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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

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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

National Consumer Protection Week

by Robin Slade

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This week marks the 17th National Consumer Protection Week. The partnership highlights the collaboration of 89 agencies and non-profits that provide consumer education resources to help stop fraud in its tracks. National Consumer Protection Week is spearheaded by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which works for consumers to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop, and avoid them. As a leading consumer advocate, FraudAvengers shares in this growing effort to empower consumers to take charge and become a strong first line of defense against fraud in their communities.

Consumer protection extends from online safety to avoidance of identity theft. The FTC’s Consumer Complaints Report for 2014 shows the ever increasing nature of fraud against consumers. For instance, identity theft topped the list nationally for the 15th year in a row, accounting for 13% of all consumer complaints. Debt collection schemes are still pulled … 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

How to Deal with Phishing Scams

by Federal Trade Commission

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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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