Selfies Give Criminals a Treasure Map to your Stuff

Selfies Give Criminals a Treasure Map to your Stuff

    Selfies are a popular way of sharing good times with friends and family. They’re also a great way for criminals to find out when you’re not at home – and when they can steal your stuff if you’re away. Selfies Give Criminals a Treasure Map to your Stuff Criminals love easy targets. That’s why some smarter criminals study a potential target’s patterns of behavior. They record where a target visits and when that person is away from home, creating an optimal window of opportunity when a target isn’t likely to interfere with a break-in. In the past, this

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Innovation eases pain for mail theft victims

Innovation eases pain for mail theft victims

When a thief uses extreme force to rip open a cluster box unit to steal mail, owners of that mail typically have no way of knowing what was stolen. Not anymore. Innovation eases pain for mail theft victims The Postal Service recently released a new feature called Informed Delivery. Informed Delivery is a free service that offers customers the opportunity to see what’s arriving soon in the mail before items are delivered. Once signed up for the optional program, a participant will receive grayscale images of the outside of his or her letter-sized mail pieces in an email. After reviewing these

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Protecting Credit Cards from Identity Theft

Protecting Credit Cards from Identity Theft

The convenience of modern digital commerce comes with an unfortunate side effect: it makes identity theft more convenient as well.  The 2017 Identity Fraud Study, released by Javelin Strategy & Research, found that $16 billion was stolen from 15.4 million U.S. consumers in 2016, compared with $15.3 billion and 13.1 million victims a year earlier. In the past six years identity thieves have stolen over $107 billion. Protecting Credit Cards from Identity Theft In the end, the fraud affects you and your creditors and card issuers directly, but your stolen card information can generate multiple transactions before you even see a dime

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Friendly Scammers Preying on Seniors

Friendly Scammers Preying on Seniors

With friends like these, who needs enemies? Most people wouldn’t want to become friends with someone who is trying to rip them off. Yet, every day, people hand over their hard-earned money to strangers who’ve become good friends – within the timespan of a single telephone call. How is this possible? Friendly Scammers Preying on Seniors Some criminals use aggressive, threatening tactics to steal money from victims over the phone. It’s easy to identify these scoundrels as enemies, people who want to cause financial harm to other people. But what about someone who calls pretending to be a friend? Friendly Scammers Preying

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How Identity Theft Affects Taxes

How Identity Theft Affects Taxes

Precautions You Can Take Right Now When your identity is stolen, you have so many potential issues to deal with — changing passwords, closing accounts, dealing with fraudulent charges, and placing fraud alerts with the credit bureaus — that you may forget about potential tax fraud. Armed with your personal information, identity thieves can file a fraudulent tax return in your name and receive a refund before you realize your information has been compromised. Sometimes taxpayers are unaware of the breach until they have problems filing their taxes. How Identity Theft Affects Taxes What do you do if you fall victim to tax-related identity theft? Start

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Benefits of Seniors Having a Fraud Alert

Benefits of Seniors Having a Fraud Alert

With higher credit scores and large nest eggs, seniors are particularly susceptible to financial fraud. According to an article in Time, almost 40 percent of seniors have been victims. While most people are aware of scams, few imagine that they could be a victim. However, it’s smart to be vigilant at all times. A fraud alert can help you feel safer, so think about whether it’s right for you. Benefits of Seniors Having a Fraud Alert What Is a Fraud Alert? A fraud alert flags your account with the credit bureaus so that they can be on the lookout for suspicious

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Preventing Fake Apps from Stealing your Identity

Fun Apps for Elders

  Fake apps are in every app store. These forgeries are near mirror images of popular apps and often have similar logos, color schemes, and names as the apps they’re trying to mimic. If you inadvertently download one onto your device, your personal information could be at risk. Preventing Fake Apps from Stealing your Identity What’s the harm in downloading a fake app? Fake apps can bombard downloaders with an avalanche of ads, more so than the real apps. Fake apps can gain access to personal information from a downloader’s device, including contact lists, photos, videos, and any websites a person

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5 Phases of a Scammer's Attack

5 Phases of a Scammer's Attack

The five phases of a scammer’s attack and how to avoid them On a recent trip to New York, I had the chance to walk around and absorb the complexity that is Times Square. The area was bustling with tourists, street performers, bright lights, and plenty of cars jockeying for position along the narrow, construction-laden streets. Among the tall buildings and bounding characters, there were individuals seeking free cash under the guise of offering free information. For you, I engaged one of these individuals in conversation to find out more about the pitch. 5 Phases of a Scammer's Attack The man

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Preventing Holiday Shopping Identity Theft

Preventing Holiday Shopping Identity Theft

  As if you didn’t have enough to worry about this December, tried-and-true senior scams ramp up during the holidays, according to a 2015 blog post from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Fortunately, you can take steps to protect yourself — particularly as you work to cross everything off of your loved ones’ wish list. Here are some ways seniors can keep their identity safe while holiday shopping. Preventing Holiday Shopping Identity Theft Never Trust, Always Verify It’s a good idea to question any phone call you get from telemarketers this holiday shopping season — even if it seems to be

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