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Identity theft is a serious crime that occurs when someone uses your name, social security number, credit card number or other identifying information without your permission to commit fraud or other crimes.

There are numerous ways in which identity theft can occur – money missing from your checking account, fraudulent or suspicious charges on a credit card or a new account opening in your name, to name a few.

While you cannot completely prevent ID theft from occurring, there are ways to protect yourself. Taking proactive steps now can reduce the debilitating impacts of the crime and help you restore your good name more quickly.

Education is the key. Safeguard yourself against this crime today.

Identity Theft News Headlines

Cybersecurity for small business: Vendor security

Fri, 21 Dec 2018 11:32:13 -0500 - By Andrew Smith, Director, FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection

Not many small businesses do business these days without the services of third-party vendors, some of whom have access to your company’s sensitive information. Even if you run a tight cybersecurity ship, what happens if your accountant loses a laptop or the payroll company that connects to your network experiences a security breach? Your business could be in jeopardy, of course, but that’s not all.

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Cybersecurity for small business: Tech support scams

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:20:43 -0500 - By Andrew Smith, Director, FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection

An employee gets a phone call, pop-up, or email warning about a problem with the office computer. In an effort to be helpful – or perhaps concerned they clicked on something that caused the glitch – the employee follows instructions to send money, turn over personal information, or provide access to your system. As a small business owner, you know it’s a tech support scam, but are you sure every member of your team has the savvy to spot it?

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