Thursday, June 4, 2020

SUBSCRIPTIONS

Moab, UT

79.2 F
Moab
More

    Extension: How to protect yourself from financial fraud

    Featured Stories

    Ignoring own standards and experts, Utah commission pushes reopening

    The COVID-19 model from the CDC predicts an increase in deaths from the coronavirus from Utah in the coming weeks, and key indicators predict more hospitalizations are to come.

    Leaving Guatemala

    I selected “send me where I’m needed most,” my desire to immerse myself in another country’s culture not affixed to any location in particular.

    Widespread testing is key to Moab’s path forward

    Once a person develops symptoms of COVID-19, it has likely already been days since they started unknowingly spreading the virus. As such, local health officials want to expand testing locally for the coronavirus.

    County to diversify post-virus

    The impacts of the pandemic have renewed local leaders’ focus on a topic many have worried over for years but must now confront in much starker terms: Economic diversification.

    Arches, Canyonlands to reopen May 29

    Arches and Canyonlands national parks will partially reopen to the public at the end of the month, according to a spokesperson for the parks, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local public health authorities.

    The party is over at Imagination Station art supply store

    Cindy Sue Hunter serves a customer at her art supply store, Imagination Station, which has been reconfigured to allow shoppers to do what Hunter calls “door shopping."
    Submitted
    Submitted
    Public submissions to The Times-Independent can range from press releases to obituaries to feature stories and news. All submissions are subject to editorial review and approval.

    There has been extensive reporting in recent news about data breaches, cyber security, stolen Social Security numbers, identity theft, fraud, scams, credit monitoring services, credit reports, credit scores, etc. It can be tricky to navigate, so here’s a condensed version:

    The Federal Trade Commission announced that Equifax has agreed to pay up to $700 million to settle the lawsuit from their September 2017 data breach that exposed personal information of 147 million people.

    The FTC reminds the public to be wary of scammers calling, emailing and setting up fake websites claiming to be related to the Equifax data breach in an attempt to get your personal information and/or collect a payment.

    Capital One announced their data breach has exposed the personal information of 106 million of its credit card customers and applicants in the U.S. and Canada. Scammers are calling and pretending to be the Social Security Administration, telling people their Social Security numbers have been suspended. They then ask people to confirm their number and/or send money in order to “reactivate” it.

    Whether or not you were affected by a data breach or scam, be proactive about monitoring your personal credit information. Now is a great time to check your credit report, free of charge, using www.annualcreditreport.com.

    Here’s why it’s so important and tips for doing it: You and your spouse (if applicable) are allowed one free credit report per year from each of the three credit reporting bureaus. So, to keep tabs on your credit all year long, you can pull one report every two months. You can set reminders on your cell phone.

    For example: January = My Experian report; March = Husband’s Experian report; May = My Transunion report; July = Husband’s Transunion report; September = My Equifax report; November = Husband’s Equifax report.

    This helps us keep tabs on our personal and shared accounts, monitor for fraud and correct any errors.

    Keep in mind – the data breach is a frenzy for scammers who will call, text, email and create fake websites pretending to be credit monitoring companies that can help “protect you” for a fee. Just remember, a legitimate site will not ask for a credit card number or your full Social Security number. Equifax will ask for the last six digits of your social security number and your last name to tell you whether or not your information was compromised. Sign up for free credit monitoring available to victims of these data breaches. Also, know that the government will never call you to ask you to confirm your Social Security number. If you are contacted, hang up and report it to the FTC at: www.ftc.gov/complaint.

    Contact Christensen at (801) 829-3472 or email at Amanda.christensen@usu.edu.

    Share this!

    - Advertisement -

    Latest News

    Against local officials’ request, gov. allows Moab lodgings to fully reopen

    Grand County asked to keep hotel capacities limited. The state overruled local elected and health officials, instead further lifting restrictions on the county.

    City cuts jobs to bridge huge tax loss

    These steps are in addition to cuts made March 13 when 60 part-time employees were terminated.

    Youth spots fire, alerts authorities

    "They (firefighters) figured out where the fire was coming from … it started with a cigarette.”

    Broken bones in Left Hand

    All but one of the injuries involved jumping from rocks into a shallow pool at the base of a waterfall.

    Employment data confirms Grand is among worst hit in state

    The figures confirm earlier estimates that roughly one in five to one in six jobs in Grand County have been lost to COVID-19.