The 2014 tax filing deadline is quickly approaching. The last day to submit your tax return is Tuesday, April 15. For you last minute filers, be mindful of tax scams that prey on people who are hastily filing their taxes before the deadline. Protect Your Bubble has compiled some important identity theft facts and protection tips, presented in beautiful infographic format!
Interesting points from the infographic:
- In 2013, the IRS started 1,492 criminal investigations related to identity theft, up 66% from the previous year.
- Identity theft cases related to tax season are up 43% since 2010.
- Since 2012, the IRS has stopped 14.6 million suspicious tax returns.
- Identity Theft cases rise during tax season. Protect Your Bubble data shows that these cases are typically 14% higher in March and 21% higher in April.
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Smartphones have become an integral part of our daily lives. We use them to purchase goods, send out e-mails, interact with others through social media, and make banking decisions on the fly. Thieves, scammers, and phishers who previously targeted PCs have now turned their focus onto mobile devices as users are often careless with the security measures on their smartphones, leaving them vulnerable to malicious activity. Fortunately, there are many ways users can protect themselves and their phones, such as downloading the latest phone security apps and getting cell phone insurance coverage.
The infographic below lists the top 10 most dangerous things people do with their smartphones.
Are you travelling this summer? Protect Your Bubble has created a free infographic on the top cities to be on guard while traveling abroad, the top airports for TSA theft, common ways travelers get robbed and how you can avoid theft while traveling. Come on, let’s travel the world!
The Top 10 Cities to be on Guard
- Barcelona, Spain
- Rome, Italy
- Prague, The Czech Republic
- Madrid, Spain
- Paris, France
- Florence, Italy
- Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Athens, Greece
- Hanoi, Vietnam
Top Airports for TSA Theft
- Miami International Airport
- New York JFK International Airport
- Los Angeles International Airport
- Atlanta Hartsfield – Jackson International Airport
- Las Vegas McCarran International Airport
- Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
- New York – LaGuardia International Airport
- Newark – New Jersey International Airport
- Philadelphia International Airport
- Seattle – Tacoma International Airport
The most common ways travelers get robbed
- ATM scams
- Bus robbers
- Distractions at train stations
- Counterfeit money getting passed off at restaurants
- Fake police officers
5 Ways to Avoid Theft While Traveling
- Leave valuables at home, such as high-end jewelry.
- Avoid using outer storage pockets and try to conceal belongings.
- Lock up your property with TSA locks and stay alert in crowds.
- Don’t let your guard down in your room. Theft occurs in hostels and even up to 5 star hotels.
- Be mindful of scams and watch out for anyone trying to be overly helpful.
These are just some vital information you need to know if you’re traveling this summer. If you’re interested in finding out how you can protect yourself, check out our travel insurance.