7 Questions Every Debt Collector Should Be Able to Answer

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7 Questions Every Debt Collector Should Be Able to Answer

7 Questions Every Debt Collector Should Be Able to Answer

A “debt collector” call can arrive at any time for just about anyone. Even if you’ve never missed a payment on a bill. There’s only one way to protect yourself: Know what questions to ask. Debt collector telemarketing scams are incredibly persistent because they work. “Debt collectors” can sound scary, and when they catch consumers... Read More

Beware: April Fools’ Scams Are No Joke

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Beware: April Fools’ Scams Are No Joke

Beware: April Fools’ Scams Are No Joke

Every year, we see the great jokes businesses play on consumers for April Fools’ Day. While some companies make up faux products, like Starbucks did with the Plenta and Micra cups in 2010, some companies go all out on digital pranks. In 2015, Amazon revamped their site to look like the classic 1999 version and... Read More

8 Scams That Can Ruin Your Vacation

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8 Scams That Can Ruin Your Vacation

8 Scams That Can Ruin Your Vacation

Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow this year, which means spring is right around the corner. For the winter weary, however, summer is still too far away and the lure of blue-green seascapes under sunny skies is strong. If you’ve decided to take the plunge, remember: Your vacation is supposed to be a time to... Read More

Beware: Scammers Love Valentine’s Day, Too

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Beware: Scammers Love Valentine’s Day, Too

Beware: Scammers Love Valentine’s Day, Too

Valentine’s Day can certainly be stressful. Whether you’re at a loss for what to buy your love or you’re the lamenting the lack of one, you also have to watch out for scammers this time of year. “Scammers play on emotion … and romance is certainly a strong emotion,” the Better Business Bureau said in... Read More

Watch Out for Fake Turbo Tax Emails

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Watch Out for Fake Turbo Tax Emails

Watch Out for Fake Turbo Tax Emails

Scammers are targeting taxpayers by sending TurboTax customers fake emails designed to steal people’s personal and account information, according to a Feb. 4 announcement by Intuit, the parent company of the do-it-yourself tax software. Intuit said the email mimicks the company’s brand and tells recipients they need to confirm their accounts. Here’s what part of... Read More

Kid Gets a PS4 for Christmas. Finds a Block of Wood Inside Instead

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Kid Gets a PS4 for Christmas. Finds a Block of Wood Inside Instead

Kid Gets a PS4 for Christmas. Finds a Block of Wood Inside Instead

Imagine the excitement of opening a gift and finding it’s something you wanted. Now think about how crushed you’d feel when the gift wasn’t in the box. That’s exactly what happened to a little boy in Massachusetts this Christmas, reports WFXT. Nine-year-old Scott Lundy thought he received a PS4, but found a wooden decoy instead. What began as “the best... Read More

You Better Watch Out for the Santa Scam

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You Better Watch Out for the Santa Scam

You Better Watch Out for the Santa Scam

If you’re stuck for last-minute gift ideas for a child, a handwritten note from Santa might sound like the perfect idea. After all, what kid wouldn’t want a letter from Old Saint Nick? Except it may be nothing more than a scam, according to Consumer Reports, which issued a warning this week advising consumers to be wary... Read More

10 Types of People Who Fall for Scams

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10 Types of People Who Fall for Scams

10 Types of People Who Fall for Scams

Researchers are coming to new conclusions as they dig into the question of what makes some people and not others fall victim to fraud and online scams. Victims often hate to admit they’ve been conned, so research is difficult. Even so, experts estimate that $40 billion to $50 billion a year is lost to consumer fraud, says a study by the Financial Fraud... Read More

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