Protecting your identity

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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…

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Zappos customers on alert after cyber attack – the lesson for all of us

On January 16, 2012

Cyberfraud is always rampant, but what’s next this week? Online shoe retailer, Zappos, is warning customers that their personal data may have been accessed including your email address, name, billing and shipping address, phone number, and the last four digits of your credit card number, and maybe even a scrambled version of your password. Yikes! The email sent to customers…

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…

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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Phishing attack hits Gmail – how to keep your information safe

On June 1, 2011

If you use Gmail, you’ll want to be on high alert as Google says a phishing attack from China is targeting Gmail accounts. Google even says accounts of U.S. government officials were targeted. Google says the phishing attack’s goal was to monitor emails and change forwarding settings. The company says the account hijackings were not the result of a problem…