Don’t be the Next Anthem

by ID Experts


After Anthem Inc.’s most recent breach comprised more than 80 million customers’ information, 2015 is already shaping up to be the year of the healthcare data breach. Personal data incidents are on the rise and how an organization manages incident response affects their business risks and its brand. … Continue Reading

FTC Says Identity Theft Was the Number One Consumer Complaint in 2014

by Jim Malmberg

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February 27, 2015 – The FTC has announced that identity theft was the number one consumer complaint received by the agency last year. That’s no real surprise because it has been the number one consumer complaint for 15 years now. But it may no longer be the fastest growing crime. Debt collection scams were the second largest consumer complaint of 2014; with 160,000 reported incidents. That’s 100,000 more than were reported in 2013. … Continue Reading

Why Hotels Check your ID

by Robert Siciliano


I know someone who tried to make a hotel reservation over the phone. She goes by the name “Kelcie,” but her birth name is Frances. She hates her birth name. When making the reservation she used the name Kelcie, which is what’s on her credit card and checks, but her driver’s license says Frances.
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What is private Information and what is not?

by Robert Siciliano


Data Privacy Day was Wednesday, January 28, and these days the concept of “privacy” can be ambiguous, generic or confusing. What you might think of as private actually isn’t. … Continue Reading

National Consumer Protection Week

by Robin Slade


This week marks the 17th National Consumer Protection Week. The partnership highlights the collaboration of 89 agencies and non-profits that provide consumer education resources to help stop fraud in its tracks. National Consumer Protection Week is spearheaded by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which works for consumers to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop, and avoid them. As a leading consumer advocate, FraudAvengers shares in this growing effort to empower consumers to take charge and become a strong first line of defense against fraud in their communities.

Consumer protection extends from online safety to avoidance of identity theft. The FTC’s Consumer Complaints Report for 2014 shows the ever increasing nature of fraud against consumers. For instance, identity theft topped the list nationally for the 15th year in a row, accounting for 13% of all consumer complaints. Debt collection schemes are still pulled … Continue Reading

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