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Cyber Liability Risk and Insurance

Posted By Jamie Low CPCU CIC, Low & Johnson, Inc., Wednesday, October 26, 2016
I'm sitting on a panel regarding Cyber Liability this Friday.  It's free at the Burton Barr Library from 10 to 2 pm.  Drinks and snacks provided.  Register at the link below and come on down. 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/city-of-phoenix-protecting-your-business-cyber-security-forum-tickets-28443701878

Tags:  business  business owner  Cyber  data breach  entrepreneur  Internet Marketing  Principal Financial Group  small business  social media 

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Identity Thieves May Be Targeting Your Employees

Posted By Kenyatta Turner, LegalShield Independent Associate, Monday, May 16, 2016

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

By Erin Stubing

 

Most corporate managers are familiar with the scam involving a thief sending a fake bill to a company’s accounts payable department, hoping that the accounting clerk would simply pay the bill without verifying its legitimacy. Thieves can use this simple scam to great effect, often tricking employees into sending money to the fraudster. 

However, the tactics used by data and identity thieves have evolved. Thieves are now targeting employees for bigger payments, as well as sensitive employee data. The thieves’ best ploys look very legitimate and play on the employee’s desire (and requirement) to answer a company executive quickly and with full cooperation. A common scam involves obtaining W-2 data by tricking an employee into thinking the CEO has requested it. This, of course, makes your employee vulnerable to having their identity stolen. 

Tax- or wage-related fraud was the leading form of reported identity theft in 2015, comprising 45% of all consumer complaints reported to the Federal Trade Commission (link opens PDF). W-2 data has been a popular target lately and it is likely due to the ease with which tax return fraud is perpetrated. Forty-five percent of all of the identity theft claims collected by the Federal Trade Commission in 2015 related to tax- or wage-fraud. In fact, there was a 47% increase in the number of identity theft complaints received by the FTC in 2015, and they stated that tax- or wage-fraud was responsible for the bulk of that increase.

To get an idea about how rampant the W-2 scheme is, just perform an internet search on “phishing scams W-2” in order to find multiple news reports about businesses that experienced a W-2 phishing scam.  All types of businesses have been affected: a grocery store chain, financial firms, health care providers, entertainment companies, universities, technology companies and even a concrete supply company.

Human resources and other corporate managers would do well to be vigilant, to help protect their employees' personal information. LegalShield's identity theft partner Kroll has prepared a flyer that outlines how employers can help protect their workers. Download it and share it with your managers!

For more information about LegalShield or IDShield for yourself, your family, your business, or your employees, please contact Kenyatta Turner, Independent Associate at 602-367-1069 or KenyattaTurner@LegalShieldAssociate.com.  Worry Less...Live More!

Tags:  data breach  employee benefits  fraud  human resources  identity theft  kroll  phishing scams  small business  w2 

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JP Morgan Chase Data Breach Hits Half Of U.S.Households

Posted By Mark Wahlstrom, Sequence Media Group, Wednesday, October 8, 2014

http://www.azbiznews.com
JPMorgan Chase last week confirmed that hackers managed to access personal data for more than 83 million customers, including 76 million households and seven million small-business online accounts.

Tags:  arizona news  business  data breach  jp morgan chase  security 

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JP Morgan Chase Data Breach

Posted By Arizona Small Business Association, Tuesday, October 7, 2014

JP Morgan Chase confirms that the data breach effected more than half of all U.S. households. 76 million households and 7 million businesses' information were compromised. The compromised information did not include account numbers, passwords, social security numbers, or dates of birth. Be on alert for phishing emails.

Tags:  chase  data breach  data protection  jp morgan 

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Home Depot Confirms Payment Data System Breach

Posted By Arizona Small Business Association, Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

 

Home Depot confirmed it's payment data systems was hacked. While no evidence proves debit pin numbers were compromised, Home Depot is not holding shoppers responsible for fraudulent charges and are taking extra steps to ensure customer's information privacy. 

Today's ASBA news update has been brought to you by CopperPoint, Arizona's premier provider of workers' compensation insurance.

 

Produced by Sequence Media Group

 

Tags:  asba news  asbanews  data breach  hackers  Home Depot  LifeLock  small biz  small business  Target 

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