FTC Reveals Top Ten Consumer Complaints of 2015

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Debt collection, identity theft, and imposter scams were the most common categories of consumer complaints received by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in 2015, according to the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book for January – December 2015 (PDF).

Continue reading "FTC Reveals Top Ten Consumer Complaints of 2015"

Tips on Avoiding Identity Theft on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is offering consumers tips on avoiding identity theft and other scams on “Black Friday,” the Friday after Thanksgiving that officially kicks off the Holiday shopping season, and “Cyber Monday,” the following Monday that is one of the biggest days of the year …

Continue reading "Tips on Avoiding Identity Theft on Black Friday and Cyber Monday"

Identity Theft Victimized 17.6 Million People in 2014

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn An estimated 17.6 million people in the United States – or about 7 percent of U.S. residents age 16 or older – were victims of at least one incident of identity theft in 2014, according to the report Victims of Identity Theft, 2014 from the Bureau …

Continue reading "Identity Theft Victimized 17.6 Million People in 2014"

FTC Claims Identity Theft Protection Service Misled Consumers

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is claiming that LifeLock, Inc. violated a 2010 settlement with the FTC by allegedly continuing to make deceptive claims about the company’s identity theft protection services and by failing to take steps required to protect the data of users, according to …

Continue reading "FTC Claims Identity Theft Protection Service Misled Consumers"

IRS Warns Taxpayers about Phone Scams

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With the tax filing deadline of Wednesday, April 15, 2015 less than two weeks away, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is warning taxpayers not to be fooled by phone scams using fake names, bogus IRS badge numbers, and altered caller IDs to make it appear the IRS …

Continue reading "IRS Warns Taxpayers about Phone Scams"

Medical Identity Theft Increased in 2014

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The 2014 Fifth Annual Study on Medical Identity Theft sponsored by the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance (MIFA) found that medical identity theft increased nearly 22 percent in the last year, with nearly half a million more victims in 2014 than in 2013. To obtain a copy of this …

Continue reading "Medical Identity Theft Increased in 2014"

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Time for Identity Theft

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Two popular holiday shopping days – “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” – are also popular times for identity theft. A ‘Shop Safe on Back Friday and Cyber Monday’ infographic offers some tips for shoppers to use to protect against identity theft during the holidays. The infographic is …

Continue reading "Black Friday and Cyber Monday Time for Identity Theft"

Holiday Season Hiring Brings Increased Fraud Risk

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Thanksgiving week signals the official start of the holiday season. Along with turkey, football, presents, and good cheer, the holiday season brings an increase in seasonal hiring. However, fraud experts interviewed for an article posted on InsuranceJournal.com warn that businesses skipping their usual due diligence background checks …

Continue reading "Holiday Season Hiring Brings Increased Fraud Risk"

Report Helps Build Fraud Resistant Organizations

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Just in time for International Fraud Awareness Week, which runs from November 16 to 22, a report from The Anti-Fraud Collaboration – ‘The Fraud-Resistant Organization: Tools, Traits, and Techniques to Deter and Detect Financial Reporting Fraud’ – provides information on how financial organizations can become less susceptible …

Continue reading "Report Helps Build Fraud Resistant Organizations"

International Fraud Awareness Week November 16 to 22

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Sponsored by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), International Fraud Awareness Week, which runs from November 16 to 22, 2014, is dedicated to fraud awareness, detection, and prevention and is a global effort to minimize the impact of fraud by promoting anti-fraud awareness and education. For …

Continue reading "International Fraud Awareness Week November 16 to 22"