Archive for October, 2012

The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is overwhelming: millions without power, 38 deaths and thousands of canceled flights. Many organizations—government, private and nonprofit—are rushing to reach those in need. Unfortunately, so are scammers who prey on people when they are at their most desperate.

IDentity Theft 911 has compiled a list of scams to avoid and a few, easy tips to make sure your good name stays intact:

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These famous names struggled with, and overcame, bullying at its worst

If you’re being cyberbullied, you’re in good company. Victims of online haters include pop stars, actors and other celebrities now at the top of their game.

Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato were bullied when they were younger. Now LeAnn Rimes is the latest celebrity to draw attention to the issue. But these high achievers have turned the tables—in different ways. Let’s see what lessons we can learn from their experiences.

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It’s a scenario that nobody wants to admit could happen to them: medical identity thieves stealing your personal health insurance information to obtain medical treatment, fill prescriptions, and even undergo surgery.

However, the harsh reality is that medical identity theft is a growing problem nationwide.

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Cyberbullying can start as early as second grade, often peaks in fourth grade, and returns in the seventh and eighth grades, according , an Internet safety and privacy lawyer.

More than 85 percent of 45,000 students at North American schools admitted to being targeted in the past year, according to a survey conducted by Aftab.

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Learn how to recognize cyberbullying warning signs and how to shut it down, all while strengthening your relationship with your child. Here are the most-asked questions we get from parents new to the world of cyberbullying:

1. So what exactly is cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying happens when someone (of any age) uses technology to harass, embarrass, intimidate or stalk someone else. Cyberbully tools include emails, instant messages, text messages, social media, photos, videos or even chat on online gaming sites. Cyberbullying leaves its victims feeling scared, isolated, intimidated and humiliated. It’s not a joke, a phase, or a “kids will be kids” part of growing up.

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month. A lot of good people are raising awareness about this important issue. To support the efforts of parents, teachers and children across the country, we created the cyberbullying response plan below. Learn more about what cyberbullying is, how to protect your child from bullies, and how to respond.

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More than 17.5 million households and 600,000 businesses depend on us for identity theft resolution and management services.

Check out this infographic to learn why.

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Q: Facebook a new service, Facebook Gifts, that allows users to send Starbucks gift cards, Magnolia Bakery cupcakes, GUND teddy bears and other knickknacks for events like birthdays, job promotions and anniversaries. (The Palo Alto, Calif., social networking giant has plans to add more types of gifts every day.) Are there any risks from a cybercrime or identity theft perspective that new users should be aware of?

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We have to thank the good people at for putting together the above video. The simple premise makes an excellent point: Everything an identity thief needs to hijack your life is freely available online.

The banking group hired an actor to play Dave, a psychic, and brought people in off the street for a reading under the guise that it was all being taped for a television show. Names of best friends, colors of motorcycles, how much one young lady has spent on clothes and the personal details of another young woman’s sex life are all “divined” by Dave the psychic.
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