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March 18, 2014 ID thieves are stealing billions of dollars a year with fraudulent tax returns – and the IRS isn’t the only target. The 43 states that have an income tax are also under attack. And they’re using big data to fight back.

March 10, 2014 That email from your power company – the one that looks like a billing statement – could be bogus. And if you click on the link, as the crooks hope you will, you could be in for a nasty surprise. It will load malware onto your computer.
February 10, 2014 International telephone fraudsters hope curiosity will get you to call them, so they can sneak unwanted charges onto your phone bill. The “One Ring” scam is deviously simple and effective. Here’s what to watch out for and how to protect yourself.
February 6, 2014 Identity thieves don’t stop at credit card data. They’re after any account with money: eBay, Amazon, PayPal and wireless phone accounts. There are ways to fight back and beat the bad guys.
February 5, 2014 Scammers are very good at using email and text messages to target their victims, but they haven't stopped using the telephone. In fact, it's once again  their favorite way to reach you. Here’s how to fight back.

January 29, 2014 A lot of kids can’t afford the cost of higher education without some financial help. An ad that promises scholarship money
can be mighty tempting. Watch out! It could be a scam. Here’s
the right way to apply for scholarship money.
January 20, 2014 Most people find out there’s a problem when contacted by their financial institution. Fraud experts say we must be proactive and take steps to protect ourselves. Here are some of the most obvious red flags that a thief is pretending to be you.
January 14, 2014 Armed with your Social Security number, an imposter can file a fraudulent return. If they beat you to the IRS, they might be able to steal your refund money. It’s a serious problem that’s getting worse. What can you to do protect yourself?

November 18, 2013 ID theft is a year-round problem, but the hectic holiday season is prime time for this crime. There are a few simple things you can do to reduce your risk of becoming a victim.

October 23, 2013 With marijuana possession now legal in some states, the race is on to invest in this growing industry. While some people will surely get rich in this ”green rush,” many will lose their money or get taken by scammers who pitch bogus investments.

October 9, 2013 Scammers are calling businesses and homeowners claiming to be with the power company. Victims are told to pay a past-due bill right away via Green Dot MoneyPak (or other prepaid card) or their service will be immediately disconnected.

September 25, 2013 If a bank teller suspects an elderly customer is about to be swindled out of a lot of money, should they do something? Yes. The feds say privacy laws do not trump the need to protect seniors.

August 15, 2013 Con artists are using the confusion surrounding National health care reform to steal people’s money and personal information in order to commit identity theft. Here’s how to spot the scams and avoid  the fraudsters.


July 25, 2013 Hundreds across the country have complained they've been scammed by private services that promise to change their mailing address. They’re upset because they got hit with a charge of $20 or more. Find out how to protect yourself.
June 28, 2013 Con artists will steal from anyone, but these crooks often target seniors because they tend to be easy marks. This under-reported crime now costs elderly Americans billions of dollars a year. Here’s how to spot the scams.

June 26, 2013 The sales pitch is convincing, but it’s a lie. There is no free Life Alert system waiting to be shipped to you. Unfortunately, many seniors are falling for this clever come-on and giving out credit card or other personal information.

June 7, 2013 Some ID thieves want your money. Others try to steal your medical benefits. This is a serious and growing crime in the U.S. that can plague a victim’s medical and financial life for years.

September 12, 2013 Medical identity theft takes place when someone uses your name and personal identifying information to receive medical services, devices or prescription drugs. This crime is growing rapidly, but few know about it. Here’s how to protect yourself.

May 24, 2013 The postcard says you won free airline tickets or a free luxury cruise. All you need to do it call the a toll-free number. Don’t do it! You didn’t win anything. It’s a lure to get you to a  high-pressure sales presentation for an expensive travel club membership.
April 20, 2013 This is just the latest example of a sleazy company using the lure of a free offer to get your credit card number. They want to bill you for something you didn't order. These guys took in several million dollars before the FTC shut them down. 
March 7, 2013 The Federal Trade Commission tries to stop dozens of companies that bombarded cell phone with millions of spam texts. The bogus messages promised “free” gift $1,000 gift cards at big name stores, like Walmart and Best Buy.
March 6, 2013 There are lots of reasons why con artists use MoneyPaks to fund their frauds. They’re quick and easy to buy and the  money is virtually untraceable. Victims are losing thousands, sometimes tens of thousands of dollars this way.

February 27, 2013 The Federal Trade Commission received more than 2 million complaints last year and once again identity theft tops the list. See the full Top 10 list and find out why ID theft is still on the rise.
February 7, 2013 Hundreds of thousands of people have been victimized by identity thieves who file false returns to grab their tax refund. It’s a growing problem that delays refunds to honest taxpayers and steals money from the U.S. Treasury.
February 7, 2013 Tax relief services prey on people in distress. They promise to drastically reduce or even eliminate your tax debt and stop collections. Of course, they want your money upfront. Don’t do it!
August 14, 2012 They knock on your door and want to sell you magazines, security systems, meat or miracle cleaning products. Beware: it could be a con artist at your doorstep who will say anything to get your money.
June 27, 2012 Losing a loved one is painful enough. Imagine the horror of coming home from the funeral to find your home burglarized. “Obituary burglaries,” are happening all across the country.
June 15, 2012 The bad guys are getting better at stealing your credit card numbers. Banks want to prevent and detect this fraud. A new report finds some banks do a much better
job of protecting you. Plus there are things you can do.
April 12, 2012 It’s like bait-and-switch on the car loan. You sign all the paperwork, drive the car home and days later the dealer says the financing fell through and you need to pay more or bring the car back.  
April 5, 2012 They claim to have "guaranteed" buyers who will pay top dollar. All they need is your money upfront. Don't do it!    
February 23, 2012  He used “Free Trial Offers” to get people’s credit card numbers to bill them for products and services they did not want and did not agree to buy. 


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