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Don’t pay for a vacation to nowhere

by Federal Trade Commission

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With winter almost over, are you itching to get out of town? As you search for your perfect getaway, you might come across good-looking vacation rental deals that seem amazing. Unfortunately, some “steals” are posted by scammers trying to steal your money. They’ll leave you with a vacation to nowhere.
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Fake Gov. Emails Have Arrest Warrant Attached

by Council of the Better Business Bureau

Scam

Don’t let this email scam scare you into downloading a malware-infected attachment. The Federal Trade Commission is warning about fake emails that claim to be from the made-up “Bureau of Defaulters,” with an attached “arrest warrant” that is really malware. … Continue Reading

NOT A PRETTY PICTURE: NEW DATA ON YOUTH AND SELF-CREATED SEXUALLY EXPLICIT CONTENT

by Stay Safe Online

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A new Microsoft*-sponsored study released today by the by the UK-based Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) reveals data adults and especially parents should know. Across the globe, young people are taking and sharing nude photos and videos of themselves, and the behavior is being exhibited by even younger age groups. … Continue Reading

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If you’ve ever watched virtually any spy flick or James Bond movie you’re familiar with “bugs” – those little dime-sized metallic things that the bad guys would secretly stick under someone’s desk to record any conversation in the room—picked up by a receiver in their car. Or, the phone was “tapped” – the device was inside the receiver. … Continue Reading

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