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Your identity could be stolen…by a family member

Most of us have heard about the long list of breaches at big companies like Target, and even the Internal Revenue Service in recent months, but you might not be aware there's a growing problem of identity theft being committed by people you know and trust.

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A new bill could protect consumers who are victims of identity theft and data breaches. (Medioimages/Photodisc, ThinkStock)
A new bill could protect consumers who are victims of identity theft and data breaches. (Medioimages/Photodisc, ThinkStock)
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Bill would protect victims of ID theft, data breaches

As computer breaches at major banks and retailers increase with alarming frequency, one New Jersey legislator is seeking to create a law stating that if you're a victim of identity theft and you can legally verify your information, collection agencies would be forced to stop hounding you to pay debts you do not owe.

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Limiting access to your personal information

Lost between Gov. Christie's presidential campaign and the state budget drama was the passage of a bill designed to put strict limits on the information NJ companies can collect when they scan a driver's license or credit card.

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Theft protection – Did your credit card get its makeover?

There's an October deadline to get microchip-enabled credit cards into the hands of all U.S. cardholders, but a new survey suggests the industry is lagging in its attempt to reach the new standard.

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Survey: NJ residents worried about identity theft

Have you been a victim of identity theft? If not, do you know someone who has been?

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Bill to protect consumers against data breaches advances

A group of New Jersey lawmakers said recent data breaches at Staples, Home Depot, Target and more have exposed a glaring loophole in the state's identify theft laws that they want to close.

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Nigerian Man Pleads Guilty to Fraud

A Nigerian man has admitted his role in a computer hacking and identity theft scheme that defrauded vendors out of nearly $1 million in office products.

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Expert: Expect Your Financial Data to Be Hacked [AUDIO]

If you use a credit or debit card and think your personal information is safe from a big company breach, think again.

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Register Skimmers Could Be Stealing Your Info [AUDIO]

For less than 50 bucks, scammers are purchasing a product that has the ability to latch onto a store's data channel and steal customers' personal information.

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Social Media: A Scammer’s Dream [AUDIO]

More than half of consumers admit to sharing personal information through social media that can make them victims of identity theft and other scams, according to a new survey from Visa.

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