Identity theft

How To Freeze You Kid's Credit

How I Forced Credit Bureaus To Freeze My Child’s Credit

When I first began covering credit freezes, I was shocked that the bureaus would not let me freeze my child’s credit, widely believed to be the single best tool to prevent financial ID theft.

07/23/2015

Indian workers answer telephone calls at a call-centre in Gurgaon on the outskirts of New Delhi. (FINDLAY KEMBER/AFP/Getty Images)

Foreign Call Center Workers Ask For Social Security Numbers Without Giving Their Own Identities

By now, most people know that their social security number is the key to their identity, so they need to be very judicious about who they share it with. So imagine my surprise when I discovered that the credit bureaus required me to give my number to an unidentified foreign call center rep.

07/21/2015

Mail from the EDD with a claimant's social security number on it. (CBS)

State Employment Development Dept. Puts Millions Of Californians At Risk For Identity Theft

ConsumerWatch reporter Julie Watts discovered that one state agency is putting millions of social security numbers at risk despite state laws intended to protect it.

07/07/2015

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Don’t Fall For Mother’s Day Scams Using Phony Florists, E-Cards To Steal Your Identity

Roses, lilies, daisies – beautiful bouquets are most popular Mother’s Day gifts but scammers can make you sorry you ever tried to give flowers to mom.

05/09/2015

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Report Of Suspicious Person At Pleasanton Park Leads To Arrest Of Man For Identity Theft

Andrew Jonathan Hardy was found in possession of a stolen laptop, drug paraphernalia, various forms of identification from more than a dozen people and credit cards that were not in his name.

03/19/2015

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Would YOU Click? Twitter Bosses Email Staff Phishing Links To Test Cybersecurity

Would YOU be the one who unleashes a virus inside the corporate computers? Twitter and other companies are testing employees with phony phishing links to see if they click them.

02/17/2015

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Credit Freeze: The Best Way To Prevent Identity Thieves From Opening Credit In Your, Or Your Child’s Name

It’s called a credit freeze or security freeze and it’s the number one tool to prevent crooks from opening a credit account in your — or your child’s — name. Trouble is, not many people are using it.

02/04/2015

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New Jeans Made In Bay Area Firm Designed To Thwart High-Tech Thieves

Security company Norton has teamed up with Betabrand to create jeans with special pockets meant to protect credit cards, passports and key fobs from digital pick-pocketing.

01/08/2015

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Parents Beware: Identity Thieves Target Your Kids’ Unused Social Security Numbers

Results of a recent study indicated that children may be at much greater risk of identity theft than adults.

11/26/2014

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Oakland Parolee Arrested For Identity Theft And Forgery

An Oakland parolee has been arrested after police found him with $10,000 in cash and 175 stolen or forged bank cards.

10/10/2014

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