There is new data about the number of identity theft and tax identity theft complaints they received in 2015. LegalShield and IDShield offer these top tips to protect your personal information and prevent identity theft in 2016.
Keeping Your Identity Safe During Tax Season - While they are a bit dated, these tax identity theft and fraud stats haven't gotten any better. As a matter of fact they are much worse now. Regardless of the stats, here are some common sense suggestions to help you avoid becoming a victim of tax fraud this tax season.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) describes tax-related identity theft as that which “occurs when someone uses your stolen Social Security number (SSN) to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund.” Identity thieves file fraudulent tax returns early in filing season.
Identity theft is NOT just a credit card issue any longer as one third of all Americans had their medical records breached last year (2015). Sure, you should be concerned about your credit cards, and bank account when it comes to fraud, but it obviously doesn't stop there.
The early days of hacking were like the Wild West. Lone hackers set out to cause chaos wherever and whenever they could—snatching up credit card numbers or the bank account information of unsuspecting victims. Today’s hacking environment, however, is much more complicated and sophisticated. We’re now seeing a diversification of the hacking for profit movement— and this new trend is ushering cyber crime into a whole new era.
Identity Theft - Her True Story. This story is true for an ever increasing number of Americans every year. Her story is horrifying - An absolute financial nightmare! Her story is below, and you need to read it to see how this crime plays out in real life. As you read, consider this - identity theft is going to happen to you. It's no longer a matter of "if", but "when" it will happen.
Of all the issues we face today, besides terrorism, identity theft is the most talked about subject in the news today. Unfortunately, there are a lot of assumptions, rumors, and just plain old BAD INFORMATION floating around these days about Identity Theft. The problem with bad info - what you don't know hurts you, but what you think you know can be even worse if it's false.