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Keeping Score: Credit Score Reporting

​Credit scores are a mystery to many of us. Why does your credit score vary even when your spending behavior is consistent and you’re paying your bills on time every month? And did you know that…

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Keeping Score: Credit Score Reporting
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Package Delivery Scams
November 12, 2018

​You’re on top of it this year. You’ve figured out what holiday gifts to give to your friends, co-workers, and family. You’re ordering on-line, early enough to avoid expensive shipping. You can relax. . . or can you? The sad truth is that…

​You’re on top of it this year. You’ve figured out what holiday gifts to give to your friends, co-workers, and family. You’re ordering on-line, early enough to avoid expensive shipping. You can relax. . . or can you? The sad truth is that…

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Canny Compassion: Avoiding Charitable Donation Scams
October 29, 2018

The holidays are just around the corner, and charities large and small are gearing up fundraising efforts, from “Giving Tuesday” appeals after Thanksgiving to soliciting end-of-year tax deductions. (One study found that a quarter of U.S.…

The holidays are just around the corner, and charities large and small are gearing up fundraising efforts, from “Giving Tuesday” appeals after Thanksgiving to soliciting end-of-year tax deductions. (One study found that a quarter of U.S.…

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Helpful Tips
Scammed on the Road to Love
October 15, 2018

​What is the price of love? Well, if you fall victim to an online dating scam, the price could be your life savings plus a heaping dose of disappointment and humiliation. According to the FBI, confidence frauds and romance scams ensnare more than…

​What is the price of love? Well, if you fall victim to an online dating scam, the price could be your life savings plus a heaping dose of disappointment and humiliation. According to the FBI, confidence frauds and romance scams ensnare more than…

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Spotting Remote Access Scams
October 01, 2018

​Here’s how this scam occurs: you are browsing around the web, working, shopping, or planning a family vacation when suddenly a message pops up on your screen, demanding your immediate attention: WARNING: MALICIOUS VIRUS FOUND ON YOUR COMPUTER!…

​Here’s how this scam occurs: you are browsing around the web, working, shopping, or planning a family vacation when suddenly a message pops up on your screen, demanding your immediate attention: WARNING: MALICIOUS VIRUS FOUND ON YOUR COMPUTER!…

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Keeping Safe When Online Dating Moves Offline
September 28, 2018

​In a recent article we talked about the privacy risks of online dating and some ways to protect your identity while looking for love. The risks change when you find a potential sweetheart and the dating moves offline. That’s when you also need…

​In a recent article we talked about the privacy risks of online dating and some ways to protect your identity while looking for love. The risks change when you find a potential sweetheart and the dating moves offline. That’s when you also need…

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Social Media Savvy for Seniors
September 17, 2018

​Older adults are flocking to social media. A Pew Research survey found that as of 2018, nearly 66% of Americans over 65 are Internet users, and seniors are one of the fastest-growing groups using social networking sites. Sites like Facebook are…

​Older adults are flocking to social media. A Pew Research survey found that as of 2018, nearly 66% of Americans over 65 are Internet users, and seniors are one of the fastest-growing groups using social networking sites. Sites like Facebook are…

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Elderly woman writing a check unaware of the risks of identity theft.
September 07, 2018

​As mid-term elections loom, you’re probably being deluged with political fundraising requests by mail, phone, or online. Grass-roots fundraising is great, but political donation scams abound, and even if the organization itself is legit,…

​As mid-term elections loom, you’re probably being deluged with political fundraising requests by mail, phone, or online. Grass-roots fundraising is great, but political donation scams abound, and even if the organization itself is legit,…

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Angler Phishing Uses Customer Service as Bait
August 27, 2018

​Businesses don’t always live up to expectations, whether it’s your bank botching a transfer or a surly barista messing with your morning latte. These days, social media is important to a business’s brand, so a negative Facebook post,…

​Businesses don’t always live up to expectations, whether it’s your bank botching a transfer or a surly barista messing with your morning latte. These days, social media is important to a business’s brand, so a negative Facebook post,…

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The privacy and identity protection risks of online dating
August 20, 2018

​If you believe online dating advertisements, your perfect romantic match is out there, just waiting for you to connect. What dating sites don’t advertise is all the other risks that might be waiting for you, too. Online dating has the potential…

​If you believe online dating advertisements, your perfect romantic match is out there, just waiting for you to connect. What dating sites don’t advertise is all the other risks that might be waiting for you, too. Online dating has the potential…

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Children going back-to-school, unaware that child identity theft is on the rise.
August 06, 2018

​Yes, “back to school” time has arrived: that time of summer when the school supply sales start, children lament how short summer has been, and parents reflect on how long it’s been. Whether your child is starting kindergarten or heading off…

​Yes, “back to school” time has arrived: that time of summer when the school supply sales start, children lament how short summer has been, and parents reflect on how long it’s been. Whether your child is starting kindergarten or heading off…

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