Left to right: Lisa Guillette, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Foster Parents Association; RI DCYF Director Janice DeFrances; Congressman Langevin; and Matt Cullina, a foster parent and Identity Theft 911 CEO.
Today I was proud to be part of a celebration honoring The Child and Family Services Act recently signed by President Obama. This law incorporates special identity theft provisions, sponsored by Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin, which will make a big difference in protecting the 460,000 foster care children in the United States.
The Jersey Shore cast may be more relevant than you think—and it’s not the way they beat up the beat, stay fresh with GTL, or liberally apply hair gel.
Experts say that most people remember passwords when they associate them with something they do often. So if Jersey Shore is one of your shows, then Snooki, with some numbers and symbols added, may be your gal.
Creating strong passwords is key to protecting personal information. But this can be a challenge given the many websites and devices that need our protection. Think of all the places where we store sensitive information online: on websites tied to banking, financial planning, health insurance, social networks, email, and online shopping. Then there are files we keep on work and home computers, smartphones and iPads. (more…)
Our nation’s 460,000 foster children already have a rough start on life. So it’s especially heartbreaking when identity thieves cause additional problems for the children who exist foster care each year.
These young adults have a vision of becoming self-reliant productive individuals. But they’re stymied when their identities are stolen and their credit records are blighted. They can’t lease housing, secure education or auto loans, or open bank accounts.
Increasingly, identity fraud threatens all children. Victims 19 and younger accounted for 8 percent of identity theft complaints filed with the Federal Trade Commission in 2010, compared with 7 percent the previous year.
Loving parents will do anything to protect their children. Unfortunately, many of them are unaware of the risk to their kids’ identities.
But parents can take steps to protect against identity theft. They can follow the tips below and seek out expert fraud services like ours through their insurance carrier, bank, credit union or employer.
Identity fraud is a serious risk for children. The Federal Trade Commission reports that victims aged 19 and younger accounted for 8 percent of all identity theft complaints in 2010, up from 7 percent the previous year.
Hours after the announcement that Osama bin Laden had been killed, cybercriminals launched information attacks targeting news-hungry consumers.
They flooded Facebook pages with invitations to see graphic images of bin Laden’s body to capitalize on the public’s interest in the al-Qaeda leader.
President Obama said May 4 that photos of bin Laden’s body won’t be released. So, computer users who click on fraudulent links of pictures of his corpse are instead exposed to malicious software or spam.
Survivors of the tornadoes that killed hundreds in the South need to prepare for another threat, this one man-made: Fraudsters often target victims in the aftermath of this kind of large-scale natural disaster.
The violent storms that ravaged six states in April left thousands homeless and unable to access their personal documents. The tornadoes also scattered confidential personal information including bank and credit card statements and social security cards. This material may have blown miles away never to be recovered. Or it may wind up on a stranger’s front lawn.
The tornadoes were the country’s worst natural disaster since Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. After Katrina, the FBI reported a marked increase in insurance fraud in the area. Of the more than 80 billion government dollars appropriated for reconstruction efforts in the region, it is estimated that insurance fraud accounts for between $4 and $6 billion.