Identity Theft

FCC and FTC Hosts Consumer Protection Expo

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently held a consumer protection expo “aimed at furthering the fight against illegal robocalls and caller ID spoofing.” The expo showcased two events: a joint policy forum and an event to showcase new technologies to “eliminate or minimize the illegal robocalls consumers receive.” Both the…

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The Most Common Scams of 2017

Each year millions of Americans fall victim to scams and fraud. As technology evolves, so do scammers, and they work tirelessly to take advantage of you and your loved ones without a second thought. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) releases an annual report that compiles data about complaints made to the FTC regarding scams and…

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How Identity Theft can Lead to Debt Harassment

Imagine this: You lose your wallet, spend days searching for it, and after flipping every pillow in the house, you decide to call your bank to cancel your cards. However, by the time you’ve reported the situation, a thief has already used your personal information to take out a payday loan in your name. Weeks…

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Top 5 Myths About Identity Theft

It seems that although there are more consumer protections available to guard against identity theft, such the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA), the crime of identity theft and fraud continues to rise. One reason this may be the case is the misconception that identity theft is a victimless crime. This is one among…

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Top 3 Types of ID Theft

South Florida is the nation’s epicenter for cases of identity theft. The Federal Trade Commission ranked Florida as the top state for ID theft, with over 200,000 fraud complaints a year. Of all its regions, South Florida has the highest concentration of consumer complaints of any other region: in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metro…

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ID Theft vs. Fraud and how FACTA Protects You

Millions of people across the country are disenfranchised every day by identity theft and fraud. Residents of Florida are particularly at risk of being victims of these crimes, considering the state holds the highest rate of identity theft and fraud in the nation with over 186 complaints per 100,000 people. The terms “fraud” and “theft”…

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