a free iPad 3 giveaway making the rounds through email. It could cost you money or your identity.   The Better Business Bureau…

Protecting your identity

Top identity theft services

On September 26, 2011

Identity theft is a worry that never goes away. Even if you protect your good name, there are so many ways someone else can trash it. So, what’s the best way to protect your name? Javelin Strategy & Research released a review of 24 ID protection services, and found significant variations in the service provided. The advertising for these companies…

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Grave mistakes: living Americans declared dead in government database

On July 8, 2011

Our social security number has become a lifeline. If someone steals it, your credit can be ruined rather quickly. So, you might be surprised to know the Social Security Administration is posted social security numbers of living Americans online. When you die, your social security number and other personal information are put online in what’s called the Death Master File….

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FCC cracks down on spoofing: faking caller ID

On June 24, 2011

Caller ID is a great service that allows you to talk when you want and let voicemail go to work when you don’t have time to talk. It makes you wonder how we lived without it. Next time you see someone calling on caller ID, don’t assume it’s who the ID says it is. There is a technology called spoofing…

Protecting your identity / Solving problems

Citigroup says security breach impacts 360,000+ customers

On June 16, 2011

Citigroup says 360,083 U.S. Citi-branded credit cards were compromised in the recent security breach. The breach happened May 10th and impacted about 1% of North American cardholders. In Ohio, 5,547 customers were impacted. The company posted an open letter to its customers on its website. It reads as follows: “To Our Customers: You may have recently read in the media…

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Tighter government restrictions for social security numbers?

On April 14, 2011

The Federal Trade Commission wants Congress to do something to make social security numbers harder for identity thieves to obtain.  The FTC gets 15,000-20,000 consumer calls each week about ID theft.  Once you’re a victim, it’s hard to recover. The FTC outlined four legislative topics to a House subcommittee: 1. PROVE YOU ARE WHO YOU SAY YOU ARE: The FTC…