Tag: Identity Theft

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Tax Fraud

Tax Fraud: The IRS Dirty Dozen List

The Criminal Investigation (CI) unit is a special criminal division of the IRS. The CI is tasked with investigating and uncovering tax-related crimes and prosecuting these cases. Each year the CI provides the IRS an annual report detailing the work of the CI and highlighting their successes and enforcements related to tax and financial crimes…. Read more »

Identity Theft Myths

Top 10 Identity Theft Myths

In today’s world it is more important than ever to focus on the things that we can control to better safeguard our financial future. It’s easy to get complacent, lulled into a false sense of security, when there are many other more urgent things to think about. That’s why we assembled the Top 10 Identity… Read more »

Your 2021 Financial Checklist

Your 2021 Financial Wellness Action Plan

If your New Year’s resolution is to renew your focus on financial wellness, this 7-step financial action plan will give you the tools you need to succeed. The best part? It’s easy! 1. Check Your Credit Report Credit report errors are more common than you might think, and errors negatively impact your credit score. A… Read more »

Synthetic Identity Theft

Synthetic Identity Theft

The holidays are upon us, and so is the increase in risk for identity theft. Fictional characters are a big part of the season, but sadly they’ve also become a big part of identity thieves’ tool kits as well. According to a Federal Trade Commission Report, over the last five years, Synthetic Identity Fraud has… Read more »

Holiday Shopping

Online Holiday Shopping — Buyer Beware!

The rise of online shopping during the pandemic has led to a proportional increase in online fraud and scams. As the Holiday season approaches, we want to make sure you are armed with the knowledge and the skills to protect yourself. With a little awareness, you can avoid online shopping fraud as the busiest time… Read more »

Stay Safe Online

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Tips + Tools

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and we’re offering tips, webinars, and services to help make the internet safer and more secure. Cybersecurity Tips for Online Banking Online Banking is safe, but we strongly recommend you take these reasonable precautions: Use a strong password or long passphrase — Make sure it includes a mix of letters,… Read more »

Dark Web

The Dark Web — A Gateway to Criminal Activity

We’ve recently taken a deep dive into the dangers of the Dark Web. We continue our series by shedding light on how transactions happen in the Dark Web and the criminal enterprise that exists in this mysterious, hidden place. Why is this important? The more you understand about how criminal activity works, the better prepared… Read more »

Dark Web + You

The Dark Web + You

Criminals use the Dark Web, an anonymous region of the internet, for buying and selling stolen identity information, among other things. But what does this have to do with you? Let’s follow the story of Julia to see how all of this works in the real world: A Trip to the Mailbox One morning, Julia… Read more »

Dangers of the Dark Web

Surface, Deep and Dark Web Explained You have probably heard people talk about the mysterious “Dark Web” where criminals gather to commit fraudulent acts that result in financial fraud, identity theft and more. But most people don’t really understand what the Dark Web is or how it works. Let’s start with a few facts about… Read more »

Beware of Common Money Scams

Beware of Common Money Scams

Scammers are always looking for innovative ways to separate you from your money. Whether their goal is to gain access to your cash, or to gain control of your personal information so they can commit fraud, they frequently play on psychological manipulation to get you to comply. Here some common scams to be aware of:… Read more »