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A scam-free vacation

by Federal Trade Commission

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Heading out of town? Make sure you come back with a nice post-vacation glow and not a case of identity theft. Here are some things you can do to lessen the chances you’ll be a victim. … Continue Reading

Skimming Big Business targeting Big Business

by Robert Siciliano

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Skimming means more than just cutting fat off steak; it’s also when a thief obtains data from that magnetic strip on the back of your credit card (or debit or ATM card). … Continue Reading

ID Theft Rings Install Card Skimmers Across Florida

by Denise Richardson

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Florida’s dubious distinction as the number one state in the US for identity theft is unfortunately well-earned. The number of cases of identity theft reported here each year dwarfs the number of reports filed in most other states, and generally has a significant lead over whichever state holds the number 2 position. … Continue Reading

ATM Alert! New Skimmer Being Used by Thieves

by Debra N. Diener J.D. CIPP G

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We’ve heard and read about the ways thieves turn ATMs into their personal money machines. We try to remember how to avoid having our private financial information and money stolen. But we’re busy and that’s part of the usefulness of ATMs — we can get quick access to our accounts and money. … Continue Reading

Identity Theft: Smile, Your ID is on Candid Camera

by J_Pratt

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Fellow American Fraud Fighter, James Bonnette, Detective Corporal of the Athens Police Department, shares a great tip:

“At the register: Don’t forget that almost everyone has a cell phone and almost every cell phone has a camera. When standing in line at the register, do not lay your Driver’s License, Credit or Debit Card etc. down for any length of time. The person behind you just might snap a picture of your information!” … Continue Reading

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