FTC Settles with Retailer Over Alleged FCRA Violations Related to Identity Theft

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 10, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that a department store retail chain agreed to pay a civil penalty of $220,000 to settle allegations that the retailer violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) “by refusing to provide complete records of transactions to consumers …

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FTC Data Shows Active Duty Service Members More Susceptible to Identity Theft

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reports active duty service members were 76 percent more likely than other adults to report identity theft from misused existing bank accounts or credit cards, and 22 percent more likely to report their stolen information was misused to open a new account, …

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FTC Warns Consumers about Scams Taking Advantage of Coronavirus Outbreak

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – a government agency of the United States that protects and educates consumers – is warning the public in a blog post on the FTC website about scams that seek to take advantage of fears surrounding the worldwide outbreak of the Coronavirus …

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IRS Launches Identity Theft Central to Help Protect Taxpayers and Businesses

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Just in time for tax season, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – the tax collection agency for the United States of America – has announced the launching of its new Identity Theft Central to improve online access to information about tax-related identity theft and data security protection …

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Valentine’s Day Brings Warning from FBI about Online Dating Romance Scams

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) – the principal federal law enforcement agency of the United States – is giving tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of romance scams to users of online dating websites, according to a press …

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How to Avoid Identity Theft and Fraud during Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With the National Retail Federation (NRF) estimating that 164 million people will plan to shop from Black Friday to Cyber Monday, the start of the holiday season can be “a bonanza for cyber criminals,” according to a report from CNBC Make It that offers the following tips …

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Better Business Bureau (BBB) Offers Tips to Avoid Job Scams in Holiday Season

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Better Business Bureau (BBB) – a leader in advancing marketplace trust – is offering tips for avoiding job scams during the holiday season from scammers trying to take advantage of job seekers looking for work from retailers and shippers that hire seasonal workers to fulfill the …

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International Fraud Awareness Week Takes Place November 17 to 23, 2019

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) – the world’s largest anti-fraud organization – is asking businesses to join the global effort to minimize the impact of fraud by promoting anti-fraud awareness and education during International Fraud Awareness Week that takes place November 17 to 23, 2019. …

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Study Finds District of Columbia Most Vulnerable to Identity Theft and Fraud

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn People living in the District of Columbia (D.C.) are more vulnerable to identity theft and fraud than people living in the rest of America, according to a study that identified states where identity theft and fraud are worse by comparing data from the 50 states and D.C. …

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Millennials 25 Percent More Likely to Lose Money to Fraud than Older People

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn “Millennials” – a demographic cohort made up of people aged approximately 20 to 39 as of 2019 – are 25 percent more likely to report losing money to fraud than people aged 40 years and older, according to a blog posted on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) …

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