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  • Tax fraud

    Yes, You Still Need To Be on the Lookout for Tax Scams

    Column Identity Theft 

    You may have easily missed a major piece of news that broke last week amid the media-feeding frenzy generated by the release of Donald Trump’s “Access Hollywood” tapes and Hillary Clinton’s Wikileaked Wall Street speeches. Authorities in India busted nine — yes, nine — bogus IRS call centers, arresting 70 people on suspicion of tricking (and often scaring) Americans into sending money to settle “pressing” but nonexistent tax bills. The victory certainly wasn’t as historic […]

  • 3 Things That Make You More Likely to Be a Fraud Victim

    Identity Theft 

    Using social networks and sharing personal information online can dramatically increase your risk for fraud, a new study has found. It makes sense that consumers who disclose the most about themselves online are at greater risk of becoming fraud victims. But the study claims their increased risk is probably more dramatic than you’d think, and it identifies three online habits that directly lead to higher odds consumers will suffer fraud. ID Analytics, a fraud-fighting firm, […]

  • Credit Card Interest Rate

    Your Credit Card Can Keep You From Getting Ripped Off. Here’s How.

    Personal Finance 

    When most people think of the value that credit cards offer, they first think of its power as a method of payment, and the ability to earn rewards. But some of the most valuable features of your credit card are its purchase protection policies. These policies can protect you, for instance, when your shiny new phone gets stolen, that camera you bought online arrives broken or your computer breaks just outside its warranty. Unfortunately, most […]

  • Donald Trump

    Does Donald Trump Have A HUGE Credit Score?

    Politics credit 

    In the media world, something unprecedented happened last week. Arguably, the most neutral media property in the land, USA Today, ran an editorial entitled, “Trump is ‘unfit for the presidency,’ ” with an explainer (in case the message wasn’t sufficiently clear): “The Editorial Board has never taken sides in the presidential race. We’re doing it now.” This, oddly enough, got me thinking about Mr. Trump’s credit … not his business credit. His personal credit, i.e., […]

  • cyber warfare

    Cyber warfare will be battleground for next U.S. president

    Politics Technology 

    When presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump debated America’s cyber war capabilities last week, the global cybersecurity community strained hard to read between the lines. The Democratic candidate, in particular, alluded to a notion rarely discussed in public forums: that Uncle Sam does, indeed, possess a very big cyber stick and is prepared, at any moment, to wield it as necessary. “We are not going to sit idly by and permit state actors to […]

  • Credit Card

    Americans Have Had Chip Cards for a Year. Here’s How It’s Going So Far

    Consumer Protection credit 

    A new rule imposed by the credit card associations took effect Oct. 1, 2015, mandating that merchants accept chip cards or face increased liability for fraud. The date passed last year with a lot of fanfare and considerable frustration; many smaller merchants complained they weren’t ready. Chip cards had been available for more than a decade, but the U.S. had long been a laggard — until a string of high-profile card database thefts, beginning with […]

  • social security

    7 Things To Do if Your Social Security Number is Compromised

    Government Identity Theft 

    If you clicked here just to confirm that you have nothing to worry about, sorry – there’s plenty to worry about. This is the part in the movie when the doctor takes off her mask and gloves with a defeated sigh and delivers the dreaded news: something went horribly wrong — and we’re all potentially the patient she’s talking about. You should have already done what I am about to tell you because there’s a […]

  • Wells Fargo Fraud

    Wells Fargo Execs to Give Back Some of Their Millions Following Fake Account Scandal

    Banking 

    The Wells Fargo sales scandal will cost chairman and chief executive John Stumpf $41 million and former community banking supervisor Carrie Tolstedt $19 million, as per a decision made by the bank’s board announced on Tuesday. The money will come from the executives’ unvested equity awards through a clawback process. For Stumpf, the $41 million is about 25% of the compensation he received during his 35 years at the bank, the Wall Street Journal said; he […]

  • Credit Card Mistake

    Major Title Loan Lender TMX Finance to Pay $9M for Misleading Customers

    Consumer Protection Personal Finance 

    One of the nation’s largest title loan firms was fined $9 million for misleading consumers about their cost of borrowing, federal regulators said Monday. TMX Finance, the parent company of TitleMax, allegedly tricked borrowers into taking out longer-term, more expensive loans, and also used illegal debt collection tactics, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The firm was ordered to stop the illegal tactics. TMX, in a statement, said it settled the case without admitting […]

  • Data Breach

    Without better security, massive Yahoo hack could be the new norm

    Data Security Technology 

    Stronger authentication, less dependence on passwords needed to thwart wide-scale data breaches It’s not the big one, but it’s close. Yahoo confirmed long-suspected reports that a hacker had accessed millions of customer passwords. The number, however, is a bit shocking even to a reporter who’s been writing this same story for the past 10 years. Five hundred million. For many years, I’ve prepared myself to report on a very, very large-scale data compromise that would […]

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