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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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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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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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How to Choose Between Credit Freezes and Credit Locks
March 23, 2018

​Since the Equifax data breach last fall, Americans have become more familiar with credit freezes and fraud alerts than they ever wanted to be. Now, to add to the confusion, the three major credit bureaus are pushing yet another credit report…

​Since the Equifax data breach last fall, Americans have become more familiar with credit freezes and fraud alerts than they ever wanted to be. Now, to add to the confusion, the three major credit bureaus are pushing yet another credit report…

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Avoiding Tax Preparer Scams
January 16, 2018

Tax season is upon us, and we hope you plan to stay ahead of identity thieves by filling your taxes early. However, you should be careful who you trust with your tax information, because the wrong move could net you problems with the IRS!​ On its…

Tax season is upon us, and we hope you plan to stay ahead of identity thieves by filling your taxes early. However, you should be careful who you trust with your tax information, because the wrong move could net you problems with the IRS!​ On its…

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Capitalizing on Disaster: FEMA Scams
December 01, 2017

​People love to talk about the weather, but when extreme weather takes its toll on U.S. citizens, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) does more than talk. FEMA responded to 51 major disasters in 24 States and two U.S. territories…

​People love to talk about the weather, but when extreme weather takes its toll on U.S. citizens, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) does more than talk. FEMA responded to 51 major disasters in 24 States and two U.S. territories…

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October 15, 2017

Job hunting is now a digital process, and like anything digital, it’s become a target for hackers and scammers. Because the millennial generation is now the largest part of the workforce, they have become the prime targets of these criminals, so…

Job hunting is now a digital process, and like anything digital, it’s become a target for hackers and scammers. Because the millennial generation is now the largest part of the workforce, they have become the prime targets of these criminals, so…

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Scams for free services
September 10, 2017

The internet has created business opportunities for many people, from selling collectibles on eBay to blogging for fun and profit. However, some enterprising scammers are making money charging people for information that’s available to anyone –…

The internet has created business opportunities for many people, from selling collectibles on eBay to blogging for fun and profit. However, some enterprising scammers are making money charging people for information that’s available to anyone –…

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September 07, 2017

A guest post by Eva Velasquez, CEO, Identity Theft Resource Center There’s nothing in the world quite like the love of a grandparent…and scammers are counting on that. There have been so many reports in recent years that one particularly…

A guest post by Eva Velasquez, CEO, Identity Theft Resource Center There’s nothing in the world quite like the love of a grandparent…and scammers are counting on that. There have been so many reports in recent years that one particularly…

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