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Your Equifax Download: What You Need to Know about the Equifax Hack

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Everyone knows a mosquito bite doesn’t really start itching until the damage has already been done, and the same goes for many kinds of identity-related crimes. With news of the recent Equifax breach continuing to surface, what do you need to know now to limit your exposure? Equifax has estimated the hack impacts 143 million people, mostly in the United States. (That’s almost half the US population!) The thieves stole names, Social Security numbers, birth […]

  • How to Avoid Scams in the Wake of the StormSwiped, Identity Theft

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    You’ve seen the dramatic footage of rescues and calamities, shots of stranded families, pets, and wildlife—even giant carp—and you’ve probably had the same reaction many other Americans had the past few weeks: “How can I help?” There are myriad ways you can ease the suffering and hardship being experienced in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, but there are also a number of pitfalls to watch out for. It is quite easy to fall prey to […]

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    The Cyber Attacks Are Going to Get Worse, But You Can Beat ThemData Security, Swiped

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    If you didn’t like WannaCry, you’re really going to hate the sequel. Like the Godfather and Star Wars movie franchises, the second installment of “the world gets its bell rung by ransomware” is way better than the original. In the May WannaCry ransomware attack, users running obsolete versions of Microsoft software were affected in more than 150 countries with a purloined N.S.A.-designed exploit that let hackers encrypt files and demand a fee to restore access to them, paid […]

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    Here’s How to Make Sure You Don’t Fall for the Latest Tax ScamSwiped, Identity Theft

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    True or False: The time for IRS-related swindles and scams is behind us — until next tax season. If you’re still reading this, you probably guessed “false.” And yep, it’s sad but true: Those pesky swindlers are still at it. Normally, when summer arrives with its parade of warm days and fewer demands on our attention, there is a quiet month or so when very little happens in the way of IRS-related activities (quarterly payments […]

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    Are You Hack-Proof? Here’s How to Make SureSwiped, Cybersecurity, Technology

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    While the writing has been on the wall for a long time, last Friday it was in the news wires when a new strain of ransomware called WannaCrypt raged like an out-of-control wildfire across Europe and Asia, ultimately impacting computers in 150 countries. For many affected by this hack, a few hundred dollars in ransom money is a pittance when compared to the cost of hiring someone to attempt the recovery of your files after […]

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    6 Easter Scams You Want to AvoidConsumer Protection, Swiped

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    Easter is a time for family, colorful parties and egg hunts, but sadly it also attracts scam artists looking to make a quick buck during the high-fructose corn syrup free-for-all. There are all stripes of Eastertime cons and scams waiting for you if you’re not paying attention — or even if you are. Some don’t really qualify as scams, whether we’re talking about those colorful plastic eggs for storing treats, sometimes loaded with lead paint, […]

  • INFOGRAPHIC: Is Your Lover a Con Artist? How to avoid catfishing on Valentine’s DayData Security, Infographic, Swiped, Cybersecurity, Catphishing, Identity Theft

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    Have you had any horrible online dating stories? Did you ever meet someone online you wish you hadn’t?  Share #YourBestCatfishStory! The winning catfishing story will be featured in Adam Levin’s Huffington Post column! Did you hear about the guy from Bucksnort, Tennessee, who sent a catfisher his life savings after a steamy back-and-forth on a popular dating app? The amount he lost was $4,395.45, which was the supposed cost of airfare and visa expedition for the victim’s […]

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    5 Ways to Avoid Getting Catfished This Valentine’s DaySwiped, Cybersecurity

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    Did you hear about the guy from Bucksnort, Tennessee, who sent a catfisher his life savings after a steamy back-and-forth on a popular dating app? The amount lost: $4,395.45, which was the supposed cost of airfare and visa expedition for the victim’s true love to get from Kiev, Ukraine. If you think you did hear about it, you’re mistaken, because I made it up. The reason I did that: Too many catfishing scams go unreported. […]

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    The Issue With Nixing the Affordable Care Act That No One Is Talking AboutSwiped, Identity Theft

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    Ok, gentlemen, all set: Never mind his crowd-favorite pledge to build the Great Wall of Mexico with a “big, fat door,” President Donald Trump’s cornucopia of campaign promises included many a forgettable vow. But you had to be whale-spotting from a lily pad on Loon Lake to miss the president’s pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). What may not be as obvious is the effect that such a move could have on crime […]

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    How to Scam-Proof Your TaxesSwiped, Personal Finance, Identity Theft

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    This may not be what you want to hear this week, but it is entirely possible the Internal Revenue Service already has your tax return for 2016. If this is news to you, and it turns out to be true in your case, you’ve been scammed. As a result, your refund could be sent to an identity thief in a few weeks, and it’s unlikely anything can stop that from happening. Unfortunately, tax refund fraud is a […]

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