How to Prevent Identity Theft

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) estimates that as many as 9 million Americans become victims of identity theft every year. The crime ranges in form and severity, from nabbing a credit card to stealing a Social Security number. While some thefts can be corrected within a couple days, others can take months or even years to sort out, wreaking havo...


How to Avoid Internet and Email Scams

The Internet has permeated nearly every aspect of our lives, from communication to personal finance. Navigating the web and sending emails has become second nature to most. Scammers are continually developing new ways to take advantage of this reliance and trust. Consumers must be cautious with any online transaction. Below, we’ve outlined tips ...


Protection from phishing, data breaches and ID theft

Phishing and the Target Data Breach

Not only are more than 40-million Target customers dealing with news of the data breach that compromised their credit and debit card information, they also need to be on the lookout for fraudulent, "phishing" emails hoping to take advantage of it. Shortly after news of the data breach went public, some consumers began receiving phishing emails, ...