How to Keep Your Grandparents From Getting Ripped Off by Mail Scams

Personal Finance

How to Keep Your Grandparents From Getting Ripped Off by Mail Scams

How to Keep Your Grandparents From Getting Ripped Off by Mail Scams

I don’t know about you, but I have a 79-year-old mom who seems to be on every political and religious mailing list known to man. Every day, she gets a new batch of letters emblazoned with words like “special notice,” “official survey due” and “final attempt: invoice enclosed.” Of course, the special notice is simply… Read More

CFPB Targets Payday Lender’s ‘Cash-Grab Scam’

Personal Loans

CFPB Targets Payday Lender’s ‘Cash-Grab Scam’

CFPB Targets Payday Lender’s ‘Cash-Grab Scam’

A new, brazen fraud begins with a twist: Instead of losing money, consumers get money, which is unexpectedly deposited into their checking account. But the surprise windfall turns into a big headache, and even bigger bills, the CFPB says in a lawsuit disclosed Wednesday. The cash comes from a payday lender owned by a firm… Read More

The Fight to Stop Robocalls

Identity Theft

The Fight to Stop Robocalls

The Fight to Stop Robocalls

If technology exists that could stop scammy robocalls before they pester and cheat Americans, why don’t phone companies use it?  That’s the crux of a letter sent Tuesday by attorneys general from 39 states and territories to the Federal Communications Commission. Software with names like NoMoRobo, Call Control and Telemarketing Guard can root out many unwanted and… Read More

7 Scams That Just Won’t Die

Identity Theft

7 Scams That Just Won’t Die

7 Scams That Just Won’t Die

As much of a joke as those Nigerian-prince-email scams have become, people sadly fall for them. That “pay me now, you’ll get millions later” operation has been around for decades (the Boston Globe says it’s 200 years old) and has found ways to work from paper letters, emails and texts, and given that longevity, it’s probably… Read More

5 Reasons Not to Search for Those Nude Celebrity Photos

Identity Theft

5 Reasons Not to Search for Those Nude Celebrity Photos

5 Reasons Not to Search for Those Nude Celebrity Photos

A not-so funny thing happened to the Internet over Labor Day weekend. It was nearly trampled to death in a digital stampede for photographs of nude celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kate Upton, Rihanna and others. More than 100 celebrities “made” the list. How did the pictures wind up online? The best… Read More

The IRS Phone Call You Can Ignore

Identity Theft

The IRS Phone Call You Can Ignore

The IRS Phone Call You Can Ignore

The most recent IRS phone scam is raking in some big numbers: 90,000 complaints to the Treasury Inspector General’s Office and more than $5 million bilked from 1,100 victims. Consumers were first warned of the IRS scam in October, CNN Money said. Unfortunately, the con artists have continued to be wildly successful in cheating taxpayers out… Read More

How Your Celebrity Obsession Could Get You Scammed

Identity Theft

How Your Celebrity Obsession Could Get You Scammed

How Your Celebrity Obsession Could Get You Scammed

We all have our areas of interest — make that obsession — and when something related to them crops up online, we can be instantly transformed into monster click-machines. The problem here: Many of those clicks can either lead to your victimization or becoming an unwitting co-conspirator in cybercrime. To make matters worse, once your… Read More

How Your Name Could Get You Scammed

Identity Theft

How Your Name Could Get You Scammed

How Your Name Could Get You Scammed

Your personally identifiable information (PII) is all around you, and much of it is impossible to protect. While your driver’s license and Social Security numbers are a significant part of the equation, you can take certain protective measures to keep those from prying eyes. Unfortunately, that’s not the case when it comes to more visible… Read More

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