Identity Theft & Fraud Alerts
updated 10/19/15


10/19/15 - "Recovering from identity theft is easier with a plan" says the FTC's site at click on image below for more...

FTC's ID Theft
FTC's IdentityTheft.GOV
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Center for Internet Security

Center For Internet Security /
Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center
Newsletter September, 2015

New Credit Card Chip Technology -- pdf

From the Desk of Desk of Thomas Duffy, Chair MS-ISAC



FTC Consumer Protection

Privacy & Identity

"Your personal information is a valuable commodity. It’s not only the key to your financial identity, but also to your online identity. Knowing how to protect your information — and your identity — is a must in the 21st century. Here are some tips to doing it effectively."



DHS Stop Think Connect
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Fake Checks
Everything You Need to Know... and More

This website was created by the National Consumers League (NCL), the nation's oldest nonprofit consumer organization, as a central source of information and advice about fake check scams. NCL created the site in collaboration with the Alliance for Consumer Fraud Awareness, a coalition of consumer and business organizations, government agencies and companies that are committed to fighting fake check scams






Learn how to protect yourself from identity theft and fraud.


Report it - FTC Complaint Assistant



FTC Scam Alerts
FTC Consumer alerts

Financial Scams and ID Theft
Click Here to View PDF (752 Kb)

OnGuard Online

Be Smart Online, Visit Our Website

OnGuard Online dot gov is maintained by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) with significant input from its many governmental and technology industry partners.



FDIC Consumer News
...including their quarterly newsletter.

"FDIC Consumer News provides practical guidance on how to become a smarter, safer user of financial services. Each issue offers helpful hints, quick tips, and common-sense strategies to protect and stretch your hard-earned dollars."


Ask the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau about:

Money transfers remittances overseas remittance transfers international wire money send money abroad ACH Automated Clearing House (ACH) Automated Clearing House network credit union electronic payments Mortgages housing counseling lender reverse mortgage housing counselor GFE Good Faith Estimate servicer closing settlement broker insurance foreclosure

Other categories: Student loans Auto loans Bank accounts and services Credit reports and scores Prepaid cards Credit cards Debt collection Payday loans Money basics

Especially for Service members Students Older Americans Parents

The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) and National Cyber Security
Alliance (NCSA) led the development of the STOP. THINK. CONNECT.
campaign.  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security provides the
Federal Government's leadership for the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. campaign

IRS Releases the “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams for 2015;
Identity Theft, Phone Scams Lead List

"WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service wrapped up the 2015 "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams today with a warning to taxpayers about aggressive telephone scams continuing coast-to-coast during the early weeks of this year's filing season.

The aggressive, threatening phone calls from scam artists continue to be seen on a daily basis in states across the nation. The IRS urged taxpayers not give out money or personal financial information as a result of these phone calls or from emails claiming to be from the IRS.

Phone scams and email phishing schemes are among the "Dirty Dozen" tax scams the IRS highlighted, for the first time, on 12 straight business days from Jan. 22 to Feb. 6. The IRS has also set up a special section on highlighting these 12 schemes for taxpayers."
IR-2015-26, Feb. 9, 2015

IRS Suspicious e-Mails and Identity Theft

The Internal Revenue Service has issued several recent consumer warnings on the fraudulent use of the IRS name or logo by scamsters trying to gain access to consumers’ financial information in order to steal their identity and assets.


When identity theft takes place over the Internet, it is called phishing