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  1. Press: Panera’s data breach puts attention on risks of loyalty programs
    The records belonged to customers who had registered for the MyPanera program to order food online. The details exposed included their names, email and physical addresses, birthdays, and the last four digits of user credit card numbers, according… | Apr 05, 2018
  2. Press: What to do about retirement account ID theft
    Criminals armed with a flood of data stolen in recent data breaches are newly targeting consumers where it might hurt most: their retirement accounts.   The lucrative crime of brokerage account takeovers isn’t new, but it… | Feb 22, 2018
  3. Press: New service, same old Equifax: Credit locking app freezes up
    Equifax introduced a free consumer service Wednesday that allows people to lock access to their credit files from a mobile phone. It didn’t work. Equifax has also waived any fees that may be associated with… | Feb 01, 2018
  4. Press: Equifax extends free credit freezes
    Equifax has extended its offer of free credit freezes through June 30. Equifax made freezes free late last year in the wake of a data breach that compromised personal data on about 145 million U.S.… | Jan 31, 2018
  5. Press: You can’t fire Equifax, but your employer can
    As something of a case study, I asked my employer, The New York Times, to cancel its contract with Equifax for a service called Work Number, which provides employment verification and other details like work… | Jan 29, 2018
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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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