Summary Phishing is becoming more sophisticated and more frequent. Watch out for red flags, such as being asked for your personal details over the phone. Proactive steps to protect your identity include shredding documents with personal information and creating strong and different passwords for each account. While phishing scams (when hackers pose as a
In our Internet-based world, not only are apps and other methods of making financial transactions evolving at a fast and furious pace, they can also be compromised just as quickly. Credit Sesame believes that each and every person is worthy of achieving good financial health. And because we also understand the importance of maintaining it,
What is Identity Theft? Identity theft is a crime where someone steals your personal information—such as full name, Driver’s License number, or Social Security number—to commit fraud. According to the FTC, identity theft is most often used for credit card fraud, tax fraud, and phone or utilities fraud. It can also take the form of
Are you doing anything to protect yourself after the Equifax data breach? If you’re like most Americans, you most likely saw it in the news but aren’t sure what to make of all the panic in the media. Data breaches are nothing new, but this particular one should cause you to sit up and take
Update: The Equifax data breach potentially affects 143 million Americans, and some of the data that may have been compromised include drivers license numbers, social security numbers and credit card numbers. Freezing your credit is the first step to protecting your accounts and your personal data. You can visit any of the credit bureau websites and freeze your
Ever seen that meme with Steve Carrell from the TV show “The Office” proclaiming that he changed all his passwords to “incorrect” so that if he forgets his password his computer will remind him that his password is “incorrect”? And that’s just perfect — if you’re the kind of lovable idiot he portrays. But if
Financial abuse against the elderly is real and costly. Some estimates put the total loss at $37 billion each year. While many abuses are instigated by strangers who prey on society’s most vulnerable, many losses are caused by people the victims trust. Here’s what you need to know to protect aging parents from financial fraud.
For identity thieves, tax time is harvest time. It’s like the holiday season for retailers, and where many thieves make the bulk of their yearly earnings. Here’s a look at just how big of a problem tax identity theft is, why it’s growing, and what you need to know to protect yourself from becoming a victim.