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 …Continue reading "Identity Theft, Fraud, and Data Breaches Affect Consumers During Coronavirus"
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, …Continue reading "International Fraud Awareness Week Takes Place November 15 to 21, 2020"
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 …Continue reading "FTC Launches New Consumer Fraud Reporting Website at ReportFraud.ftc.gov"
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 …Continue reading "FTC Settles with Retailer Over Alleged FCRA Violations Related 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, …Continue reading "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) – 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 …Continue reading "FTC Warns Consumers about Scams Taking Advantage of Coronavirus Outbreak"
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 …Continue reading "IRS Launches Identity Theft Central to Help Protect Taxpayers and Businesses"
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 …Continue reading "Valentine’s Day Brings Warning from FBI about Online Dating Romance Scams"
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 …Continue reading "How to Avoid Identity Theft and Fraud during Black Friday and Cyber Monday"
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 …Continue reading "Better Business Bureau (BBB) Offers Tips to Avoid Job Scams in Holiday Season"