March 6th, 2013
Up to this point, all of our National Consumer Protection Week blog posts here at the Credit Karma Blog have covered ways to help protect you. First, we mentioned some ways to keep your money safe. Then, we discussed how to spot and avoid credit repair scams. Finally, we shared some good ways to protect your credit.
This post is going to be a little different. And we sincerely hope you won’t need to read it, because today we’re going to talk about what to do if you’re a victim of identity theft.
If you’re experiencing identity theft, the best advice we can give is to work quickly. The quicker you work to remedy the situation, the better.
It’s possible your identity has been stolen and you don’t even know about it. So we’re first going to go over some ways to tell if you’re a victim of identity theft. Then, we’ll discuss the steps you need to take to prevent further abuse.
How to Tell if You’re a Victim of Identity Theft
There are usually some telltale warning signs that your identity has been stolen. Watch out for the following red flags:
March 5th, 2013
So far for National Consumer Protection Week we've covered 4 Ways to Keep Your Money Safe and How to Spot and Avoid Credit Repair Scams. Today we’re talking about what you can do to protect your credit from things like fraud and errors. Read on for five of our best tips.
October 15th, 2012
When I started college, the internet wasn't the machine it is today. You couldn't apply for a credit card online. It could only be done over the phone, via snail mail or on a college campus, where credit card companies would set up tables and advertise to new, wide-eyed college students. Sure enough, I was one of those new college students who knew nothing about credit cards, and I applied for my very first card.
September 19th, 2012
Facebook connects more than 800 million people across the globe. But the world’s largest social network can sometimes leave users wondering if their connections are putting their security at risk. There are strategies you can take to limit your vulnerabilities to a burglary or theft. By using sound judgment and enabling Facebook’s advanced security layers, you can better protect your privacy and limit what others see and know about you—particularly those unsavory types. Follow these five tips to stay safe on Facebook and other social media sites:
September 7th, 2012
The experts always advise that you check your credit reports regularly because you never know when someone may steal your identity or the credit bureau messed something up on your report. The statistics are not on our side.
May 2nd, 2012
You might think it can’t happen to you, but it happened to 11.6 million American adults last year alone. In 2011, reports of identity fraud were up 13 percent from 2010. This increase might have you wondering if you should start paying for identity theft insurance. But is it worth it? Let’s take a look at the ins and outs of identity theft insurance.
April 27th, 2012
Credit Karma’s brand-new free credit monitoring is, by far, our most popular feature (after free credit scores, of course!). Announced in January of 2012, daily credit monitoring can help you protect your credit and identity. And best of all, it’s free at Credit Karma.
March 30th, 2012
Here at Credit Karma, we value our members’ security above all else. We recognize that consumers are concerned about their safety and the safety of their personal information, which is why we take every measure to ensure security.
February 29th, 2012
What I Learned From Being Hacked. "A few weeks ago, my wife and I both found ourselves on the bad end of some outgoing e-mails. Both of our primary personal accounts had been hacked. It was about as mild of a hack as you could ask for. Everybody on our address lists received a spammy type email from us. The e-mails actually came from the account as they were in our sent folder. We both got alerted as we saw messages from each other arrive, followed by a slew of ‘undeliverable’ messages for address book entries that were out of date." Money Beagle
February 16th, 2012
our little bundle of joy could start life off deeply in debt and you might not even know it. Some lenders require a social security number with a clean credit history but don’t necessarily check that the borrower’s name matches the number, so thieves can get away with using social security numbers that aren’t assigned to anyone at all.