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Prepaid Cards risk of Fraud

by Robert Siciliano

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Somewhere out there is a dictionary that when you look up the term wire money, the definition says scam! Even though legitimate money-transfer businesses exist like Western Union, a request to wire money for that new car or vacation package is most probably a rip-off. … Continue Reading

Physical Credit Card Theft Still a Concern

by ITRC

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With all of the attention that online identity theft, cyber crime, and corporate hacking have received lately, it’s easy to forget that one of the easiest ways to steal a lot of money from you is with simple credit card theft, often due to a lost or stolen wallet. One recent case involved a taxi driver who used the contents of a wallet one of his passengers left in his cab. … Continue Reading

Everything you need to know about a Credit Freeze

by Robert Siciliano

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A credit freeze locks down your credit report so lenders can’t see your scores, making your credit/SSN useless to them because they don’t know their risk level.

If thieves get ahold of your ID, they can’t get credit in your name as long as your credit is frozen. … Continue Reading

A scam-free vacation

by Federal Trade Commission

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Heading out of town? Make sure you come back with a nice post-vacation glow and not a case of identity theft. Here are some things you can do to lessen the chances you’ll be a victim. … Continue Reading

A Veteran Returns to an Ambush of a Job Scam

by J_Pratt

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Sean had recently separated from the Air Force after ten years of service and was having a very difficult time finding work. He was excited when he finally received a call from a Human Resources representative working for company called Green Line L&W about a job opportunity. … Continue Reading

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