Scam Tag: Identity Theft

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.

Many school forms require personal and, sometimes, sensitive information — like your child's social security number. Protect this information from falling into the wrong hands. The next time you're asked for your child's personal information,...

A child's Social Security number can be used by identity thieves to apply for government benefits, open bank and credit card accounts, apply for a loan or utility service, or rent a place to live. Check for a credit report to see if your child’s...

If your credit, ATM, or debit card is lost or stolen, federal law limits your liability for unauthorized charges. Your protection against unauthorized charges depends on the type of card — and when you report the loss.

Report Loss or Theft...

Ask 1 of the 3 credit reporting companies to put a fraud alert on your credit report. They must tell the other 2 companies. An initial fraud alert can make it harder for an identity thief to open more accounts in your name. The alert lasts 90...

Servicemembers who deploy can place an active duty alert on their credit reports to help minimize their risk of identity theft.

An active duty alert on a credit report means businesses have to take extra steps before granting credit in your...

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