Tag Archives: ID theft

6 things ID thieves want from your mailbox

Sally Herigstad
6 things ID thieves want from your mailbox

I can’t believe anyone these days would still have an unlocked mailbox. A quick drive down the street near my house, however, shows plenty of old-fashioned mailboxes that anyone could help themselves to, anytime. I used to worry about thieves…
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My new BFF who fraudulently opened an authorized user card on my account

Sally Herigstad

When I worry about identity theft, I’m likely to worry about someone stealing my cards and going on a spending spree with them. Or maybe someone would open a new account, using my name and Social Security number. Recently, however,…
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Geektastic: New biometric gadgets read heartbeats, deploy minicams

Jay MacDonald

This week’s gadget beat features two new geek-tastic contenders in the ongoing quest for a foolproof card ID verification system that doesn’t involve collecting bodily fluids.
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Loss of e-reader risks ID theft

Fred Williams

It took about a day for me to figure out my e-reader had been stolen. Double-take: Along with it, the thief had grabbed the virtual keys to my credit card. As their tablet-like abilities increase, e-readers are becoming an ID theft hazard.
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Yay, hiss! Cards’ mag stripe ‘fingerprint’ may foil thieves

Jay MacDonald

Lovers of vinyl records know that a certain amount of distortion goes with them — a hiss that is specific to that record. In the wake of the big Scnuck’s grocery store data breach, a California security company found the same applies to the magnetic stripes on credit cards. It’s a discovery that may give credit cards a “fingerprint” able to thwart thievery such as befell Schnuck’s the grocery chain.
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