If you have not filed your tax return yet, the deadline is looming. If you have filed already, you are probably still very aware of the date as you anxiously await your return. Whether you have filed or not, there is a good chance you have encountered one or two tax scams this year or […]

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is the U.S. government agency tasked with protecting consumers. Whether it is issuing warnings and recalls about dangerous products, policing companies for misleading advertising or helping write regulations in regards to harmful products, the FTC is certainly the unsung hero that protects all of us on a daily basis. The […]

Of all the user-centric, social media websites on the internet, it is possible that none has faced as much intense public and government scrutiny as Facebook. Apart from various bugs, glitches, and possible hacking attempts the company has endured since its launch, governments around the world have taken the website and its founder to task […]

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and parties and parades are already in the final planning stages around the country. But there’s another major plan in the works, one that has nothing to do with this fun festival and everything to do with separating you from your money. A lottery scam is still […]

The federal government shutdown is affecting hundreds of thousands of employees and their families, but other victims stand to be harmed as well. While the government and its agencies handle the employees and continued services for the duration, criminals have been busy contacting consumers with plausible shutdown-related scams. One law enforcement agency has already alerted […]

If you pulled up in your driveway and saw an orange extension cord running from your exterior outlet to your neighbor’s house, you might have something to say about it. If your neighbors ran a long wire to your cable box to steal your cable, you would probably do something about that as well. But […]

Wouldn’t it be nice if criminals took a break for the holidays, leaving the rest of us to enjoy our celebrations without the worry of scams and fraud? Unfortunately, they don’t slow down at this time of year, and if anything, scammers actually ramp up their activity to take advantage of unsuspecting consumers. Luckily, you […]

As the holidays approach, savvy consumers should already be on the lookout for scams and fraud. But what about at work? Do you know how to avoid one of the newest twists on an old scam? Boss phishing—sometimes called CEO phishing or spearphishing, since the message appears to come from someone high up in the […]

Identity theft and security experts have warned for years that consumers need to stay on top of the latest news about scams and fraud in order to protect themselves. But there’s no need to keep those details a secret! A retail employee in Illinois saved the day when she and other workers stopped a senior […]

The U.S. government began changing the information that Medicare cards contain, and not a moment too soon. Ever since the program was created in 1965, Medicare’s familiar red-white-and-blue paper identification contained the beneficiaries’ Social Security numbers. Even handing your card over in a doctor’s office or pharmacy could lead to identity theft and fraud, let […]