The Fraud Report: Holiday Scams Edition

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for a lot of people including fraudsters. So, take care this holiday season to protect yourself from these not-so-jolly holiday scams. Pickpockets can Wear Santa Hats too When you are shopping in crowded stores, there is always the threat of pick-pockets and other theft. Keep your wallet … Continue Reading

Four Do’s and Don’ts to Protect Seniors Against Identity Theft

It has been a problem, and it’s getting worse: Seniors are most likely to fall victim to identity theft. People ages 50 and older accounted for nearly half—45 percent—of identity theft complaints, according to the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book. And that number has been increasing, from 38 percent in 2013 and … Continue Reading

Protect Yourself from Identity Theft in 5 Easy Steps

Experiencing Identity Theft is not fun at all, but the good news is, there are simple steps you can take to protect yourself. 1. Shred it, Don’t Forget it. Paper checks can be easy to forget in the age of electronic transfers and debit cards, but they are still legal tender and can put you … Continue Reading

5 Red Flags that You Are About to be Scammed

In today’s world, it’s unfortunate, but identity thieves are all around and they are looking for unsuspecting victims. The good news is, you’ll be ready for them. Watch for these red flags so you’ll know when something isn’t right. 1. You receive a letter that you’ve just won the lottery! Fantastic News! Except that you … Continue Reading

How to Fashionably Protect Yourself from Pickpockets

Criminals don’t wait for you to go on vacation. Pickpockets can strike at the local store during busy back-to-school shopping or at any crowded event. Criminals are very smart and they know to target you when you’re not paying attention or feel safe. These thieves may just be after your cash, or worse, your identity. … Continue Reading

When Mother Nature Attacks: Protecting Personal Information

When a summer storm (or any storm) turns into a more catastrophic event, you undoubtedly have many things to consider. Scammers try to take advantage of this overwhelming time to prey on victims. Taking steps for protecting personal information before such events happen can ease the recovery by knowing your personal information is safe. Survivors of catastrophic … Continue Reading

Phishing: Text Message Scam Targets Apple Users

  No, not that kind of fishing! Text message scams are nothing new, but recently iPhone users have been the target of a new phishing scam. According to The Independent, a news site which covers top stories from around the globe, Apple users are sent a text claiming that their Apple ID is due to … Continue Reading

Don’t Fall For These Common Travel Scams

There’s more to travel than road trips and games, as travelers can be prime targets for scams. To make sure you keep every cent in your pocket, we’ve listed the most common scams to watch out for during travel season. ‘Free’ Wi-Fi: You might think you’re being slick by ‘booting’ free Wi-Fi at the airport, … Continue Reading

Which is More Secure: Filing Taxes Online or on Paper?

When tax season comes around, taxpayers have two options for filing their taxes: paper or electronic filing. While some taxpayers have strong opinions about which one is better for them, an important question to ask is… Which is more secure? With the increase in the risk of identity theft and tax fraud, consumers should be … Continue Reading

Don’t give love a bad name with password sharing

Giving chocolates, flowers or a new scent on Valentine’s Day is a sweet gesture in many relationships, but password sharing is not. It may be one way to prove your love, but it could lead to trouble, including identity theft. Romance in the digital era is beset by a unique set of challenges, as anyone … Continue Reading

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