All Posts Tagged: identity theft

Impacted by the Equifax breach? Five steps to help protect yourself

David Pollino
Fraud Prevention

If your personal identifying information was compromised as part of the recent Equifax data breach, you are in good company: The breach impacted about half the U.S. population, including me. (You can check here.)

Here are the steps that I am Man looking at credit card and iPadtaking to help protect myself and my financial accounts in the wake of the breach:

  • Take advantage of free credit monitoring from Equifax. Criminals can use the breached information to open new loan or deposit accounts. The service will help you monitor for nefarious activity and get fraudulent accounts shut down. When you sign up, check the report carefully for accuracy. (UPDATE: Be sure to read all the terms & conditions before you sign up, and exercise caution in sharing any personal information in the online process.)
  • Monitor your existing accounts for unauthorized activity. I use mobile apps to check my banking and credit accounts daily to verify transactions.
  • Sign up for account alerts. Most financial institutions will notify you of unusual activity on your accounts.
  • Take quick action, if you notice anything out of the ordinary. Contact your bank or credit card company as soon as you suspect fraudulent activity on your account.
  • Update your contact information. Make sure your bank and other financial institutions have your correct phone numbers, email addresses and mailing address to contact you in the event of suspicious account activity.

Equifax is the latest high-profile data breach, but similar cybersecurity crimes happen all too frequently. Please make these steps part of your regular routine to help protect yourself from cybercriminals. #BeCyberSafe

Read More ›

8 travel tips to help protect against theft or fraud

David Pollino
Fraud Prevention
Young couple with 2 little girls posing for a selfie at the back of their car as they all wear fedora hats.

If you haven’t already done so, make sure you require a passcode or password to unlock your device.

Read More ›

With tax season comes heightened alert for fraud

David Pollino
Fraud Prevention
Man sitting in bright office while looking at his online tax information with paperwork nearby and a cup of coffee

Here are some basic tips and good practices as you get ready to file your annual income taxes.

Read More ›

Good resolution for this year: Use a password manager

David Pollino
Fraud Prevention
Hand writing on  black chalkboard the word "secure" with the prefix "in" crossed out.

Password managers are simple to set up and use and can help protect your personal information from hackers. I strongly recommend them.

Read More ›

Charity scams: Make sure your money gets to the right place

David Pollino
Fraud Prevention
Young, smiling woman with clipboard greeting an older woman who is a potential donor at a charity event.

Before you donate, make sure you’re dealing with a genuine organization because scammers posing as nonprofits are after your money, too.

Read More ›