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BBB Smart Investing

by Council of the Better Business Bureau

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nvestors lose millions every year to risky investments and fraudulent scams, and the problem is getting worse as more people manage their own retirement savings.

BBB, in partnership with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, part of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, is here to help combat investment fraud and through the BBB Smart Investing program. … Continue Reading

Fake Tax Returns for Tax Refunds – US Dept. of Justice Stolen Identity Refund Fraud (SIRF) Enforcement

by Linda Vincent R.N. P.I.

Tax Return

One of the Tax Division’s highest priorities is prosecuting people who use stolen identities to steal money from the United States Treasury by filing fake tax returns that claim tax refunds. Working to stop Stolen Identity Refund Fraud, or SIRF, is vital because these schemes threaten to disrupt the orderly administration of the income tax system for hundreds of thousands of law abiding taxpayers and to cost the United States Treasury billions of dollars. … Continue Reading

Online Degree Scams: Beware of Degree and Diploma Mills

by Natalia Kuzma

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Today, technology is utilized and embraced globally.

The Internet alone has become a tool that allows users to research, invest, communicate, edit and share files, and earn an income, among other things. … Continue Reading

You Have the Power

by Federal Trade Commission

Writing a Check

Do you send money to friends or family overseas? Or to a business? If so, as of right now, you have the power: to shop around, to make informed decisions, to cancel (OK, that power only lasts for 30 minutes, but it’s something), and to know where to complain. … Continue Reading

Honor Our Vets

by Federal Trade Commission

Honor Vets

Veterans Day is a special time to honor all those who have served our country. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, more than 22 million veterans live in the U.S. today. And yet, for all the grateful Americans who celebrate these heroes, there are scammers trying to take advantage of veterans and current servicemembers. … Continue Reading

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