Archive for the 'Identity Theft Protection' Category

 Don’t Get Spooked by ID Theft
of the Dead

By Jana Castanon It seems when it comes to stealing from other people, ID thieves are willing to reach beyond the grave. It’s sad to think that our loved ones identities could be used to commit fraud, and unfortunately each year millions of families are affected. The thieves use the information from obituaries, and even […]



 Protecting Your Online Identity

By Jana Castanon Recently in the news we heard that 13 politicians and celebrities had their personal information hacked from their computer and posted on an online website. While some of the information was false, the credit reporting agency Equifax was able to confirm that in at least 4 cases the information posted was accurate. Consumers should […]



 Identity Theft:
It’s Not Just for Grownups!

By Neale Godfrey Imagine finding out that your eight year-old has a house in foreclosure thousands of miles away. How about getting collection calls because  your young teen is several payments behind on a car loan? These are not far-fetched scenarios. According to a study conducted by Carnegie Melon’s CyLab, over 10% of the children studied reported […]



 Income Tax Identity Theft

By Jana Castanon Be Aware Now Identity Theft. You know what it is. You have heard ads, news reports, and warnings on ways to protect yourself. You probably have a firewall on your computer, are more cautious when you are using your credit or debit cards, and more mindful when you are giving out personal information. But, […]



 Keeping Your Social Security Card
Safe and Secure

By Carla Blair You may think if you have your Social Security number locked in your memory bank – and you definitely should if you’re an adult – that you’re all set and your information is secure, and that you don’t need your Social Security card on hand. But you’re ignoring the fact that if […]



 Identity Theft Help

By Ashley Hagelin Nearly every day we hear about another identity theft scam, or get another phishing email trying to get our personal information so some con artist can help themselves to our money or credit. Technology has made our lives so much more convenient. However, as we enjoy the fruits of the information age […]



 Financial Spring Cleaning:
Tips For Tidying Up Your Finances

By Gail Cunningham For many Americans the onset of spring and fresh air outside means spring cleaning inside. It’s time to swap winter clothes for spring/summer ones, and to get rid of the dust and clutter that’s built up over the cold months. Spring also is a great time to put your finances in order […]



 Simple Steps Lead To Financial Protection

By Gail Cunningham Personal finances have become increasingly complex, yet hardly a day goes by that doesn’t involve a financial transaction. Realizing that there are those eager to separate consumers from their money and destroy their financial reputation makes financial protection take on a new level of importance.    In recognition of Consumer Protection Week, the NFCC challenges […]



 Don’t Take Advice From a Movie Character
When Putting Personal Finances in Order

By Gail Cunningham Millions will watch the upcoming Golden Globe Awards. Some will be envious of the movie stars’ talent and lifestyle.  However, even though the stars’ lives may appear glamorous, it might not be financially smart to think like some of the characters that have been portrayed on the big screen throughout the years. The NFCC […]



 Finding Your Lost Money

By Jason Alderman You may not know it, but millions of Americans are owed money from long-forgotten government payments, stock sales, bank accounts, and other lost accounts. When the entities holding these funds can’t find the rightful recipients, they turn over the money to individual states, which hold it in escrow until claimed. According to […]