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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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Real Estate Scams: Buying a House
June 11, 2017

Buying a home is a stressful experience! It’s the largest purchase that most of us will ever make, usually with a huge chunk of our life savings on the line. If you’re shopping in a “hot” market, the additional pressure of making quick…

Buying a home is a stressful experience! It’s the largest purchase that most of us will ever make, usually with a huge chunk of our life savings on the line. If you’re shopping in a “hot” market, the additional pressure of making quick…

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charging station data security
May 21, 2017

We’ve all been there. You’re out and about when you realize the battery on your mobile device is almost empty. You don’t have a charger with you, but wait! . . . You spy a free charging station with built-in USB chargers. Perfect! Or is…

We’ve all been there. You’re out and about when you realize the battery on your mobile device is almost empty. You don’t have a charger with you, but wait! . . . You spy a free charging station with built-in USB chargers. Perfect! Or is…

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April 19, 2017

A guest post by Eva Velasquez, CEO, Identity Theft Resource Center The IRS will begin using four private debt collection firms to recover unpaid taxes, but only after multiple written communications over the course of several years. For years,…

A guest post by Eva Velasquez, CEO, Identity Theft Resource Center The IRS will begin using four private debt collection firms to recover unpaid taxes, but only after multiple written communications over the course of several years. For years,…

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