Tag: Identity Theft

September 7, 2017 by Brad Gunning

Equifax Security Breach

More Than 140 Million People’s Personal Information Compromised by Equifax Security Breach The population of the United States is about 323 million people. Nearly half of those people had their personal information exposed to criminals due to a cyber attacks on Equifax in May and July of 2017. This personal information includes social security numbers,

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September 22, 2016 by Brad Gunning

Massive Yahoo Data Breach

If you’ve got a Yahoo account, the latest identity theft news isn’t good. Today, Yahoo confirmed that 500 million accounts were affected by a massive data breach. Further details are not available at this time, however, these types of online breaches are, unfortunately, not uncommon. Any time there’s a breach of this magnitude, it’s a

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July 2, 2016 by Brad Gunning

Most Common Fraud Schemes According to the FBI

At our core, Montana Life Group aims to protect its clients financially – whether that’s in retirement (Medigap and annuities), while you’re earning an income (disability insurance) or when you have a loved one that depends on you (life insurance). With that in mind, we’re always trying to help our readers keep tabs on some

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June 25, 2016 by Brad Gunning

Using Your Credit Card Online

Have you ever entered your credit card information online? Since nearly 70% of Americans shop online regularly, chances are you have. It’s convenient. Often there’s free shipping. But the increase in online shopping has lead to an increase in identity theft online. Here are a few steps to make sure your credit card information is

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June 18, 2016 by Brad Gunning

The Pigeon Drop Scam

According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, there’s a new scam out there specifically targeting senior citizens. They’re calling it the “pigeon drop scam.” At the heart of the theft is a fake investment scam. Here’s how the scam works: A couple of thieves head to a busy parking lot, usually at a grocery store or

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June 10, 2016 by Brad Gunning

Identity Theft Scam – Emails from Fake Friends

Yet Another Identity Theft Scam – Emails from Fake Friends The Federal Trade Commission just released an article titled “Fake friends, fake news, phony weight-loss promises.” To summarize, the FTC is busting identity thieves who have hacked people’s email accounts and sent emails to their friends with links to fake weight-loss stories and news articles. According

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March 16, 2016 by Brad Gunning

New Identity Theft Threat

ABC News: Beware Bank Teller Identity Theft If you don’t currently have an identity theft plan, it might be a good time to get one.  This morning, Good Morning America aired a feature highlighting a new identity theft threat: bank teller identity theft. District Attorney Cyrus Vance explained to ABC News how it works: “Bank tellers

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January 31, 2016 by Troy Baccus

UPDATE : Current IRS tax / identity theft scam: 202-754-8843

  We recently posted an identity theft alert about an ongoing identity theft scam. You can read the older post here: SCAM ALERT: Fake IRS Agents are on the Prowl IMPORTANT UPDATE* The identity theft scammers won’t stop.  In response to our latest IRS Scammer Blog Post, we were told that the same identity thieves

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January 24, 2016 by Troy Baccus

SCAM ALERT: Fake IRS Agents are on the Prowl

You’ve probably recently received your W-2 in the mail.  I did yesterday.  Tax season is upon us.  It didn’t take the identity theft scammers long to commence their attack. Today I received a voicemail from the following number 914-499-8217.  They left an automated voicemail claiming to be the IRS and urging that I call them

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June 12, 2015 by Troy Baccus

How to protect your credit

We live in an era with incredible technology and modern conveniences. Computers have revolutionized the way we work, communicate, and live in modern civilization. Unfortunately it is also easier for criminals to commit identity fraud in this day and age. There are some important steps you can take to protect yourself and your credit against

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