Study: Identity fraud hits all time high in 2017

According to a new study by Javelin Strategy & Research, identity fraud went up eight percent in 2017 rising to 16.7 million victims. The number is a record high since Javelin Strategy & Research began tracking identity fraud since 2003. The study states credit card accounts remained the most prevalent targets for new account fraud, along…

Bank tellers increasingly involved in identity theft

We trust them with our most sensitive information, but law enforcement in New York says more and more of them are involved with identity theft. According to a Good Morning America news article, bank tellers are becoming increasingly involved in identity theft. Cyrus Vance, New York County District Attorney, told GMA that these criminal bank tellers…

Protecting your identity

There is a proverb that says a person’s good name is worth more than silver or gold. No one knows that better than identity thieves and they are ready to cash in on yours. In 2015, nearly half a million Americans reported that their identities had been stolen, according to the Federal Trade Commission. It’s…

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…

BBB Quick Tips: Cyber Security Awareness

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) and between data breaches, cloud storage privacy issues, and bugs compromising personal passwords, identity theft protection is on the forefront of many people’s mind. This year, Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin is partnering with National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA)…