Identity Theft and You
Avoid Jury Notices Rigged to Get Your ID
There has been a resurgence of the 'jury duty scam,' first revealed by Scam Alert in May 2006. As in other telephone scams, the jury duty ruse can appear authentic because your caller ID screen may indicate that the call is coming from a local courthouse.
BBB Warns of Phishing Email Received from Epsilon Data Breach
Just days after millions of customers' email addresses were stolen in one of the largest data breaches in U.S. history, the Better Business Bureau is seeing one of the first Epsilon data breach phishing scams. If you are a customer of one of the companies that had email data stolen, BBB is warning you to be on the lookout for phishing emails.
Digital Copier Identity Theft
Did you know that digital copiers store what you've copied on a hard drive that if not wiped clean, can be retrieved when that copier is re-sold or junked after it is no longer useful to the company? It is scary to think about how much personal and company data could be on your organization's copier hard drive. Fortunately, there are some ways you can try to protect that information.
Fraudsters Claim a Red Cross Connection in New Phishing Scam
The Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers about a scam targeting families of military members. A caller, claiming to work for the Red Cross, notifies an individual that their family member has been injured while on duty. To get immediate aid to the injured service member, the caller says, paperwork must be completed, and personal information must be verified.
FTC Cautions Consumers About Voter Registration Scams
Have you received an unsolicited e-mail or phone call from someone who claims to represent your local election board or civic group and asks for your Social Security or credit card number to confirm your eligibility or registration to vote? According to the Federal Trade Commission scammers may send messages asking for your Social Security number or financial information supposedly to register you to vote -- or to confirm your registration -- when they really want to commit identity theft.
FTC Issues Alert about Identity Theft Scam -- Spammers Pose as Federal Government Operation
A new Spam Scam Alert from the Federal Trade Commission could help consumers avoid becoming identity theft victims. The Alert, Someone Is Phishing For Your Information, warns that consumers may receive e-mails that claim to be from regulations.gov, a government Web site where consumers can comment on federal rule-making. The e-mails' subject lines typically read, "Official information," information.
OnGuardOnline.gov Urges Taxpayers to Contact the IRS If They Suspect Tax-Related Identity Theft
OnGuardOnline.gov is informing consumers that an unexpected message from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) could be a warning sign that their Social Security number is being misused by an identity thief.
Tips to Avoid Being Scammed This Holiday Season
As the holidays approach, the FBI reminds the public to use caution when making online purchases. Cyber criminals continue to create ways to steal your money and personal information. If a deal looks too good to be true, it likely is. Here are some tips you can use to avoid becoming a victim of cyber fraud.
Page Last Reviewed or Updated: May 16, 2013
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