Our first article looked at tips for keeping your personal and financial information secure. Here we look at what to do to bounce back financially after an ID theft.
Among experiences you sure don’t want, you open your credit card bill and find a long column of strange charges. Or you try to file your federal tax return and the Internal Revenue Service responds that you already filed and supposedly received your refund weeks ago. How can you protect your identity from falling into the wrong hands?
Nothing guarantees you sufficient money to cover all possible costs in retirement, but you can steer clear of some common mistakes as you enter your golden years.
Your letter from the Internal Revenue Service says a bogus tax return was already filed in your name. Or your electronically filed return bounces back because fake returns are already on file with your Social Security number (SSN). Surprise: You may be the victim of identity theft. What can you do?
While the Internal Revenue Service may not be your favorite federal agency, criminals posing as IRS representatives are unquestionably the much bigger problem. Here’s what to know to protect yourself.
Old age should come with a caution label for many reasons. Most of us expect to live longer than our parents or grandparents. And with longer life come difficulties – and sometimes financial predators.
Tax authorities demand to know why a fourth grader never reported thousands of dollars in income from a factory job. Collection agencies suddenly hound a college student for more than a decade’s worth of credit card debt. Shocking but true: Children and minors are actually almost as likely as adults to be victims of identity theft.
We feel safe in a diminishing number of places these days, and online sure isn’t one. Identity theft and cyberattacks seem to run rampant almost every day. How can you fend off intrusions that might cost you agonizing hours – not to mention a lot of money – to correct?
What’s all the fuss? The major culprit of Sony’s data breach was Sony itself, for inept security. Plus, North Korea’s invasion of Sony’s internal computer system is hardly an act of war. And if the breach portends future cyber threats, would North Korea tip its hand over something so stupid as trying to cancel the release of a movie, “The Interview”?
The weather is starting to get chilly (if not downright cold) and you already have packed your bags to head south for the winter. Before you surrender to daydreams of sandals and shorts on New Year’s Day, here are a few smart tips to safeguard yourself and your property, if you plan to be away from your primary residence for the winter.