Synthetic Identity Fraud

Synthetic Identity Fraud

May 12, 2021

Of all the methods fraudsters use to steal identities, synthetic identity may be the most sinister. That’s because it could take years before it’s detected, and by then, the damage has been done and the fraudster has moved on to other victims. Here’s how synthetic identity fraud works: Swindlers use a stolen Social Security number …

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IRS Rolls out Program to Fight Tax Identity Fraud

IRS Rolls out Program to Fight Tax Identity Fraud

May 12, 2021

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has expanded its Identity Protection PIN program to enable you to protect yourself against identity theft and tax fraud. In fact, anyone able to prove their identity now has the ability to further protect themselves, thanks to recent efforts by the IRS. Since the onset of COVID-19, instances of identity …

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IRS Tax Fraud and Scams

IRS Tax Fraud and Scams

March 23, 2021

No one wants to be on the wrong side of the IRS, which is why, each year, in the months leading up to the May 17 extended tax filing deadline, scammers come out in full force to take advantage of the worries and fears of American taxpayers. Tax scammers utilize three effective lines of attack—by …

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Sweetheart Scams

Sweetheart Scams

February 8, 2021

One of the more popular methods used by scammers to bilk money out of unsuspecting victims is the so-called Sweetheart Scam. What makes this type of fraud especially insidious is that the victims are usually older widows or widowers, at their most vulnerable following the loss of their life partner. Worse, the swindlers are almost …

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Defend Against Digital Fraud

Defend Against Digital Fraud

December 15, 2020

Digital fraud is not only on the rise, it is accelerating and growing more sophisticated. While consumers are benefiting from the rise of e-commerce, mobile payments and computer power, so too are criminals, who can more easily take advantage of their vulnerabilities. Consumers and businesses are the first line of defense against digital fraud, and …

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Synthetic Identity Fraud

Synthetic Identity Fraud

September 16, 2020

Synthetic identity theft is one of the fastest growing and more insidious forms of fraud because it creates entirely new identities using stolen personal information such as Social Security numbers. It’s also one of the more difficult to detect, so it can go undiscovered for years. Thieves steal a Social Security number and combine it …

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Beware of COVID-19 Scams

Beware of COVID-19 Scams

May 15, 2020

We all know that scammers and fraudsters are not ones to let a crisis go to waste. The COVID-19 crisis has unleashed a tsunami of scams preying on the virus-related fears of many Americans. The FCC, FTC, FEMA and the FBI are reporting a significant uptick in text messages, emails and robocalls, offering fake cures …

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Mobile Fraud

Mobile Fraud

November 22, 2019

The mobile revolution is transforming the way people transact business. It’s estimated that mobile transactions account for nearly 70% of all financial transactions. However, with that, there has been a commensurate increase in the amount of mobile fraud, costing businesses and consumers as much as $25 billion this year. Cybercriminals are keeping pace with the …

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Facebook Eases Business-Customer Chats in Messenger

Facebook Eases Business-Customer Chats in Messenger

October 10, 2019

Facebook recently announced the global rollout of its new lead generation feature for Messenger. The feature is designed to allow businesses to set up an automated question experience to engage with potential customers. Facebook has a style of ads that enables users to click to the Messenger service to open a conversation between the user …

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Digital Fraud

Digital Fraud

October 10, 2019

An ever-expanding digital world has created boundless opportunities for all, including digital criminals. Digital fraud has increased tenfold over the last five years, becoming ever more sophisticated and brazen in its attacks on consumers, leading to identity theft and financial loss. To protect yourself from digital fraud, you must become your first line of defense …

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