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Tax Refund Thieves can be thwarted

by Robert Siciliano

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If your tax refund doesn’t come, don’t be quick to blame the government. Tax refund fraud is very common. The IRS pays billions in fake refunds. … Continue Reading

Don’t Let Them Call You Sweetheart

by J_Pratt

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Among the most painful scams are those in which the victim believes the villain truly cares for them. This connection allows the miscreant to exploit their affection, abusing them financially as well as emotionally. These are known as Romance or Sweetheart scams. … Continue Reading

Check Fraud: What To Do When It Happens to You

by ITRC

Writing a Check

The first step is to call your bank and shut down the checking account. You must file a police report with your local police department stating the check book was stolen.

You will need to go to the bank and have Customer Service go through your account and verify the checks clearing through the account are yours. … Continue Reading

Check Fraud: Can You Still Trust A Cashier’s Check?

by J_Pratt

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Cashier’s Checks have long been considered the “gold standard” of checks. Drawn on the bank itself, there is no question that the funds are good. So if someone wants to give you a Cashier’s Check (or “Official Check”) there’s no fraud risk, right?

Wrong. … Continue Reading

Check Fraud: What if you ARE Bob?

by J_Pratt

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Remember when you had lunch with Bob (see “What About Bob”) and he gave you a check to pay for his half of the bill? And in doing so, he entrusted you with a lot of his personal financial information, which is printed on his check stock?

What if YOU were in Bob’s shoes? Hey! You are in Bob’s shoes! … Continue Reading

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