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Carrie Kerskie Show
42 minutes | a day ago
Why Identity Theft Increased in 2020, guest Eva Velasquez, ITRC
The pandemic brought about many changes in 2020. One change was the increase in identity theft. Yet, reported data breaches declined. Why? Find out the answer to this question and more in this episode. Special guest: Eva Velasquez, CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center. Topics: Who is the Identity Theft Resource Center and what do they do The 2020 Data breach report results – why the decline in data breaches What led to the increase in fraudulent unemployment claims using the ID of another What to do if someone used your identity to file a PPP or EIDL disaster loan 2020 Aftermath Study – why the increase in suicidal thoughts by ID theft victims Concern for cutbacks in government funding for victim assistance programs Two important tips to protect yourself The most important thing to do if you are tricked by a scam If you are a victim and need help, Kerskie Group’s ID Rescue is here to help. https://kerskie.com Resources: https://www.idtheftcenter.org/
27 minutes | 9 days ago
How to Protect Your Devices – Tips from an IT Pro
Where do you go to find out the best way to protect your devices?? An IT Pro, of course. In this episode I chat with Dennis DiGiacomo, MDP Studios, about the threats he is seeing and simple steps us non-tech folks can take to protect our devices. Notice I didn’t say computers or smartphones? That’s because nearly everything we use today is connected to the internet. Devices now include your home security, TV’s, speakers, vehicles, and even dishwashers. You won’t want to miss this episode. BONUS: check out the guest blog post by Dennis on Keeping Cybercriminals Out of Your Money https://carriekerskie.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1597&action=edit Visit MDP Studios at https://mdpstudios.net/
11 minutes | 15 days ago
How one community is protecting seniors from fraud and scams
Seniors are targets for all types of scams. Jeff Cory, Executive Director, Legacy Foundation at Shell Point, shares with us the types of scams targeting their residents and what they are doing to stop it. Learn more about Shell Point Retirement Community at https://www.shellpoint.org/
24 minutes | 23 days ago
Fighting identity theft and cybercrimes – a law enforcement perspective
When someone becomes a victim, they call the police. Identity theft and cyber crime victims often complain that the police “did nothing.” Is that true? In this episode, you will hear directly from Sgt. Brian Sawyer on law enforcement’s role in fighting identity theft, fraud, and cyber crimes. Plus, he shares information on the latest threat trends and advice to protect yourself. Topics: Community engagement Current trends Pandemic related threats Law enforcement’s role in investigating identity theft Resources: Collier County Sheriff’s Office website https://www.colliersheriff.org/ Follow them on twitter
15 minutes | a month ago
How to Prevent Tax Return Identity Theft
Don't let a bad guy file a tax return using your information. Stop them with this one free tool. Otherwise, your refund could be delayed. In this episode we explore: What is tax return identity theft How it can negatively impact you One FREE tool to protect yourself How to get it What do expect if you already have it IRS.gov
17 minutes | a month ago
Instagram updated their terms. Find out what private information they can now access.
Do you use Instagram? If so, this episode is for YOU! Instagram updated their terms in December 2020, giving them more access and you less privacy. They can access your device, the information on it, and more. Overreach is an understatement. To access the document click this link. Then click on "Data Privacy"
4 minutes | 2 months ago
"This Looks Like You" Facebook messenger scam
Don't let your curiosity get you hacked. Learn about the "this looks like you" Facebook scam. Show notes and step by step instruction available at https://carriekerskie.com/this-looks-like-you-facebook-scam
4 minutes | 2 months ago
Why I changed my mind about password managers
I wasn't a fan of password managers, until recently. Find out what changed my mind and why you should consider a password manager too. Show notes available at https://carriekerskie.com/changed-mind-about-password-managers
3 minutes | 2 months ago
Worst Passwords of 2020, did yours make the list?
Passwords were meant to protect your online accounts. If your passwords are on the naughty list, you are at risk. Get the show notes and resources at https://carriekerskie.com/worst-passwords-of-2020
6 minutes | 3 months ago
One question to ask BEFORE posting photos online
Are you a pic-poster? Do you share your photos online? If so, this episode is for you. Listen to this episode to learn about the risk and one simple question to ask yourself BEFORE posting photos online. Your friends, family, and your future self will thank you!!
11 minutes | 3 months ago
Robocalls are a pain in the arse. Hear what one phone carrier is doing to help stop scammers in their tracks. Guest: Steve Carlson of T-Mobile. To learn more visit TMobile.com
13 minutes | 3 months ago
10 Online Holiday Shopping Tips to Protect Your Identity
Holiday shopping season is upon us. Bad guys are ready and waiting. Listen to this episode to learn ten tips to protect your identity and your wallet while holiday shopping online. If you like what you hear, I would be grateful if you would leave me a review. Thanks.
10 minutes | 4 months ago
Do THIS to create strong Security Question Answers
Security questions were created to protect your online accounts from unauthorized access. But, how you answer them determines their effectiveness. Learn this one simple trick for creating STRONG security question answers to protect your accounts. Want more great tips? Visit CarrieKerskie.com to join my email list.
7 minutes | 4 months ago
Stolen identies used on PPP & EIDL applications
Did you receive a letter from the SBA regarding your PPP or EIDL loan? If could be a victim of identity fraud. In this episode: What is PPP & EIDL How bad guys exploited them Both personal and business victimized What to do if you are a victim
5 minutes | 5 months ago
Use PayPal? Watch out for this scam!
PayPal is a convenient way to send and receive money. It also helps you protect your financial information from sellers. But, if you are not careful, you could end up giving bad guys access to your account. Stay tuned to learn about a new PayPal phishing email scam. Show notes available at
5 minutes | 5 months ago
Use Amazon? Watch out for this phone scam!
The phone rings, it’s a representative from Amazon asking you to verify your purchase. Your callerID displays Amazon. You don’t remember recently making a purchase from Amazon. Could you be a victim of identity fraud or did someone hack your Amazon account? Tune in to this episode to find out.
12 minutes | 5 months ago
WFH cybersecurity tips from guest John Benkert
Many of us are now working remotely from home or our children are attending school online. Cyber criminals have ramped up their game to take advantage of the situation. My guest today, John Benkert of Cigent, offers tips to protect yourself from cyber threats. Resources: Cigent https://www.cigent.com/ CPR Tools https://www.cprtools.com/ Mention this podcast to save 15% of CPR Tool services
14 minutes | 5 months ago
Data destruction and recovery tips with John Benkert
We all have a box of old devices. We no longer need them, but we keep them because our information is on them. Or what do you do when you accidentally drop your phone in water or your harddrive unexpectedly crashes? How do you get your data off the device? Today’s episode is for you. My guest, John Benkert, the leading data destruction and recovery expert, will answer these and more. Episode key takeaways What Hollywood gets right and wrong about data destruction How to safely remove your data before discarding your old device How to recover your data if something should go wrong Steps to take to protect your data from the unexpected Resources http://www.cprtools.com/services/ Say you heard about it on the Carrie Kerskie Show to save 15%
8 minutes | 6 months ago
The #1 reason an account PIN won’t protect you from identity theft
Account PINs were created to protect your accounts from identity thieves. Then why have I worked with many victims that, despite having a PIN on their accounts, lost thousands of dollars? Don't let this happen to you! Learn the one simple mistake they made so you do not make the same mistake.
11 minutes | 6 months ago
Things to consider before hiring an identity theft attorney
When you become a victim of identity theft, you might think you need to hire an attorney. I have worked with many victims that hired me to clean up the damage done by their attorney. Before hiring an attorney, listen to this episode. Episode Takeaways Client 1: Bad advice Client 2: Lost opportunity equals lost money Client 3: Malpractice or misinformed Who to hire if you need help? 6 questions to before hiring an identity theft attorney 5 things to consider before hiring an identity theft attorney Are you a victim and need help? Contact Kerskie Group at 239-435-9111 to schedule a free 30-minute case review.
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