Online Shoppers Should Be Wary of Identity Theft and Fraud on “Black Friday”

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn “Black Friday” – the Friday after Thanksgiving that is one of the busiest online shopping days of the year – will be impacted by supply chain issues, shipping delays, and COVID-19 in 2021, “which will inject a heightened level of stress and panic buying” that may lead …

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New York State Reports Record Number of Identity Theft Cases in 2020

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Identity theft cases surged in New York State in 2020 as identity theft complaints surpassed 67,000 statewide during that year, more than four times the annual total from a decade earlier, according to data from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that was cited in a report from …

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FTC Warns of COVID-19 Scams Related to American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) “is watching closely and will aggressively go after fraudsters who try to exploit the relief effort” for Americans hurt financially by the COVID-19 pandemic following the enactment of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, according to a statement from FTC Chairwoman …

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FTC Participating in 23rd Annual National Consumer Protection Week in 2021

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and more than 100 federal, state, and local agencies, consumer groups, and national advocacy organizations are participating in the 23rd annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) being held from February 28, 2021, to March 6, 2021, according to a press release from …

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FTC Hosts Identity Theft Awareness Week from February 1 to 5, 2021

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and its partners will host free webinars and other events during Identity Theft Awareness Week from February 1 to 5, 2021, to highlight ways to protect personal information, the warning signs of identity theft, and what to do if identity theft occurs, …

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Identity Theft, Fraud, and Data Breaches Affect Consumers During Coronavirus

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn More than eight in ten consumers – 86 percent – were the victim of identity theft, credit/debit card fraud, or data breaches in 2020, increasing from 80 percent in 2019, while over half – 51 percent – also experienced a rise in phishing activity during the Coronavirus …

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International Fraud Awareness Week Takes Place November 15 to 21, 2020

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 from November 15 to 21, …

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FTC Launches New Consumer Fraud Reporting Website at ReportFraud.ftc.gov

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 22, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – which works to protect and educate consumers – announced it had launched a new website at ReportFraud.ftc.gov where consumers may easily report fraud and all other consumer issues directly to the FTC, according to a press release …

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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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