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Making sense of financial fraud

Jul 31, 2018
As the Manafort trial begins, here's a glossary to help you navigate some wonky terms.
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Shouldn’t a company have to tell you when it’s been hacked?

Mar 1, 2018
Here are three reasons why there should be breach-notification law.
In this photo illustration, a virtual map of the internet is projected onto a woman in London.
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Monitor credit scores? You might wish you had if you don’t

Feb 26, 2018
Most people say they care about credit card security. They just don’t take time to deal with it before it’s too late. Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 

Thanks to Equifax, the risk of fraud is higher this tax season

Jan 29, 2018
If someone claiming to be from the IRS gives you a call, go ahead and hang up.
It's that time of year again ... tax time.
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Here’s what to do if your identity is stolen

Fraud alerts, credit reports, freezes — the Federal Trade Commission has an action plan.
The FTC has instructions on what to do if you've stopped receiving government benefits because of identity theft. Above, blank Social Security checks are run through a printer at the U.S. Treasury facility in Philadelphia.
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With breach after breach, why are our Social Security numbers tied to everything?

Sep 15, 2017
Governments and businesses are turning to biometrics to find a universal identifier.
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Have you ever had your identity stolen?

Social Security numbers can be pretty vulnerable. Tell us your story.
Accessing your money is easy once someone else has your social security number.

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Equifax hack calls into question its core competency. Will it recover?

Sep 8, 2017
Credit-rating agency Equifax has announced its computer systems were hacked from mid-May to late July and that personal data on as many as 143 million American consumers was compromised, including names, Social Security numbers, birth dates and addresses. CEO Richard F. Smith said in a press release that the data breach “strikes at the heart […]

A new form of ID theft: account takeover

Aug 21, 2017
Thieves are now hijacking phones, bank accounts, even 401(k)s.
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Dealing with identity theft can cost you — but should it?

Aug 11, 2017
We often talk about cyber security as a way to prevent other people from accessing your personal information, but what can you do if the worst actually happens? That’s what David Lazarus had to find out after someone used his social security number. Lazarus, who writes the Consumer Confidential column for the LA Times (and […]