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What To Know About Tax Identity Theft [UPDATED 2022]

What To Know About Tax Identity TheftIdentity Theft Identity theft is when someone uses another person's personal identifying information, without their permission, to commit fraud or other crimes. In both the U.K. and the United States it is the theft of personally identifiable information. Identity theft deliberately uses someone else's identity as a method to gain financial advantages or obtain credit and other benefits, and perhaps to cause other person's loss. The person whose identity has been stolen may suffer adverse consequences, especially if they are falsely held responsible for the perpetrator's actions. Personally identifiable information generally includes a person's name, date of birth, social security number, driver's license number, bank account or credit card numbers, PINs, electronic signatures, fingerprints, passwords, or any other information that can be used to access a person's financial resources. Courtesy of the Federal Trade Commission Presented by SCARS Learn What Tax Identity Theft Is! This information is primarily focused on United States Tax Payers, but the risk is worldwide. What you can do to guard against it, [...]

Spam and Phishing – Identity Theft, Fraud And Cybercrime Alert

Spam and Phishing Identity Theft, FraudFraud In law, fraud is intentional deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain (money or other assets), or to deprive a victim of a legal right. Fraud can violate civil law (e.g., a fraud victim may sue the fraud perpetrator to avoid the fraud or recover monetary compensation) or criminal law (e.g., a fraud perpetrator may be prosecuted and imprisoned by governmental authorities), or it may cause no loss of money, property, or legal right but still be an element of another civil or criminal wrong. The purpose of fraud may be monetary gain or other benefits, for example by obtaining a passport, travel document, or driver's license, or mortgage fraud, where the perpetrator may attempt to qualify for a mortgage by way of false statements. A fraud can also be a hoax, which is a distinct concept that involves deliberate deception without the intention of gain or of materially damaging or depriving a victim., And CybercrimeCybercrime Cybercrime is a crime related to technology, computers, and the Internet. Typical cybercrime are performed by a computer against a computer, or by a hacker using software to attack computers or networks. Alert A SCARS Insight Spam and Phishing Cybercriminals have become quite savvy in their attempts to lure people in and get you to click on a link or open an attachment. More than half of all cyber-attacks [...]

Scammers Using Your Identity

Scammers Using Your Identity You Gave Them All They Need! A SCARS Insight ScamScam A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. Victims Send Money To Scammers! But Sometimes Scammers Keep The Money In The Victim's Name! There is a practice that has been going on for at least a decade in [...]

Synthetic Identity Fraud — Hurts Real People

Synthetic Identity FraudSynthetic identity fraud Synthetic identity theft, or synthetic identity fraud, occurs when a criminal creates an identity instead of stealing an existing one. The scam involves mixing real Social Security numbers, or fake numbers, with other pieces of information—names, addresses, and birthdates—to put together an entirely new identity, often using partially fake identity information. In contrast, the more familiar form of identity theft involves using the actual name, Social Security number, and other personal data of a single victim. — Hurts Real People The New Battle In Financial Fraud A SCARS Insight “Fake” Synthetic IdentitiesSynthetic identity Synthetic identity theft, or synthetic identity fraud, occurs when a criminal creates an identity instead of stealing an existing one. The scam involves mixing real Social Security numbers, or fake numbers, with other pieces of information—names, addresses, and birthdates—to put together an entirely new identity, often using partially fake identity information. In contrast, the more familiar form of identity theft involves using the actual name, Social Security number, and other personal data of a single victim. Hurt Real People According to Sontiq: Over the last few years, synthetic identity fraud has taken off. Once considered a complex and expensive crime to [...]

Unemployment Identity Theft Explodes in the United States

Unemployment Identity Theft Explodes in the United States A SCARS Special Report Phishing scheme targets unemployment insurance benefits and PII Scam Victims Need To Be Especially Careful Have you gotten an alarming text message about your unemployment insurance benefits from what seems to be your [...]

The Challenges In Supporting Impersonation Scam Victims

The Challenges In Supporting ImpersonationImpersonation An impersonator is someone who imitates or copies the behavior or actions of another. There are many reasons for impersonating someone, such as: part of a criminal act such as identity theft, online impersonation scam, or other fraud. This is usually where the criminal is trying to assume the identity of another, in order to commit fraud, such as accessing confidential information or to gain property not belonging to them. Also known as social engineering and impostors. Scam Victims The Responsibility To Help Victims Understand The Mechanics Of ScamsScams A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. Many times this will conflict with their beliefs Our Responsibility Is Sometimes To Deliver Hard Truths A Discussion About Impersonation Scams And Accepting The Reality Of [...]

Another Stolen Identity Used To Scam Men: Janet Guzman

Another Stolen Identity Used To Scam Men: Janet Guzman Stolen Photos Appear In Billions Of Fake Profiles On Social Media And Dating Websites It is impossible to catalog all of them, but you can see many more on www.ScamsOnline.org - a separate SCARS website dedicated to displaying stolen photos [...]

Do Not Photograph & Post Your Vaccine Cards [VIDEO]

Do Not Photograph & Post Your Vaccine Cards Social media is no place for COVID-19 vaccination cards. When you post it to Facebook, Instagram, or some other social media platform, you may be handing valuable info over to someone who could use it for identity theft You have to [...]

Identity Theft Awareness Week

Identity Theft can Happen to Anyone, Especially Scam Victims, but there are things You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk. Join the FTCFTC The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is an independent agency of the United States government whose principal mission is the enforcement of civil (non-criminal) U.S. antitrust law and the promotion of consumer protection. The FTC can also act as a clearinghouse for criminal reports sent to other agencies for investigation and prosecution. To learn more visit www.FTC.gov or to report fraud visit ReportFraud.FTC.gov and SCARS for free webinars and other events during Identity Theft Awareness Week, February 1 – 5, 2021. We’ll highlight what you can do to [...]

Kate Thornton “Bibi Bijoux”: Have You Seen Her? Another Stolen Face / Stolen Identity

Stolen Identity: Kate Thornton “Bibi Bijoux” Have You Seen Kate Thornton “Bibi Bijoux”? Successful Businesswoman & Impersonation VictimImpersonation Victim An impersonation victim is someone who has had their identity or images used by someone who imitates or copies their identity to scam or defraud another. This is a criminal act such as identity theft, online impersonation scam, or other fraud. This is usually where the criminal is trying to assume the identity of this victim, in order to commit fraud, such as accessing confidential information or gaining property from someone else. Frequently Used By Scammers To Fool Men! You Have Probably Seen Her Photos Before! The real Kate Thornton, also known as “Bibi Bijoux” is a successful British Entrepreneur Kate Thornton “Bibi Bijoux” [...]

Jacinda Ardern: Have You Seen Her? Another Stolen Face / Stolen Identity

Stolen Identity: Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand Prime Minister Have You Seen Jacinda Ardern? Career Politician & Impersonation Victim Frequently Used By Scammers To Fool Men! You Have Probably Seen Her Photos Before! The real Jacinda Ardern is the current Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern Is Another Scammers Choice [...]

Ann Angel: Have You Seen Her? Another Stolen Face / Stolen Identity

Stolen Identity: Ann Angel Have You Seen Ann Angel? Adult Model & Impersonation Victim Frequently Used By Scammers To Fool Men! You Have Probably Seen Her Photos Before! The real Ann Angel is an Adult Video Star & Webcam Girl Ann Angel Is Another ScammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer.'s Choice Award Winner Visit the [...]

Yuliana Avalos: Have You Seen Her? Another Stolen Face / Stolen Identity

Stolen Identity / Impersonation Victim: Yuliana Avalos Have You Seen Yuliana Avalos? Adult Model/Entertainer & Impersonation Victim Yuliana Avalos Is Another Scammers Choice Award Winner In her own words, she describes how scammers are using her photos: Of course, you don't really know Yuliana Avalos, since these are stolen photos [...]

April Iman: Have You Seen Her? Another Stolen Face / Stolen Identity

SCARS™ Stolen Identity: April Iman Have You Seen April Iman? Model & Business Woman & Impersonation Victim Frequently Used By Scammers To Fool Men! You Have Probably Seen Her Photos Before! The real April Iman is a Model, Reporter, and Business Woman April Iman Is Another Scammers Choice Award Winner [...]

Lana Rhoades: Have You Seen Her? Another Stolen Face / Stolen Identity

SCARS™ Stolen Identity: Lana Rhoades Have You Seen Lana Rhoades? Porn Actress & Adult Model & Impersonation Victim Frequently Used By Scammers To Fool Men! You Have Probably Seen Her Photos Before! The real Lana Rhoades is an American Adult Video Star Lana Rhoades Is Another Scammers Choice Award Winner [...]

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