Security Quick Tips

If you have read my blog for any length of time, you know that I love quick tips. Information that is easy to digest, relevant, and fast is always beneficial in my book. 5 easy tips Security should always be...

/ August 20, 2020

Synthetic ID Fraud – manipulation of information

Recently, I’ve written a lot about your information being used fraudulently. Next, I want to talk about synthetic ID fraud – or fraud where a fake identity is created using all or some fake information. What is Synthetic ID Fraud?...

/ July 23, 2020

Your information and Unemployment Benefit Fraud

Criminals and fraudsters are employing their fraud tactics again, this time by using innocent Americans’ information. Welcome to Unemployment Benefit Fraud – a new tactic where online criminals use your information to apply for unemployment benefits, usually in other states....

/ July 6, 2020

Disputing credit report entries

Recently, I wrote an article on enhancements to the free annual credit check. Now that you have checked your credit, consider this example: Bob checks his credit and finds that he is listed as a secondary applicant on a home...

/ June 24, 2020

Enhancements to the Free Credit Check

Checking your credit is paramount to protecting your identity. Checking your credit allows you to see if there have been any fraudulent charges using your personally identifiable information, or PII. Legislation has been in place for years to allow free...

/ June 11, 2020

How your business can avoid PPP scams

PPP loans have been rolling out since early April, with intermittent gaps related to funding of the program. Scammers, however, have been in full force since COVID-19 first hit the news. Businesses and consumers both have found themselves in the...

/ May 13, 2020

Coronavirus scams, part 2: PPP fraud

Scammers and cyber criminals are in full force hoping to cash in on the recent Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and, Economic Security Act (CARES) act. The internet is rife with articles and blog posts telling...

/ April 14, 2020

Avoid coronavirus (COVID-19) scams

Scammers and cyber criminals are now emerging hoping to prey on fears amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. What can you do to avoid these scams? Be wary of unsolicited offers of cures, free tests and other emails. Scammers often try...

/ March 16, 2020

How to protect your identity after a disaster

I have received several calls over the past few days about how to protect your identity after a disaster. Many people’s homes have been damaged, or even destroyed, and their sensitive information may have been displaced due to the storms....

/ March 12, 2020

IRS launches Identity Theft Central

Last month I wrote about free Identity Protection.  Any current customer with a Wilson Bank & Trust debit card can enroll today to get free ID protection through Mastercard. In preparation for the upcoming tax season, and subsequent identity theft...

/ March 2, 2020