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Online Romance: Plenty of Fish in the Sea or Swimming in Dangerous Waters?

Online Romance: Plenty of Fish in the Sea or Swimming in Dangerous Waters?

Valentine’s Day may be over, but romance scams are not. And there’s no wonder why: Online dating is no longer seen as a last ditch attempt at love. It’s grown into a $1.75 billion a year industry, one that has risen to include more than 49 million participants in the US alone.

Even more encouraging, recent data from Pew Research Center shows that attitudes about online dating—both from people who’ve tried it and people who haven’t—are shifting, giving the process a much more valid public perception.

Donating After the Shooting—Beware the Orlando Scams

Donating After the Shooting—Beware the Orlando Scams

It’s common, after a tragedy like we saw this week at Pulse, the gay nightclub in Orlando, to want to do something to help the victims, their families and the community. Just as common, unfortunately, are the scams that arise—criminals using something as tragic as a mass shooting to steal money from the unsuspecting. 

How to Help Protect Your Company from Data Breaches

How to Help Protect Your Company from Data Breaches

In the ongoing effort to curb identity theft and its related crimes, industry experts have uncovered some of the trends in how this crime occurs. The days of dumpster diving for your old credit card statements or washing your checks in order to change the recipient and dollar amount seem to be behind us—even though those methods of identity theft are still in use by low-tech thieves. The 21st century identity thief has far more tricks up his sleeve, and many of them involve technology.

Your Medical Info is a Goldmine. Treat it That Way.

Your Medical Info is a Goldmine. Treat it That Way.

We say often that, despite what most people think of first when they hear the term, identity theft isn’t unfamiliar charges on your credit card, and here’s further proof. On the thriving black market for stolen personal information, medical records are worth ten times as much as your credit card info.

You heard that right. Ten times. A would-be identity thief might pay only a few bucks for credit card information, but about $50 per record for health records.

OMG. An Identity Theft Victim Again?

OMG. An Identity Theft Victim Again?

If there’s an OMG moment for an identity theft victim, Priscilla W. has experienced it—many times over.

Priscilla lives in Florida, a state that sees more than its share of identity theft. She first realized she was a victim in 2013 when she attempted to file her income taxes. Someone had filed them a month earlier—in her name, using her Social Security number.

Only the start

OMG, right? And that was just the beginning.