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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

SSN and Its Afterlife

by Robert Siciliano

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What’s one billion? That’s about the number of possible permutations of the Social Security number. Which begs the question: What happens to an SSN when someone kicks the bucket? … Continue Reading

Top scams of 2014 reveals phantom debt scams on the rise

by National Consumers League

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Worry about consumers’ vulnerability to fraud attacks has never been so great, with new headlines about the growing millions of Americans whose personal information has been stolen appearing every day. With fraud vulnerability on the minds of many, the experts at the National Consumers League are releasing a report about scam trends from 2014—some good, some bad, and with new warnings for avoiding fraud. … Continue Reading

Where Do Your Photos Go Once You Post Them Online?

by ITRC

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Social media and image sharing sites have made it possible for families and friends to be connected no matter how far geography separates them. With instant photo uploads and websites like Flickr and Instagram, it’s easier than ever to show Grandma the baby’s first steps, or to let your friends see that adorable face your son made while eating broccoli. … Continue Reading

Simple Tips for Creating a Safe Space for Kids Online

by Stay Safe Online

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This is the time of year when parents start getting extremely preoccupied in preparing for the holidays while children turn into devoted shoppers, wrapped up in dreams of what they’re going to get. These factors make it doubly important for parents to take care in monitoring what their children are doing online. … Continue Reading

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You may think you’re not dumb enough to fall for scams, but consider that someone you care deeply about is naïve enough to be conned. Besides, some scams are so clever that even those who think they’re scam-proof have actually been taken for a ride. … Continue Reading

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How to Deal with Phishing Scams

When internet fraudsters impersonate a business to trick you into giving out your personal information, it’s called phishing. Don’t reply to email, text, or pop-up messages that ask for your personal or financial information. Don’t click on links within them either – even if the message seems to be from an organization you trust. It isn’t. … Continue Reading

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Anthem Hack Attack, Part 2: Phishing Scams

Last week I told you about health insurer Anthem’s data breachaffecting more than 80 million customers. This week, I’m telling you about scam artists who are sending phony “Anthem” emails that pretend to help customers, but actually phish for their personal information.
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