Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Experian gives 12 symptoms of identity theft

Experian (which used to be TRW which in turn used to own Chilton and Pinger) has a list of twelve warning signs that your identity might be stolen. It’s a pretty interesting list.

Particularly disturbing are #8 – you could find out from your employer, who might not be that forgiving – and #9, you get unexpected two-factor authentication requests. 

Failing to receive expected bills (which might be electronic) is another one.

I wonder about, if you have a small business, getting unrequested lines of credit. 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Criminals doing "id theft" of legitimate contractors to scam consumers as imposters

WJLA7 in Washington (Sinclair) is advising users about another scam, possibly with Google Business.

In a few cases, criminals have changed the contact info for legitimate contractors and scammed homeowners after repairs.
Customers should verify phone contact in several sources (Including own website). Google is working on confirming address changes with contractors, possibly with 2-step identification.