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A RECENT IDENTITY fraud report, by Javelin
Strategy & Research (sponsored by parent
company of Identity Guard, Intersections Inc.),
found that more than 13 million U.S. adults
fell victim to identity fraud in 2013, an
increase of 500,000 from 2012. This is the
greatest increase since the study began 11
The report also found data breaches to
be one of the greatest risk factors, as nearly
one in three consumers who received data-breach notification letters became a victim
of identity fraud.
Intersections Inc. provides these following tips to help consumers protect their personal information.
Think twice before sharing sensitive
information. Exposing common information
like birthdates and addresses puts consumers at greater risk. This information is commonly used by financial institutions for
identity verification to access accounts.
Before providing this information, ask why
it’s needed and how it will be protected.
Be social, but be smart. Social networks are a hotbed for identity fraud activity.
Take extra caution when deciding whom to
connect with and what applications to download. Users who approve friend requests
from strangers and use GPS/location-based
applications are generally more susceptible
Take precautions when using mobile
devices. Online and mobile banking is here
COSTCO MEMBERS are
often surprised to learn
of all the ways Costco
Services can help to
make life easier in
business and personal
matters. The new
MyCostco Services guide offers
DR. MICHAEL BARG and his wife, Mary Jo,
Costco Executive members in Bloomfield
Hills, Michigan, started Michigan Reproductive Medicine in 1998. They used a payroll
service, but the company started making unacceptable mistakes and Mary Jo began looking for another service.
Mary Jo read about Intuit Payroll Services
in The Costco Connection and contacted them.
Intuit offered to set up the service for her but
she wanted to do it herself.
“I wanted to learn all the ins and outs for
myself,” she says.
Mary Jo says it couldn’t have been easier
and she found the Intuit customer support
“terrific.” But the real test was the first quarterly tax filing she had to do for the business.
“It was so easy I thought I did something
wrong,” Mary Jo recalls. “I called Intuit support and they said, ‘No, it’s all correct.” She
couldn’t believe it could be so easy, and the
Intuit support people were always reassuring
In addition to saving money—Mary Jo
estimates they saved more than $4,000 in fees
in 2013 over the old service—they saved a ton
of time because Intuit Payroll Services downloads all the payroll data into QuickBooks
automatically. She doesn’t have to double-check the data, which makes reconciling her
bank statements faster and easier, and she’s
comfortable that all the information is correct.
The Bargs are Costco true believers. They
also order Costco checks for QuickBooks,
rent cars through Costco Travel, have purchased cars through the Costco Auto Program
For their complete story, and more infor-
mation, see the MyCostco Services guide.
Making the most
How may we
a taste of all the services available
to members, including:
; Auto and home insurance
; Personal check printing
; Home and business delivery
of bottled water
; 401(k) plans
; Online investing
And much, much more.
Look for it in Costco warehouses, or
go to Costco.com and click on “Services.”
More than 13 million I.D. theft
victims in 2013
IDENTIT Y THEFT SURVEY
NEW SERVICES GUIDE
to stay, but ensure that your network connec-
tion is secure and your devices have updated
security. Never access your banking informa-
tion through public Wi-Fi. Use your carrier’s
Be an active party in detection.
Use a comprehensive identity protection
service that not only monitors credit
reports, but also scans public records and
online activity for signs of fraudulent use
of personal information.
Act quickly. The sooner victims learn
of the fraud, the sooner recovery can begin,
reducing potential losses. Be alert and report
suspicious activity to your financial institutions and law enforcement.
To learn more about Intersections’
Identity Guard theft protection through
Costco Services, go to Costco.com and
search “ID Guard Protection” or call 1-866-