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Adam Levin

Adam Levin

Adam K. Levin is a consumer advocate with more than 30 years of experience and is a nationally recognized expert on security, privacy, identity theft, fraud, and personal finance. A former director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, Levin is chairman and founder of IDT911 (Identity Theft 911) and chairman and co-founder of Credit.com .

Recent Articles by Adam Levin

How to Avoid Summer Scams

As the weather gets warmer, mosquitos and ticks re-enter our lives, and along with them comes their larger cousin, the scam artist. There are ways to prepare for those seasonal meal stealers. The same goes for scams, as knowledge is the best repellent. Either way, some scams never seem to get old, as evidenced by […]

Is It Time to Buy a Biometric Scanner?

Identity theft is still out there, keeping pace with the latest innovations and security measures and snaring new victims every day. With the advent of cheaper, standalone, easy-to-integrate biometric technology for authentication, is it time to buy a fingerprint scanner? What’s a biometric scanner? Biometric technology uses physical or biological information, like a fingerprint, retinal […]

Be on the Lookout for Tax Scams

Las fall, authorities in India busted nine — yes, nine — bogus IRS call centers, arresting 70 people on suspicion of tricking (and often scaring) Americans into sending money to settle “pressing” but nonexistent tax bills. You receive a call from a purported IRS agent claiming you owe money and must pay it immediately. If you can’t (or don’t) […]

Can Trump Make ‘the Cyber’ Secure?

I have to admit that when now-President Donald Trump uttered the phrase “The Cyber” during the first presidential debate, I was right there with the tech community in the eye-rolling that followed. “The Cyber” memes were born, along with real concern about the then-candidate’s grasp on cybersecurity, and, with the announcement of former New York […]

Be on the Lookout for These 3 Tax Scams

In the early ’60s, Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle hit a remarkable number of home runs — including famous, back-to-back four-baggers that, according to Yogi Berra, were the reason he famously quipped, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” While spring training is still a bit away, we’re in the thick of tax season, where legions […]

Could Alexa Testify Against You?

Have you seen the Geico ad with the talking parrot? A 19th-century ship is boarded, the captain surrounded by pirates. The leader shouts, “Let’s feed him to the sharks,” (pirates cheer and swords are held high) “and take all his gold” (more cheers). The parrot repeats these lines, and adds, “and hide it from the […]

College Freshmen Are Bait for Cyber Sharks

Identity theft and countless other scams often are among the first life lessons learned by newly minted college students. As summer draws to a close, members of the Class of 2020 face an unimaginable number of potential pitfalls. Be prepared to meet the specific challenges ahead. Most incoming college students, at some point, will find […]

3 Money Mistakes Newlyweds Make

Being a newlywed is awesome. I reflect on that season of my life as one filled with joy and anticipation. Sure, that first year of marriage was full of challenges, enormous adjustments and unexpected changes, but on the whole it was great. We found such relief in finally being married and out of engagement. Engagement […]

ID Theft: A Danger Even After Death

Take your driver’s license out of your wallet. Flip it over. Now look carefully at the back of it. There’s no box to check for “identity donor.” Yet when it comes to identity-related crimes, one of the greatest times of vulnerability is immediately after you die. You can do everything right. You can use long […]

Identity Theft Can Be Double Whammy

When it comes to data security and the real-life impact of identity theft, public awareness is at an all-time high. But there is still great confusion and ignorance about what it is, how it happens and what can be done to avoid the pitfalls of life after a data breach or personal compromise. Most of […]

No Vaccine for Social Media Theft

Whether you are new to college, single and dating or newly divorced (because you panicked and confessed when news of the Ashley Madison hack hit the media), I’ll bet there is at least one socially transmitted disease you haven’t started worrying about: identity theft. If you use Facebook, you’re making easy work for identity thieves. […]

Unclaimed Funds Can Lead to Data Breaches

When it comes to privacy, not all states are alike. This was confirmed yet again in the 50 State Compendium of Unclaimed Property Practices we compiled. The compendium ranks the amount of personal data that state treasuries expose during the process by which individuals can collect unclaimed funds. The data exposed can provide fraudsters with […]

Data Breach Law Could Hurt Consumers

With each passing brand name mega-breach—Home Depot, Target, JPMorgan Chase, Anthem—it becomes ever more urgent for government and industry to get on the same page about how to protect consumers. Sadly, not all laws are created equal, and there are few better examples of this homespun truth than a would-be federal law currently wending its […]

How the Sony Hack Should Affect You

In the past two years have revealed anything, it’s that every conceivable mode of communication comes with its share of serious privacy and security issues. Email can be hijacked, mail servers can be breached and malware can turn your smartphone into a peepshow. Wikileaks revealed that even our phone conversations are at risk. That said, […]

Questions on Massive Government Hack

True or false? There was no way the Office of Personnel Management could have prevented hackers from stealing the sensitive personal information of 4.1 million federal employees, past and present. If you guessed “False,” you’d be wrong. If you guessed, “True,” you’d also be wrong. The correct response is: “Ask a different question.” Serious data […]

The New Cyberthreat You Face at Work

The latest greatest swindlers in the cybercrime racket know you’re onto their digital three-card monte, and they’ve made a few adjustments, putting yet another wrinkle in the corporate-hacking game by targeting top-level employees for major profits. These hackers appear to be based in North America or Western Europe, and they know a great deal about […]

Social Security Numbers Are Dead

I am a senior citizen. While this distinction entitles me to a variety of perks like discounted movies and bus fare – as well as the occasional free doughnut (seriously) — it’s also a ticket to the identity theft lottery. Turning 50 gets you an invitation to AARP, and turning 65 gets you a Medicare […]

‘Safer’ Credit Cards Already Vulnerable

A recent Gallup survey found that 69% of Americans worry “frequently” or “occasionally” about having a credit card compromised by computer hackers. It’s not shocking. Consumers are becoming more educated on the topic, and financial institutions are beginning to do more to combat fraud, including introducing new types of credit cards. One example of the […]

It’s Time for a Data Breach Warning Label

The breach at Home Depot is only the most recent in a torrent of high-profile data compromises. Data and identity-related crimes are at record levels. Consumers are in uncharted territory, which raises a question: Is it time to do for data breaches and cybersecurity what the nutritional label did for food? I believe we need […]

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