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What to Do if Your Credit Card or Wallet is Stolen

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Here’s a list of five quick tips on what to do if your credit card(s) or wallet get stolen…

Make copies of everything in your wallet, front and back. This is actually a proactive step that you should do right now, before you run into trouble. That way you’ll have a record of what was lost [...]

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Published on February 11th, 2009 - 3 Comments
Filed under: Credit Card Tips, Credit Fraud, Identity Theft

Beware of Bogus Credit Card Charges

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In case you haven’t heard, a number of credit card holders have reported receiving small ($0.25) charges billed to Adele Services of Melville, NY. The problem is that they never did business with Adele Services. In fact, this company appears to be completely fictitious.
So what’s the deal? This could be the result of scammers trying [...]

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Published on January 26th, 2009 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Credit Fraud, Identity Theft

Credit Reports and Identity Theft

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I recently received the following inquiry from a reader:
I know you can get free credit reports, but I’ve already done that in the last 12 months. I’m pretty sure someone has opened credit cards in my name and I want to reorder, any ideas on where to get credit reports cheaply?
This is a great question, [...]

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Published on January 23rd, 2009 - Leave a Comment
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Another Citi Credit Card (Potentially) Compromised

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A few months ago, we received a letter from Citi reporting that our Dividend Platinum Select MasterCard may have been compromised. Accompanying the letter were two new cards, and a note saying that the old cards would stop working shortly.
Fast forward to this morning… I was taking a shower when my wife came in to [...]

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Published on September 10th, 2008 - One Comment
Filed under: Credit Card News, Identity Theft

Millions of Credit Card Numbers Compromised

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According to news reports, federal authorities have cracked a ring of computer hackers that were able to breach network security systems and steal 41 million credit and debit card numbers from at least nine major retailers. Eleven people, including 3 US citizens, as well as individuals from Estonia, the Ukraine, Belarus, and China have been [...]

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Published on August 6th, 2008 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Credit Fraud, Credit Reports, Identity Theft

Credit Card Number Compromised: Citi Issues New Account Number, Cards

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Late last week, I received an envelope from Citi, but I didn’t get around to opening it until just this morning. In it, I found two new Citi Dividend Platinum Select cards along with a note saying that our old cards would stop working on June 30, 2008. Here’s the text of the insert:
IMPORTANT SECURITY [...]

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Published on June 16th, 2008 - 14 Comments
Filed under: Credit Card News, Identity Theft

Do RFID Credit Cards Encrypt Data Before Sending?

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I wrote the other day about the safety of RFID-based, “contactless” credit cards. In that piece, I cited another article that made a variety of claims about the security of these cards, including the fact that your data is encrypted prior to transmission.
As a followup, I just wanted to point out a NY Times article [...]

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Published on May 27th, 2008 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Credit Card Facts, Identity Theft

LifeLock and Identity Theft: D’oh, it Didn’t Work!

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Hmmm… This is interesting. Remember that guy from LifeLock that was running around daring people to steal his identity? Guess what? apparently someone did.
For those of you that are unaware, LifeLock is a service that promises to protect you from identity theft — in return for a monthly subscription fee. For the past two years, [...]

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Published on May 23rd, 2008 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Credit Reports, Identity Theft

Are “Contactless” (RFID) Credit Cards Safe?

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I recently ran across an article talking about the advantages of “contactless” credit cards that transmit your account information via Radio-Frequency IDentication (RFID). While a lot of people are concerned about their account information being stolen from cards with embedded RFID chips, it seems that there are a number of security measures in place.
Here’s what [...]

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Published on May 2nd, 2008 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Credit Card Facts, Identity Theft

How to Place a Fraud Alert on Your Credit Record

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I recently learned that my personally identifying information (including my social security number) may have been compromised. While I’m hopeful that nothing bad will come of this, you can never be too careful when it comes to identity theft. Thus, I decided to place a fraud alert on my credit report (and on my wife’s, [...]

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Published on March 4th, 2008 - 8 Comments
Filed under: Credit Reports, Identity Theft

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