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11/13/2018 | Education

Staying Safe Online

A compromised computer can put you at risk for money loss, phishing scams or even complete identity theft. Read on for steps you can take to keep yourself safe online.

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10/23/2018 | Education

Credit Card Fraud in Fives

No one wants to be the victim of credit fraud. Aside from the stolen money you may never recover, victims of fraud can be faced with an enormous hassle. That hassle involves the closing of accounts, putting a fraud alert on your credit and a huge ding on your credit history, which can be difficult to fix. 

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10/18/2018 | Security

Beware the Blackmailing Scam

Blackmail and extortion are some of the oldest tricks in the book — because they work. That’s why a fresh wave of these scams hit the internet last month, ensnaring dozens of victims. Here’s what you need to know about these scams.

How it works

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9/13/2018 | Education

6 Steps for Creating and Keeping Strong Passwords

Your passwords are the keys to your life. And when it feels like there’s another big security breach every week, you want to be sure those passwords are strong and safe. 

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8/16/2018 | Security

Look Before You Pump! Don't Get Skimmed at the Gas Station

Gas-pump skimming is an old crime making a comeback, and your card may be at risk. Since skimmer devices are almost invisible, they can be difficult to spot. And Bluetooth technology lets the scammer remotely obtain the info it collects from as far as 100 yards away.

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8/8/2018 | Education

Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Tokenization: How to Stay Safe With the Wallet of the Future

Left your wallet at home? No worries; you can still pay for those purchases! Just use your phone.

Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and other mobile wallets are revolutionizing the checkout experience by blending two developments in payment infrastructure to save you time: near-field communication (NFC) and token encryption.

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7/20/2018 | Security

All You Need To Know About The Ticketmaster Breach

Hackers are at it again! This time, they're skimming information on third-party sites in what may be the largest credit breach ever.

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7/18/2018 | Security

All You Need to Know About Smishing Scams

Text messaging has come under attack as one of the most vulnerable mediums for identity theft and more. Here’s what you need to know about an SMS message-based scam called “smishing.”

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7/3/2018 | Education

7 Ways to Spot a Loan Scam

Your credit’s trending the wrong way and you’re desperate for a loan. Unfortunately, though, it seems that no reputable institution is willing to work with you – and the few that are offer very unforgiving terms. 

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5/22/2018 | Security

Beware of Social Media Scams

Over the last few years, social media scams have exploded, with fake Twitter and Facebook profiles increasing by 100% in just one year. That also means there are several types of social media scams, most which involve a phishing scheme component.

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4/10/2018 | Finances

Beware of Cryptocurrency Hacks

Cryptocurrency is all the rage. Money you can’t see? Online accounts that aren’t regulated by big banks or even the feds? It has a futuristic feel, and anyone and everyone seems to be buying into the trend.

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3/29/2018 | Security

Medical Identity Theft

Medicare is replacing its old cards with new ones. They contain an 11-digit code instead of a Social Security number. Unfortunately, even though the cards have not yet been issued, scammers are taking advantage of this change. 

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3/21/2018 | Security

Beware of Business Scams

How much would you pay for the opportunity to work from home and earn six figures in less than 90 days?

That’s exactly what the Digital Altitude company promised:

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2/21/2018 | Security

Beware of Intel Patch Scams

Last month, we learned that millions of processors throughout the world were vulnerable to hackers. The problems, known as Spectre and Meltdown, lie within chips of computers and smartphones, making them...

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2/12/2018 | Security

ATM Jackpotting Scam

Jackpotting attacks on ATMs have been spreading through Europe and Asia for quite some time now. Recently, though, Brian Kreps reported that the Secret Service has warned of jackpotting scams hitting the United States.

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1/18/2018 | Security

Phone Cloning and Digital Self Defense

Did you know it’s possible to clone a phone? It involves copying the identity of one phone to another. In fact, in today’s digital world, when we use them for everything from ordering an Uber to paying for purchases, mobile phones can be a major source of security breaches. And as frightening as it sounds, the only thing a hacker needs to launch a major attack is your phone number.

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11/29/2017 | Education

Beware of Banking Scams

There’s been a recent uptick in banking scams where criminals pose as representatives of the victim’s financial institution, thereby obtaining sensitive information. The scammers use the credit union’s social media account or likeness to appear authentic.

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10/23/2017 | Finances

Beware Debt Relief

More than 42 million Americans have student loan debt, with their collective debt topping $1.4 trillion. Unfortunately, these big numbers make student loan debtors excellent targets for scams.

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10/11/2017 | Finances

Updates on the Equifax Breach

It’s been several weeks since the massive Equifax data breach became public knowledge. While there are still more questions than answers, lots of factors have been clarified. Here are some of the most common questions answered so far:

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7/18/2017 | Kids & Money

Beware of Scams! Give Your Kids Tools For Standing Up To Con Artists

The world is a big and beautiful place.

Unfortunately, it is also filled with unethical people who are trying to take advantage of the innocent and the naive at every turn.

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7/11/2017 | Security

Beware Of Fake Checks! 3 Tips To Protect Yourself From The Latest Scam

Personal checks look simple and innocent. Recently, though, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and other agencies have warned about increases in fake check scams.

There are several variations of the scam, and they all end with you losing thousands of dollars.

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7/5/2017 | Security

Summertime in Scam City

Scammers don’t take summers off. 

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6/21/2017 | Security

Home Improvement Scams

Here are some signs you might be working with the wrong person.

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3/30/2017 | Security

Stay Away From These Airbnb Scams

An Airbnb host you were interested in sends you a link to several other properties they have for rent. 

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3/9/2017 | Security

3 Tech Support Scams To Watch Out For

It’s important to be vigilant when browsing, and watch out for these three tech support scams.

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3/1/2017 | Security

Beware Of The Fake Tax Form Scam

Tax season means a paperwork blizzard. 

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2/1/2017 | Security

Beware These Utility Scams

The Department of Consumer Affairs has warned of a new scam targeting utility customers.

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12/12/2016 | Security

Going Away For The Holidays? Don’t Announce It Online Until You’re Back

It’s better to be safe than sorry.

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11/22/2016 | Security

Dealer Auto Finance Scams

We'll talk about what to look for and how to avoid dealer finance scams so you don’t spend too much on your next car.

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11/14/2016 | Security

Watch Out For These Product Recall Scams

A product recall is never pretty

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