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Data breaches, credit freezes, and identity theft… oh my!

September 11th, 2014

September 10, 2014
by Nicole Vincent Fleming, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC
News reports of large-scale data breaches — like this week’s announcement from Home Depot — have prompted some of our readers to ask about a credit freeze. Also known as a security freeze, this tool lets you limit access to your credit report, which makes it [...]


Posted in Cyber Security, Fraud, Identity Theft, Privacy, Scam

Home Depot Confirms Breach

September 9th, 2014

Home Depot recently made a public announcement confirming a massive data breach in their U.S. and Canadian locations. Attached to this communication is the Home Depot press release.
Home Depot Press Release
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Posted in Awareness, Credit Cards, Debit Card Fraud, Debit Cards, Fraud, Privacy

Company promised fake FTC refunds

September 9th, 2014

by Amy Hebert, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC
You got a robocall from someone working with the FTC with a message that promised to help you get a refund from the agency. If you ever lost money to a scam, it might have been a tough call to ignore. Turns out ignoring the call would have [...]


Posted in Fraud, Identity Theft

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