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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Synthetic Identity Theft is Fastest Growing Financial Crime in United States

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn “Synthetic identity theft” – where fraudsters create new identities by combining real and fabricated personal data – is the fastest growing type of financial crime in the United States that is difficult to detect and often unreported, according to a white paper from the U.S. Federal Reserve. …

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IRS Announces Major Progress Made in Battle against Tax-Related Identity Theft

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 8, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Security Summit partners announced that results from 2018 show major progress in the battle against tax-related identity theft along with added protection for thousands of taxpayers and billions of dollars, according to a news release from …

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IRS Kicks Off Annual “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams by Warning Taxpayers about Phishing Schemes

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – the nation’s tax collection agency – has kicked off its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of worst tax scams for 2019 by warning taxpayers of the ongoing threat of internet phishing schemes that can lead to tax-related fraud and identity theft, according …

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