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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Small Businesses To Use More Social Media Marketing

Small Businesses To Use More Social Media Marketing

June 17, 2019

Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of small businesses intend to increase their investment in social media marketing this year, according to a recent survey from The Manifest. In fact, the findings show that more businesses plan to invest in digital marketing than in traditional marketing: The survey found that most small businesses (89 percent) invest in …

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Over a Third of Small Businesses Have No Website

Over a Third of Small Businesses Have No Website

April 24, 2019

While many small businesses find a website to be a critical element in running a company in the digital age, a significant portion still do not consider it to be vital. A recent survey from the portfolio website firm Visual Objects found that over a third of small businesses (40 percent) have not invested in …

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Tax Scams are Surging – Beware!

Tax Scams are Surging – Beware!

February 20, 2019

Each year Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax scam artists dupe thousands of taxpayers into revealing sensitive information that leads to stolen identities and money. And, as their methods become more sophisticated and pervasive, they are becoming harder to detect as fraud. As with any type of scam, you are the first and last line of …

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