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The Highlights of the Highlights

by Federal Trade Commission

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Every spring, the FTC issues its Annual Highlights for the previous year. It’s like a corporate annual report, summarizing what we did and how we did it. Interested in our mission to protect consumers? Here are some of 2014’s highlights: … Continue Reading

How to Spot Charity Scams

by National Consumers League

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You want to help people in need, but you also want to be sure that your charitable donation isn’t simply going into a crook’s pocket. … Continue Reading

Mobile check deposits new playground for fraudsters

by National Consumers League

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Does your bank let you deposit checks using your mobile phone? Many consumers enjoy this technology, which eliminates the need for a trip to a bank branch or ATM by allowing customers to snap a photo of the front and back of checks and deposit via a mobile app. … Continue Reading

Check Fraud: The Theft That Started It All

by ITRC

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Before the Internet and options like online banking and bill pay—I know, it’s hard to remember that far back, isn’t it?—would-be identity thieves had to work a little harder to gain access to your financial information. … Continue Reading

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

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Child Identity theft is becoming Solvable

You’ve seen TV commercials and print ads about identity theft, and the “victim” is always an adult. That’s not realistic. The actor-portrayal should be that of a child. Yes, a kid.

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