Yes, You Still Need To Be on the Lookout for Tax Scams

Identity Theft

Yes, You Still Need To Be on the Lookout for Tax Scams

Yes, You Still Need To Be on the Lookout for Tax Scams

You may have easily missed a major piece of news that broke last week amid the media-feeding frenzy generated by the release of Donald Trump’s “Access Hollywood” tapes and Hillary Clinton’s Wikileaked Wall Street speeches. Authorities in India busted nine — yes, nine — bogus IRS call centers, arresting 70 people on suspicion of tricking (and often scaring)... Read More

3 Things That Make You More Likely to Be a Fraud Victim

Identity Theft

3 Things That Make You More Likely to Be a Fraud Victim

3 Things That Make You More Likely to Be a Fraud Victim

Using social networks and sharing personal information online can dramatically increase your risk for fraud, a new study has found. It makes sense that consumers who disclose the most about themselves online are at greater risk of becoming fraud victims. But the study claims their increased risk is probably more dramatic than you’d think, and... Read More

6 Things Consumer Laws Don’t Protect You From

Personal Finance

6 Things Consumer Laws Don’t Protect You From

6 Things Consumer Laws Don’t Protect You From

Consumer protection laws are essential in the U.S. marketplace, but their presence is relatively new. The Consumer Bill of Rights was enacted in 1962 to regulate business practices and uphold protections that shape modern-day commerce. Although several laws produced drastic change in the decades following, there are still things consumer laws don’t protect you from.... Read More

Are Traveler’s Checks Still a Thing?

Personal Finance

Are Traveler’s Checks Still a Thing?

Are Traveler’s Checks Still a Thing?

According to a 2015 Experian report, nearly 20% of travelers had sensitive information lost or stolen during their trips. One way people are combatting this is by using traveler’s checks in place of cash or a credit or debit card. What Are Traveler’s Checks? Traveler’s checks are used as a currency replacement for those who... Read More

Nope, the FBI Isn’t Calling You for Money

Identity Theft

Nope, the FBI Isn’t Calling You for Money

Nope, the FBI Isn’t Calling You for Money

Phone scammers often pretend to be debt collectors, election or IRS officials — heck, they’ve even pretended to be you calling you to scam yourself. Now they’re pretending to be the FBI in hopes of swindling you out of some cash and possibly your personal information as well. The FBI’s Philadelphia field office issued a warning Wednesday saying a phone scam... Read More

See an ATM Skimmer in Action

Identity Theft

See an ATM Skimmer in Action

See an ATM Skimmer in Action

Skimming is a fairly common scam, which involves thieves placing a device over an ATM or other payment terminal that steals debit or credit card information from any cards used at that machine. But criminals are taking this one step further thanks to Russian-speaking Skimer group. The Kaspersky Lab reports that these Skimer scams began in 2010... Read More

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