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Adam Levin
Adam K. Levin is a consumer advocate with more than 30 years experience in personal finance, privacy, real estate and government service. A former director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, Levin is Chairman and founder of Identity Theft 911, Chairman and co-founder of and serves as a spokesperson for both companies.

Entries by Adam Levin

What We Could Have Done With the $5.8 Billion the Government Lost to Tax ID Theft

(11) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 8:17 AM

Imagine you were President, or Speaker of the House, and one day you woke up and discovered that you had an extra $5.8 billion dollars to spend. What would you do with the cash? A new aircraft carrier (or half of one, anyway)? Perhaps a couple of bridges to somewhere...

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Was This Billion-Dollar Bank Heist Preventable?

(7) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 8:15 AM

A funny thing happened on the way to the ATM (and depending on who you believe, may still be happening). Scratch that. For the lucky few at the right place at the right time, an awesome thing has been happening: ATMs randomly coughing up cash -- and a lot of...

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Are You Your Own Worst Enemy When It Comes to Identity Theft?

(3) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 8:34 AM

The other day a reporter asked me who's to blame for the growing epidemic of identity-related tax fraud. I almost replied, "the government and the bad guys," but I caught myself before committing to that inaccuracy. "We're all to blame," I said.

I believe that breaches, and the identity theft...

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Your Anonymous Credit Card Data Isn't So Anonymous

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 6:48 AM

A recent report in Science Magazine revealed the soft underbelly of what was once considered a well-armored use of "anonymized" consumer information. The study's authors were able to successfully identify consumers based on several anonymized data sets -- specifically, their credit card purchases.

Using purchase metadata with...

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The Simple Email Trick that Identity Thieves Hate

(37) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 7:54 AM

"Having two identities for yourself is an example of a lack of integrity," Mark Zuckerberg proclaimed in The Facebook Effect. Easy for him to say. Facebook has made a mint on data integrity--your personal information yoked to likes and dislikes sold to the highest bidder. But here's some bad news...

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Should Banks Be Allowed to Robocall Your Mobile Phone?

(6) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 5:49 AM

According to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, it's illegal to robocall a mobile phone number without permission. The American Bankers Association wants to change that, arguing that robocalls will help fight identity theft and other kinds of fraud. Opponents say that's an overreach, one that...

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Obama's Cybersecurity Plan: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

(4) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 8:35 AM

"If we're going to be connected, then we need to be protected," President Obama proclaimed at the Federal Trade Commission on Monday. In wide-ranging remarks, the president expressed what should be a self-evident truth, but is not yet a reality...

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It's Tax Season. Do You Know Where Your Mail Is?

(1) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 8:30 AM

During the holiday season a missed or stolen package can be aggravating, which is doubtless why you eagerly watched for deliveries all December, calling the nanosecond you suspected a problem. Unfortunately, many employers don't send tracking numbers when the packet of vital documents marked "Important Tax Information Enclosed" hits the...

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How the Sony Hack Is Changing the Way I Work

(2) Comments | Posted January 1, 2015 | 12:10 PM

If 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...

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Is Your Christmas Present Spying on You?

(6) Comments | Posted December 24, 2014 | 11:35 PM

T'was the night after Christmas, when all through the house

Every stripe of device with no need of a mouse

Sent oodles of data to that Cloud in the Air

While their owners slept soundly, with nary a care...

When it comes to gifts from the

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As lições mais importantes a se tirar da invasão da Sony

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 12:32 PM

Angelina Jolie podia estar muito irritada quando encontrou Amy Pascal, da Sony, na semana passada, depois que o grupo de hackers Guardians of Peace (Guardiões da Paz) vazou o e-mail da vice-presidente criticando a estrela de Malévola. Mas, enquanto a fofoca come solta e os assessores de imprensa fazem o...

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The Most Important Lessons You Can Learn From the Sony Hack

(10) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 7:42 AM

Angelina Jolie may have been all thorns when she ran into Sony's Amy Pascal last week after the hacker group Guardians of Peace leaked the co-chair's email rant about the Maleficent star, but while the gossip mill grinds and the spin doctors do their best to stop the...

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5 Big Privacy Predictions for 2015

(2) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 9:08 AM

It seems like there were more companies that had privacy-related problems in 2014 than didn't. And the lucky ones that didn't "get got" were separated by only one or two degrees from those that did. As we look ahead to 2015, I see a mix of old privacy concerns along...

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Colleague or Criminal? The Sneaky New Cyberthreat You Face at Work

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 5:37 AM

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...

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I Ate Thanksgiving Dinner With My Identity Thief for 19 Years

(16) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 8:00 AM

Nineteen a minute: That's how quickly people become identity theft victims in the U.S. Estimates vary, but somewhere between 10 and 16 million Americans are defrauded each year in this way. Thanksgiving can be an awkward time of year for some victims, since family members account for more...

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73,000 Webcams Are Open to Peeping Toms -- Is Yours?

(13) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 8:34 AM

If the past year has taught consumers anything, it's that identity thieves, fraudsters and scammers are on the prowl, going after any information they can use to make a buck. But the intrusions don't stop there.

If the thought of being the unwitting star of your own prime time...

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The Holiday Shopping Danger You Won't See Coming

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 7:31 AM

Around this time last year, cybercrime went mainstream with Target's announcement that the credit and debit card accounts of 40 million shoppers were nabbed during the height of the holiday shopping season. Worse, the personally identifiable information of 70...

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It's 10 p.m. Do You Know Where Your Social Security Number Is?

(1) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 8:24 AM

Your Social Security number is a skeleton key in the hands of an identity thief, but it's not just about money. Those nine digits are used in too many transactions to enumerate, and because of that, there are plenty of opportunities for them to fall into the wrong hands.


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Here's How the New Chip-and-PIN Credit Cards Could Be DOA

(4) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 9:10 AM

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...

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This Election Year's Darwin Award Goes to the Folks Behind This Political Mailer

(3) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 12:00 PM

Did you hear the one about the Kentucky GOP candidate who asked his attorney general to investigate the state Democratic Party for allegedly sending out his Social Security number to thousands of constituents? Sorry to say, there's no punch line here, because according to recent reports, it actually...

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