Consumer Reminder: Don’t Get “Skimmed” This Holiday Season

by Debra N. Diener J.D. CIPP G

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Thieves love the holiday season for countless reasons including:

People rushing around doing holiday shopping;
People using ATM machines even more often; and … Continue Reading

Tis’ the Season for Online Shopping: Why You Should Give Your Debit Card a Break

by Rueben Rodriguez

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Let’s all go and do some on-line shopping!! The holidays are upon us and wouldn’t you know it, the retailers are trying to entice us by moving up their … Continue Reading

ID Theft Rings Install Card Skimmers Across Florida

by Denise Richardson

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Florida’s dubious distinction as the number one state in the US for identity theft is unfortunately well-earned. The number of cases of identity theft reported here each year dwarfs the number of reports filed in most other states, and generally has a significant lead over whichever state holds the number 2 position. … Continue Reading

Keep Yourself Safe From Debit Card Fraud

by Denise Richardson

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Many people lump credit card fraud and debit card fraud together, but there are actually critical differences between the two fraud types. One of the biggest differences is that debit card fraud can be much more damaging than credit card fraud because it draws directly from your bank account instead of simply being a charge against a credit line. It can sometimes be difficult to recover funds lost to debit card fraud, and it may take months for you to get your money back. … Continue Reading

10 Tips To Avoid “Free Trial” Traps And Protect Your Financial Information

by Debra N. Diener J.D. CIPP G

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It’s always the fine print that trips us up. Then it’s only belatedly we find out that the “free trials” really aren’t so free. That’s one of the reasons I wrote yesterday (April 18th) about the Federal Trade Commission’s settlement with Green Millionaire LLC (see, “FTC Halts “Free Gas for Life” False Claims -$2 Million for Consumer Refunds”). We sometimes only learn that we unintentionally “ordered” the additional products or services when we see new credit card charges or bank account debits. … Continue Reading

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Fake Scanner Emails Infect Office Computers

Scammers are taking advantage of the standard emails sent by most office scanners. They have replicated the messages of famous printer brands but attach malware to the emails instead of documents.

How the Scam Works:

You are at work, and you receive a message from what you think is your office printer/scanner. It appears that someone sent you a copy of a scanned document. The name doesn’t ring a bell, but you open the attachment anyway.

When you click on the file, you find that it isn’t a scanned copy of the latest office report. It’s really a link to a third-party website that will download a virus to your computer. These viruses phish for personal and banking information on your machine. … Continue Reading

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Unknown Credit Card Charges: Fraud or Legit?

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When the police arrived they asked a bunch of questions, did an onsite investigation and calmly and collectively stated to her: “You misplaced it. It probably hasn’t been stolen. You will find it in a few days.” … Continue Reading

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