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Author, speaker and identity theft expert
Carrie Kerskie is a sought-after speaker, trainer and consultant on identity theft, fraud and data breach.
Coming Soon: New Medicare Cards to Help Reduce Fraud Did you know that Medicare beneficiaries are at an increased risk of identity theft since their social security numbers are plainly displayed on their Medicare cards? See how to keep your card safe and how the government is aiming to improve the system.
Important Aspects of the Identity Theft Restoration Process There are a few important steps that you must take after your identity has been compromised, but there are also a couple of roadblocks to avoid and minor details to be aware of when you are going through this process.
Social Media Abuse in Nursing Homes Mobile devices and social media platforms have provided a number of benefits to society, but these tools have also made it easier for unsavory people to exploit vulnerable individuals, such as the elderly and those with dementia. Learn more about this prevalent issue and see how you can prevent your loved one from becoming a victim.
Common Door-to-Door Scams and How to Avoid Them Con artists can more easily manipulate someone in person, so they often approach seniors at home under the guise of offering some kind of service. Learn from these real-life examples and use these tips to avoid falling victim to a scammer.
Identity Monitoring Services: Are They Worth It? Identity theft is a serious issue that everyone is at risk for. Some specialized companies claim to protect their subscribing customers from data breaches and compromised identities, but are they really that effective? Can't you just monitor and safeguard your financial and personal information yourself?
Protect Yourself: Steps to Take After a Data Breach Countless businesses and organizations have been targeted by hackers in recent years. When personal, financial or other account information is leaked, it leaves victims extremely vulnerable to fraud. Use these steps to safeguard your identity and finances.
Doing Things the Old-Fashioned Way Is Still Risky Using snail mail, writing checks, and placing all refuse in the garbage are a few traditional ways of managing finances and household affairs. While these may seem like simple and secure everyday actions, it is important to learn how these things can place you at risk and how to adapt your habits to better protect your identity.
Fake Caller ID: Don't Fall for Spoofing Scams Scammers have adopted a new strategy for manipulating caller ID in order to persuade people to answer. Knowing what kinds of suspicious signs to look for can help you to avoid people calling with shady intentions.
Tips for Mobile Phone Security Many family members are eager to buy the latest gadgets for themselves and their loved ones. However, gifting a smart phone to a senior can leave them open to security breaches. Proper setup and secure use can make all the difference.
How to Protect Yourself from Online Account Take-Overs Online access to accounts is extremely convenient, but electing to forgo such access can leave you vulnerable to criminal activity. Learn how you can safeguard your accounts from fraudsters by using extra security measures.
Steps to Take to Protect a Decedent's Identity After a loved one passes away, they are still susceptible to identity theft and fraudulent activity. However, there are some steps that you can take to ensure that their information does not fall into the wrong hands.
Steps to Take After Falling for a Scam Scammers are talented deceivers. People of all ages can easily find themselves caught in a scammer's trap, and this can be embarrassing as well as detrimental to your financial situation. Learn what you can do after you've taken the bait.
The Deadly Danger of Medical Identity Theft How you can detect medical identity theft and the steps to take if you are a victim of medical identity theft.
Important Deadlines that Could Save You Thousands of Dollars If you don't know these important deadlines for reporting identity theft and stolen credit, ATM or debit cards, you could end up losing thousands of dollars.
How to Talk to Your Parents about Fraud Talking to your aging parents about fraud and their risk of falling prey to a scammer (especially online) is never an easy discussion. Here are some strategies to help you find common ground.
Using Online Account Access to Prevent Fraud Avoiding the Internet won't protect you from fraud. If you do not set up your online accounts you are enabling an identity thief to do it for you.
5 Steps to Take After Clicking on a Phishing Link Scammers can use phishing emails to steal sensitive information. Learn how to protect yourself with these 5 steps to take after clicking on a phishing link.
How to Spot (and Stop) a 'Phishy' Email Fraudsters often use email to obtain important personal information and access their victims' bank accounts. Discover how to spot and stop a phishing email.
How to Get Rid of Junk Mail for Good Stopping junk mail, telemarketing calls, and spam text messages and emails will enable you to more easily identify and avoid scams.
How to Protect Your Credit with a Security Freeze When guarding yourself from identity theft you have two choices: monitor your credit regularly or implement a security freeze. Which option is best for you?
This Simple Step Will Slash an Older Adult's Identity Theft Risk A new online service from the Social Security Administration meant to make beneficiaries' lives easier could also increase their risk of being scammed. Learn how to prevent an older adult from identity theft.
Carrie Kerskie is a highly sought-after speaker, trainer and consultant on the topics of identity theft, fraud and data breach. She appears regularly on WINK News SW Florida as a fraud and identity theft expert. She is also the author of the book, “Your Public Identity; Because Nothing is Private Anymore.”Carrie has presented at over 200 conferences, professional and civic organizational meetings, professional development events and corporate training events. In addition, Carrie is the founder of the Association of Certified Identity Theft Investigators and the creator of the Certified Identity Theft Investigator program.Carrie has been featured on NBC News, Wink News, ABC News and Fox News. In addition, numerous articles have been written by her and published about her in “Gulfshore Business,” Southwest Florida Business Today,” “Gulfshore Life,” “Business Currents,” “PI Magazine,” and “Adverse Witness.” She is a regular contributor to “PI Magazine” and Boomeon.com.Her awards and recognition include:2014 Received a congressional record from Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart2010 American Business Women’s Associations Neapolitan Chapter “Woman of the Year”2009 Harvey R. Morse Founder’s Award for “Outstanding Service” to the Florida Association of Private Investigators and the private investigation industry2009 Gulfshore Business’ “Top 40 Under 40”