Archive for November, 2012

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Online shopping may be on the rise with Cyber Monday deals to lure consumers to their computers. But identity fraud mostly happens offline.

Stolen wallets and identification cards, and burglary account for most identity theft cases, according to a from Travelers Insurance, the first carrier to offer identity fraud insurance. (more…)

 

Christmas came early for identity thieves who lined the streets of Manhattan for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Usually parade-goers are showered with festive bits of colored paper. This year, , including documents from the Nassau County Police Department in Long Island, N.Y., and confidential information about Mitt Romney’s motorcade.

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday are right around the corner. With more holiday shoppers turning away from the mall and turning toward their laptops and mobile devices, make sure you’re armed with the know-how to keep your personal information safe.

While many consumers across the country are now very concerned about the effects that might have on their financial standing, new data shows that in many cases, they should keep a similarly close eye on their kids’ situation as well.

Researchers at the Carnegie Mellon University Cylab recently found that kids are at 51 times the risk of being targeted by identity thieves as adults, which can be particularly troubling for all involved, according to a report from the Better Business Bureau of Northern Indiana. The reason identity theft attacks that target kids can be more problematic is that it can takes years or even decades for the victim to find out the crime has taken place.

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Like millions of Americans, I was hammered by Hurricane Sandy. The home that I own on the New Jersey shore was obliterated by the storm. It is nothing but a pile of rubble. Gone. While I have 30 years of memories, there is nothing left but the memories. It is incredibly painful.

I saw it coming and did the best I could to , and yet I could never be fully prepared. I said to myself, “It could be really bad, but it can’t really be that bad. It will never happen to me.” Deep down, I didn’t buy it. I didn’t want to believe. After all, we all know that the media can take a snarly spring shower and turn it into the storm of the century.

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