FTC Offers Tips on How Consumers Can Avoid Tax Identity Theft Scams

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With the deadline to file taxes on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – the nation’s consumer protection agency – is offering tips on how to avoid tax identity theft scams that steal personal data and money based on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) …

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FTC Report Finds Less Consumer Complaints about Fraud in 2017 But More Money Lost than in 2016

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – a primary federal privacy and data security enforcement agency – has released the 2017 Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book that found the number of consumer complaints about fraud dropped in 2017 while the amount of money lost was more than in …

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FTC to Hold PrivacyCon 2018 Event on February 28

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – the primary federal privacy and data security enforcement agency – will hold its third PrivacyCon on February 28, 2018, to focus on the economics of privacy including how to quantify the harms that result from the failure of companies to secure …

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Identity Fraud Affected All Time High of 16.7 Million U.S. Victims in 2017

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The 2018 Identity Fraud Study released by research-based advisory firm Javelin Strategy & Research has revealed the number of identity fraud victims increased by eight percent to 16.7 million U.S. consumers in 2017, a record high since the company began tracking identity fraud in 2003.

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FTC Hosts Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week from January 29 to February 2

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is hosting Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week from Monday, January 29, 2018, to Friday, February 2, 2018, with a series of free events to help consumers and businesses reduce their chances of becoming tax identity theft victims, according to a press release from the …

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Data Breach Protection and Information Security Will Be Critical Issues for Screening Firms in 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 7, 2017, nationwide credit reporting agency Equifax announced that a massive data breach incident had impacted approximately 143 million Americans – almost half of the country –  a number that grew to include 145.5 million people in the U.S. The need for background screening firms to ensure …

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Better Business Bureau Offers 2017 BBB Holiday Guide to Help Consumers Shop Smart During Holidays

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With the 2017 holiday season here, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is helping consumers and donors shop smart and give wisely with a 2017 BBB Holiday Guide that offers information for a happy and safe holiday shopping season. The guide is on the BBB website at www.bbb.org/council/holiday-helper/.

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Two Out of Three U.S. Adults Worry about Hackers Stealing Personal Information and Identity Theft

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Two-thirds of adults in the United States worry about becoming victims of cybercrime with 67 percent worrying at least occasionally about computer hackers stealing their personal information and 66 percent worrying at least occasionally about identity theft, according to the Gallup Annual Crime Poll.

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Woman Who Used Resume Fraud to Work in Hospital Shows Importance of Education and Employment Verifications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A woman who admitted in court that she lied about her credentials and experience on her resume to work as a nurse at a St. Louis, Missouri hospital for months and teach nursing at a New Mexico college shows the importance of education and employment verifications when background screening …

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Forensic Investigation of Equifax Data Breach Reveals 2.5 Million More Americans May Be Impacted

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Credit reporting agency Equifax Inc. has announced that a forensic investigation of the massive data breach incident first disclosed on September 7, 2017, that impacted approximately 143 million Americans – almost half of the country –  revealed the impact may potentially reach 2.5 million more Americans.

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