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Is it safe to shop online?
By Carrie Kerskie, Director of the Identity Fraud Institute You will never hear me say that anything is safe. Everything has risks. Online shopping has risks. Fortunately, there are tips that can help to reduce those risks. Use a credit card When you use a credit card, a debt of […]

Is it Safe to Shop Online?


Typosquatting Blog Post
By Carrie Kerskie, Director of the Identity Fraud Institute Scammers are well aware of the fact that people are prone to typographical errors. Our inability or unwillingness to proofread what we type could lead to great harm. Not physical harm, but harm to our privacy. All due to typosquatting. Typosquatting […]

Watch Out for Typosquatting


Credit Cards
By Carrie Kerskie, director, Identity Fraud Institute at Hodges University While we were preparing for Hurricane Irma, another major story was making the rounds on news channels. That was the announcement that Equifax, one of the three major credit reporting agencies, had experienced a data breach. It was reported that […]

Equifax Breach, What You Need to Know



Protect your privacy with tips from the Identity Fraud Institute at Hodges University
By Carrie Kerskie, Director of the Identity Fraud Institute Gone are the days when a telephone was just a telephone. Today, we use smartphones to help us stay connected, stay on track and find answers to anything from anywhere. In the past, if you wanted to do any of these […]

Important Security Settings for Your Smartphone


Using MySSA to Prevent Identity Theft
By Carrie Kerskie, Director of the Identity Fraud Institute at Hodges University A few years ago, the Social Security Administration (SSA) launched a new program allowing anyone over the age of 18 to set up an online account called MySSA, My Social Security Account. The purpose was to allow consumers […]

Using MySSA to Prevent Identity Theft


Getting to Know You, Understanding Consumer Reports
By Carrie Kerskie, Director of the Identity Fraud Institute at Hodges University One of the greatest misconceptions about identity theft is that you can prevent it by refusing to disclose your personal information. Did you know there are companies whose sole source of revenue is the selling of your information? […]

Getting to Know You, Understanding Consumer Reports



Who is Responsible for Unauthorized Charges in a Bank Account?
By Carrie Kerskie, Director of the Identity Fraud Institute at Hodges University Last week, I received a call from John, an identity theft victim. John told me that someone had purchased more than $100 worth of goods or services from China using his debit card. He stated, he called his […]

Who is Responsible for Unauthorized Charges in a Bank Account?


Credit Score and Identity Theft
By Carrie Kerskie, Director of the Identity Fraud Institute at Hodges University I am so glad you asked. This is probably one of the greatest identity theft myths, besides the one about being able to prevent it. In short, the answer is no. A credit score alone cannot predict or […]

Can My Credit Score be Used to Monitor for Identity ...