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Id Thefts

  1. Press: Big businesses band together urging lawmakers to sell out your privacy
    Twenty-two industry groups, representing thousands of U.S. businesses, sent a letter to Congress calling on lawmakers to pass sweeping data-security rules. At first glance, that seems like a really good thing for consumers. Upon closer… | Jan 17, 2018
  2. Press: Senators want ‘massive’ fines for data breaches at Equifax
    Two senators proposed “massive and mandatory” fines for data breaches at Equifax Inc. and other credit reporting companies, starting at $100 for each consumer whose sensitive information is compromised.  The bill from Sens. Elizabeth Warren… | Jan 12, 2018
  3. Press: Ready for the 2018 tax season? Why you should file early
    The IRS said it expects to get nearly 155 million individual tax returns this year. There’s good reason to not procrastinate in filing your tax return. You don’t want identity thieves to beat you to… | Jan 11, 2018
  4. Press: Companies exposing your personal information know a lot about you
    Alteryx is a data analytics company that makes its money by repackaging data that it has collected from different sources. And it became the latest reminder of how much data little-known companies have collected on… | Dec 26, 2017
  5. Press: What to do if your financial information is stolen
    Contrary to what movies portray, the most common crimes are not Taken-style abductions or home invasions, but the theft of personal information.  "The most effective way to keep tabs on all of these accounts is… | Oct 19, 2017
  6. Outreach: Educational sessions on elder financial abuse, ID theft and more
    Consumer Action’s Linda Williams presented top ten financial scams targeting seniors. | Oct 05, 2017
  7. Press: Deciding the right path for shielding your credit report
    In response to the breach, Equifax is now offering a year of free credit monitoring through its identity-theft prevention service, TrustedID Premier. The service gives you the option to freeze or lock your credit file… | Oct 05, 2017
  8. Press: Equifax says cybersecurity incident could affect 143 million consumers
    Equifax said it discovered the breach on July 29. "Criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files," the company explained. Leaked data includes names, birth dates, social security numbers, addresses… | Sep 07, 2017
  9. Press: Is your info safe when dealing with an overseas call center?
    It’s a sure bet that at some point in your consuming life, you’ve interacted with an overseas call center. Dave says he recently opened a Citibank credit card account. What worries Dave is that he… | Feb 09, 2017
  10. Press: Identity fraud hits record number of Americans in 2016
    Identity thieves, who commit financial fraud with stolen account information, had a banner year in 2016.  Despite widespread efforts to fight this crime wave, the crooks successfully netted two million more victims and stole $16… | Feb 02, 2017
  11. Press: Device lets police seize cash, raises civil liberties concerns
    The machine looks like a terminal at your local convenience store, but police agencies in a number of states are using them to read money cards seized from crime suspects. Officers can instantly freeze or… | Jul 04, 2016
  12. Press: Banks scan fingers and faces instead instead of using passwords
    The banking password may be about to expire — forever. Some of the nation’s largest banks, acknowledging that traditional passwords are either too cumbersome or no longer secure, are increasingly using fingerprints, facial scans and… | Jun 22, 2016
  13. Press: Cyberattacks, negligence lead to rise in medical data breaches
    America's healthcare organizations are being attacked by data thieves, but the industry is not doing nearly enough to deal with the growing threat, according to a new study by the Ponemon Institute. Key findings: Nearly… | May 19, 2016
  14. Press: Why it’s good to see if your child has a credit report
    Kids can be victims of identity theft, too, and it often goes unnoticed by parents for years. Q: How often should I check if my kid has a credit report? A: At least by the… | Apr 11, 2016
  15. Press: Can you tell the real TurboTax email from the scam?
    TurboTax and other tax software companies told customers this year that they would be sending more emails and other alerts in an effort to fight tax fraud.  But they aren’t the only ones… | Mar 02, 2016
  16. Press: Hackers stole IRS data for twice as many taxpayers as expected
    The Internal Revenue Service said Friday that criminals attacking its website may have stolen sensitive personal information from more than twice as many taxpayers as initially expected. In total, cyber criminals may have accessed tax data… | Feb 29, 2016
  17. Press: Should you ‘freeze’ your credit files to lock out ID thieves?
    Identity thieves can do all sorts of devious things with your personal information — open a new credit card in your name, steal your tax refund, or even get medical care with your health… | Feb 22, 2016
  18. Outreach: Easy-to-print ID theft fact sheets for your trainings
    Consumer Action's outreach and training staff has developed some handouts to help you convey information about various forms of ID theft to your clients and workshop participants. They are free and can be downloaded and… | Jul 23, 2015
 

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