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August 20, 2015
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Scammers are posing as someone from a credit card fraud department to get consumers to reveal the security code on the back of their cards. Callers claiming to be fraud specialists will claim there is a suspicious charge on a card, make up a bogus transaction and ask if the card holders authorized it. When they say no, the caller offers to open an investigation, possibly citing a “case number.” Under the guise of making sure the credit card is in the consumer’s possession, the scammer will ask for the security code on the back. Consumers should tell the “fraud specialist” that the will call back. They then should call the customer service number listed on the back of the credit card. Source:...

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August 19, 2015
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August is typically the month for back-to-school preparations. With many schools starting in mere weeks, families are busy shopping for supplies and enjoying the final days of summer vacation. Some are even readying their high school and college seniors for the last hurrah. But what about the other seniors in your life? National Senior Citizens Day is Aug. 21, and these family members should receive some recognition this month as well. Take a few minutes to think about how you...

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August 13, 2015
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Health care identity-theft victims can be required to cover costs for services they didn’t get, as some providers push the consumer to pay. A Ponemon Institute survey found 65 percent of victims reported they spent an average of $13,500 to restore their credit, pay a health care provider and correct inaccuracies in health records. Among the growing problems are criminal organizations, including gangs, who have turned to medical ID theft to get prescription drugs to sell on the street. Federal law gives patients the right to access medical files and get copies, although there may be a charge. If someone else’s medical information has been folded into your files, alert the doctor, hospital or other medical provider, as...

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August 6, 2015
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An arm of the Navy that typically deals with high-dollar contracts is taking the lead in the search for a contractor to provide protection services to victims of the Office of Personnel Management data hack. The General Services Administration, Defense Department and OPM have tasked Naval Sea Systems Command to put out a request for quote for interested bidders. NAVSEA was not chosen for any specific experience dealing with breach response, but more generally for its history with “awarding large and complex contracts,” said Brian Leshak, command spokesman. The contract to provide 21.5 million former and current federal employees, contractors, applicants and family members with a suite of credit monitoring and identity...

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August 4, 2015
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The back-to-school rush is on, with parents vying for the best options for school clothes, supplies and teacher assignments.

Don't let your child's identity get lost in the shuffle. Educational software programs are the latest rage in tracking behavior, performance and in classroom management.

Learn how to protect their personally identifiable information—and their reputation in years to come—with...

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July 30, 2015
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Instagram is a convenient and fun site for sharing your videos and photos with friends, family and colleagues. But the service, which by default allows anyone to view your profile, can leave you open to identity thieves if you don’t take steps to protect yourself.

You can protect your privacy and personally identifiable information (PII) on Instagram by making sure you adjust your privacy settings according to your tolerance for risk. These tips...

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