Scam Tag: Identity Theft

The FTC announced its top 10 consumer complaints for 2013 today. Of the more than 2 million consumer complaints received…

Identity theft leads the field, with 14 percent of total complaints filed. Thirty percent of those were tax- or wage-...

An identity thief may use your Social Security number to get a tax refund or a job. Contact the IRS if they send you a notice saying their records show:

you were paid by an employer you don't knowmore than one tax return was filed using your...

As you recover from a weather emergency, you will need to share personal information to get relief benefits or replacement identification documents from government agencies and organizations: Be cautious. Identity thieves may pose as government...

On Wednesday, July 31, 2013 from 2-3 p.m., the Federal Trade Commission will present a webinar for people who are blind or visually impaired. In “Talking Through Identity Theft,” we will discuss the causes of identity theft and how to remedy the...

If you’re an older person, know someone who is, care about identity theft, or some combination of those three, tomorrow could be an interesting day. If you’re close to D.C. — or even if you’re just close to a computer — you can tune in to the FTC...

Is there an older person in your life who’s worried about identity theft? Or perhaps you’re the one who’s worried about what’s happening with their identity? Either way, we hope you’ll join us at our upcoming forum, “Senior Identity Theft: A...

If you've ever gotten a text message on your cell phone telling you that you've won a free prize, you're not alone. During the past year, the FTC has gotten tens of thousands of complaints about unsolicited text messages.

Many of the...

Text message spam is to your cell phone what email spam is to your personal computer. Both may try to get you to reveal personal information.

Text message spam is a triple threat: It often uses the promise of free gifts or product offers...

Tax season is here. It’s time to get your files and forms in order. You may be well-versed in W-2s and 1099’s, but do you know that an identity thief can mess up your tax files or even get to your tax refund before you can file for it?

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Identity theft can be scary, but knowing what to do can help put you in control. To learn more about dealing with identity theft, check out ftc.gov/idtheft.

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