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Tax Return Basics: What You must know!

by Robert Siciliano

Tax Return

Three things in life are guaranteed: death, taxes and tax-related identity theft. Michael Kasper would agree. Someone registered Kasper’s IRS.gov account, requested the document for his 2013 tax return, then filed a 2014 tax return.

The crook used a middleman—an innocent woman who answered his Craigslist ad for a moneymaking opportunity. … Continue Reading

Your top 5 questions about unwanted calls and the National Do Not Call Registry

by Federal Trade Commission

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You signed up for the Do Not Call Registry ages ago, but you’re suddenly getting a bunch of unwanted calls. What can you do? … Continue Reading

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

Hacking Humans: How Cybercriminals Trick Their Victims

by Robert Siciliano

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Intel Security has compiled a list of the top ways cybercriminals play with the minds of their targeted victims. And the chief way that the cybercriminals do this is via phishing scams—that are designed to take your money. … Continue Reading

Cleaning up without getting cleaned out

by Federal Trade Commission

Roof Repair

I don’t know about you, but I’m about ready to say “uncle” to Old Man Winter.

This year’s record-breaking snowfalls, downed trees, roof collapses, mudslides, flooding and frozen pipes are leaving overwhelming clean-up and recovery in their wake. … Continue Reading

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Scammers have given a classic lottery scam a cunning new twist by drawing on the real life story of a Mega Millions winner. Watch out for emails claiming that a recent lottery winner is giving you part of his fortune. It’s really just a con. … Continue Reading

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Your top 5 questions about unwanted calls and the National Do Not Call Registry

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Healthcare Data Under Attack

It’s been a while since I sent a Friends of the Firm email, but that’s not due to lack of news. The truth is the data breach landscape has gone a bit crazy. You no doubt have heard about the huge mega breaches at Anthem and Premera, both health insurance companies whose breaches involved over 100 million Americans and their personal medical identities. … Continue Reading

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