BBB: Protect your personal information from identity thieves

Identity theft is serious problem. If they get your sensitive information, criminals could drain your bank account, change your contact information on various accounts, use your credit card, set up new credit cards or bank accounts in your name and more. You should do what you can to prevent this from happening, because ID theft…

BBB and Center for Identity to host Q&A on small business ID theft, April 22

Small businesses are at great risk for identity theft, fraud, and abuse. Join the University of Texas Center for Identity and the Better Business Bureau for an engaging discussion about protecting yourself, your business, and your customers from these risks. Hear about common scams and best practices for preventing them, get tips on best data…

National Consumer Protection Week: preventing ID theft

Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin offers tips for keeping your identity safe Identity theft is one of the most common crimes to strike consumers and is growing in frequency. As part of National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), your BBB is shedding light on ways to protect yourself. There were…

BBB offers advice on what to do after a data breach compromises your identity

Anthem Insurance is latest corporation to be hacked Tens of millions of Americans could be victims of the latest corporate data breach at Anthem Insurance. Unknown hackers apparently stole personal identifying information (PII) from current and former Anthem customers, including names, addresses, Social Security numbers, dates of births and other information that can be used…

Don’t treat a trickster to your child’s identity

BBB tips to help parents protect their children from identity thieves Parents tend to take plenty of precautions when trick-or-treating with their child. However, it’s important to consider an aspect to their safety that isn’t always seen—their identity.This Halloween, Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin wants to remind…

College students and kids at risk of identity theft

Information sharing has become second nature for many of us, especially young people. With today’s smartphones, the Internet is everywhere. That has its pluses and minuses.  That sharing mentality can put young adults in the crosshairs of identity thieves. Identity thieves like to target college-age adults because they often have good, clean credit scores. Young adults also have to…

Warning to businesses: ID thieves have you in their crosshairs

Identity theft is a serious threat to businesses, not just consumers With the recent news stories about retailers having their records compromised by hackers, Americans are focused on the dangers of identity theft. According to a 2012 survey from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 14 percent of people age 16 or older, or 34.2 million…

Scam Alert: Don’t get burned by ‘Malaysian Airlines flight mystery’ video scam

Social media teasers about exclusive footage could give you malware, steal your identity If we’re honest, most of us will admit to being curious about big, tragic events like the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. When something like that happens, you can count on scammers to come out of the woodwork. The promise of exclusive video that hasn’t…

National Consumer Protection Week: Preventing identity theft

Identity theft is one of the most common crimes to strike consumers–and the crime is growing more frequent. As part of National Consumer Protection Week, your BBB is shedding light on ways to protect yourself. There were more than 28,000 reported cases of identity theft in Texas alone in 2012, according to the Consumer Sentinel Network…

Alabama man sentenced in ID theft/tax refund fraud scheme

The U.S. Department of Justice just announced the sentencing of a man who reportedly took part in a scheme to rip off American citizens AND the federal government. Kevin Jackson of Montgomery, Alabama was handed a sentence of 102 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release for his role in a stolen identity…