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10 Identity Protection Tools and Measures You Can Use

Published: September 17, 2021

There might not be a way to completely protect yourself from identity theft short of living completely off the grid. And even that might not be enough. Thieves love low-hanging fruit, however, and putting up your defenses can make you a more difficult - and therefore less appealing - target. Here are different tools you can use and actions you can take to help protect yourself from identity theft.

Online Car-Buying Scams to Watch Out For

Published: August 17, 2021

Online car-buying scams come in the form of fake ads, gift card ripoffs, fraudulent wire transfers, title washing, "curbstoning," identity theft, fake escrows, payment plans and phony checks. The financial toll of these scams adds up to millions of dollars a year. Here's what you can do to save yourself the trouble.

Scam Alert: How to Spot a Bogus Job

Published: July 28, 2021

Lots of us grew accustomed to commute-free jobs during the pandemic and are hoping to find a way to continue to work from home. Scammers hoping to capitalize on that are taking elaborate measures - as far as fake interviews and background checks - to get people's personal data and/or money.

How to Stay Safe While Shopping on Your Cellphone

Published: July 21, 2021

If you're using your phone to shop more often these days, you're not alone. Since COVID-19 restrictions inspired a surge in mobile shopping over the past year or so, using your phone to buy groceries, place a pickup or delivery order, or access a retailer's dedicated app to buy stretchy pants is now a routine occurrence. But is it safe? With a little caution and a lot of care, it can be.

Scam Alert: Child Tax Credit Is Automatic; No Need to Apply

Published: June 29, 2021

It almost sounds too good to be true: Most families with kids will start receiving monthly checks for up to $300 per child this summer, starting in mid-July and continuing through December. And they don?t have to do anything, except perhaps keep the money safe from scammers.

Elder Fraud: A Guide for Seniors, Caregivers, and Relatives

Published: May 21, 2021

This guide explains more about what elder fraud is, why the elderly are targeted in scams, and what you can do to prevent elder fraud.

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