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Beware of the Fake Tax Form Scam

w-2 form, glasses, money, penTax season is a confusing time. In the midst of a paperwork blizzard, it seems that everyone needs triplicate copies of every document. It’s not unusual for someone to lose a copy of an important document and need it to be re-issued. Of course, everyone’s busy enough that no one wants to double check.

How To Respond To ‘Can You Hear Me?’

Woman using smart phone and holding coffee“Can you hear me now?” is the once-popular tagline of Verizon commercials, but it’s also the headline of a new scam. Scammers making robocalls will ask some innocuous question. Once the targeted person says “yes,” a recording is made of the response and it is used to sign up the target for unwanted, expensive services. It’s a scheme that’s been targeted at businesses before, but it has now shifted targeting to individual consumers across the country.

ATM Fraud on the Rise: Staying Safe While Getting Cash

female inserts a plastic card into an ATMScammers seem like they’re in every part of the economy. If you make a purchase online, scammers are trying to get your credit or debit card number. If you check your email, scammers are trying to get you to download spyware. You might think you’re safe conducting all your business in cash, but scammers are waiting in one location you can’t get around: the ATM.

Tips to Avoid Being Taken By Rental Scams

empty apartment kitchenRenting an apartment can be scary. This is going to be your home, after all, no matter how short or long a time you choose to live there. As you consider available options, you are probably looking for it to be clean and smell-free. You also likely want it to be large enough to at least fit a bed and a refrigerator. And the surrounding neighborhood should to be safe, or at least not downright dangerous.

Avoiding the ‘Catfish’ and Other Heartless Scams – Financial Safety on Dating Sites

guy on phone with hearts coming out of itMeeting new people is difficult for many adults. After college and the first few weeks on a new job, the number of people you’ll encounter as a part of your everyday life starts to drop off pretty dramatically. If you’re looking for more than just friendship, it gets even more challenging.

The Troublesome Ticket: How to Spot and Avoid a Fake

Ticket Booth SignAfter months of dreaming, wishing and praying; after a five-hour car ride without air conditioning and after waiting in line for what feels like a lifetime, you’ve finally gotten into the concert experience of a lifetime. Beaming, you step forward and hand your ticket to the security guard at the entrance. You begin to stride forward, but he stops you dead in your tracks. He can’t let you into the concert because your ticket won’t scan.

Ransomware: The Modern Equivalent of Being Tied to Train Tracks

Railroad TracksWhen we think of ransom, we typically think of a black-and-white movie with a kidnapper leaving notes made from a variety of newspaper cuttings. Today, ransom is much less melodramatic, much more common and targets something you might not expect: your computer files.

Zika Virus - How to Keep Your Family Safe

Mosquito on SkinSummer is a wonderful time to enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you’re involved in recreation league sports, hiking, or barbecues, there’s something for everyone. Usually, flying pests are just a nuisance. The worst they do is provide a minor irritation to an otherwise fine outing.

Avoiding Scams in the Workplace: Keeping Yourself and the Rest of Us Safe

Worker on PC with hands over mouthPop quiz: What do the data breaches at Target, Home Depot and Sony all have in common? Give up? They were all caused by employee errors. These, along with about 500 other breaches, are confirming what many security professionals have worried about for years. In the digital age, the weakest link in our information security is us: humans. The most common cause of data breaches around the world is employee error or negligence.

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