Identity Theft and Social Media: Are You at Risk?

by Stacy Tharp 22. July 2015
When you think of social media, the first thing that comes to your mind is probably something along the lines of 100 supposedly different photos of your friend’s newborn baby (just don’t tell your friend that every photo looks the same), or the daily exercise routine of your health-nut coworker, or maybe a YouTube video of the unlikely friendship between a kitten and a bird – you know the one I’m talking about. I bet one thing that doesn’t come to your mind when you... [More]

Spread the Word about Fraud Scams with the FTC’s “Pass It On” Campaign

by Stacy Tharp 11. December 2014
At 1st Mariner, keeping our customers educated about identity theft and other fraud scams is always a top priority. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s educational campaign, Pass It On, takes things a step further. The campaign was created to encourage consumers to not only educate themselves about consumer protection issues, but to pass on the information to others. The campaign is targeted to the older generation since this age group is a common target demographic, and the consequences ... [More]

How Identity Theives Steal Your Information

by Stacy Tharp 12. March 2014
There has been a lot of discussion recently around criminals getting ahold of private information via large-scale corporate data breaches. However, it still remains much easier for identity thieves to steal personal information through social engineering methods. Also known as “people hacking,” social engineering refers to tactics used to manipulate people into giving up their information, often by exploiting their natural tendency to be trustworthy and helpful. It's unfortunate, but... [More]


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