Avoiding Robocall Scams

Avoiding Robocall Scams

September 15, 2021

Despite the National Do Not Call Registry, the availability of caller ID and a crackdown by the Federal Trade Commission, robocalls seem to continue unabated. Yep, they’re the annoying recorded messages that usually prompt the person receiving them to take some sort of action. If the robocall is for the purpose of selling something, it …

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Keep Yourself Safe From Malicious QR Code Scams

Keep Yourself Safe From Malicious QR Code Scams

August 18, 2021

You have no doubt noticed that QR codes—those square blocks of black and white pixels—are ubiquitous, adorning everything from restaurant menus to store products to mall posters. They are a low-cost, easy way for businesses to link consumers to websites, store discounts, promotional campaigns and mobile payments. The problem is, they’re not entirely secure.  QR …

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Digital Fraud: How to Spot the Danger

Digital Fraud: How to Spot the Danger

August 18, 2021

The recent barrage of ransomware attacks should serve as a stark warning to any person who spends time in the digital world. Anyone who uses email, shops online or makes mobile payments is a target of cybercriminals seeking to exploit their vulnerabilities. In fighting off these relentless attacks, everyone—both consumers and businesses—is the first line …

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Creative Phone Scammers Have a New Technique

Creative Phone Scammers Have a New Technique

July 13, 2021

Creative Phone Scammers Have a New Technique: Caller ID Spoofing If you ever get a call from someone claiming to be a representative at your bank, be skeptical, even if they have the right caller ID. Using “caller ID spoofing,” scammers can make it look like they’re calling from your bank’s phone number.  There have …

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Precautions to Minimize Risks with QR Codes

Precautions to Minimize Risks with QR Codes

June 16, 2021

The use of QR codes over the past year and a half has make life easier for people, and it’s getting harder to avoid them as restaurants use them for touch-free menus and they’re found in numerous other business applications. But as we have learned with emails, credit cards and internet surfing, scammers are hiding …

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Facebook Tests New Ways for Users to Discover Businesses

Facebook Tests New Ways for Users to Discover Businesses

June 16, 2021

In addition to adding new tools and features for businesses in Pages and News Feed, Facebook has also added changes to Business Suite and new optimization goals for ad campaigns Facebook recently announced new features aimed at helping businesses grow by connecting with their customers online. In the United States, the company is testing a …

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Synthetic Identity Fraud

Synthetic Identity Fraud

May 12, 2021

Of all the methods fraudsters use to steal identities, synthetic identity may be the most sinister. That’s because it could take years before it’s detected, and by then, the damage has been done and the fraudster has moved on to other victims. Here’s how synthetic identity fraud works: Swindlers use a stolen Social Security number …

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IRS Rolls out Program to Fight Tax Identity Fraud

IRS Rolls out Program to Fight Tax Identity Fraud

May 12, 2021

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has expanded its Identity Protection PIN program to enable you to protect yourself against identity theft and tax fraud. In fact, anyone able to prove their identity now has the ability to further protect themselves, thanks to recent efforts by the IRS. Since the onset of COVID-19, instances of identity …

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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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