IRS Tax Fraud and Scams

IRS Tax Fraud and Scams

March 23, 2021

No one wants to be on the wrong side of the IRS, which is why, each year, in the months leading up to the May 17 extended tax filing deadline, scammers come out in full force to take advantage of the worries and fears of American taxpayers. Tax scammers utilize three effective lines of attack—by …

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Sweetheart Scams

Sweetheart Scams

February 8, 2021

One of the more popular methods used by scammers to bilk money out of unsuspecting victims is the so-called Sweetheart Scam. What makes this type of fraud especially insidious is that the victims are usually older widows or widowers, at their most vulnerable following the loss of their life partner. Worse, the swindlers are almost …

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Defend Against Digital Fraud

Defend Against Digital Fraud

December 15, 2020

Digital fraud is not only on the rise, it is accelerating and growing more sophisticated. While consumers are benefiting from the rise of e-commerce, mobile payments and computer power, so too are criminals, who can more easily take advantage of their vulnerabilities. Consumers and businesses are the first line of defense against digital fraud, and …

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Synthetic Identity Fraud

Synthetic Identity Fraud

September 16, 2020

Synthetic identity theft is one of the fastest growing and more insidious forms of fraud because it creates entirely new identities using stolen personal information such as Social Security numbers. It’s also one of the more difficult to detect, so it can go undiscovered for years. Thieves steal a Social Security number and combine it …

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Beware of COVID-19 Scams

Beware of COVID-19 Scams

May 15, 2020

We all know that scammers and fraudsters are not ones to let a crisis go to waste. The COVID-19 crisis has unleashed a tsunami of scams preying on the virus-related fears of many Americans. The FCC, FTC, FEMA and the FBI are reporting a significant uptick in text messages, emails and robocalls, offering fake cures …

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Mobile Fraud

Mobile Fraud

November 22, 2019

The mobile revolution is transforming the way people transact business. It’s estimated that mobile transactions account for nearly 70% of all financial transactions. However, with that, there has been a commensurate increase in the amount of mobile fraud, costing businesses and consumers as much as $25 billion this year. Cybercriminals are keeping pace with the …

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Facebook Eases Business-Customer Chats in Messenger

Facebook Eases Business-Customer Chats in Messenger

October 10, 2019

Facebook recently announced the global rollout of its new lead generation feature for Messenger. The feature is designed to allow businesses to set up an automated question experience to engage with potential customers. Facebook has a style of ads that enables users to click to the Messenger service to open a conversation between the user …

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Digital Fraud

Digital Fraud

October 10, 2019

An ever-expanding digital world has created boundless opportunities for all, including digital criminals. Digital fraud has increased tenfold over the last five years, becoming ever more sophisticated and brazen in its attacks on consumers, leading to identity theft and financial loss. To protect yourself from digital fraud, you must become your first line of defense …

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Don’t be a Victim of Real Estate Wire Fraud

Don’t be a Victim of Real Estate Wire Fraud

August 15, 2019

Real estate wire fraud is exploding across the U.S., costing consumers billions of dollars each year. While digital technology has made the process of escrow settlement faster and more convenient, it has also enabled scammers with the right tools to wreak havoc on unsuspecting homebuyers. And, because it involves real estate properties, the financial losses …

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Preventing Identity Theft

Preventing Identity Theft

July 16, 2019

Identity theft has become a trillion-dollar industry in an ever-expanding market. Working from the darkest corners of the world, identity thieves are relentless in their pursuit of your personal information to use it or sell it to the dark web. The big data breaches make the headlines, but each year tens of millions of people …

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