The internet is a great tool in many ways, but it is also filled with privacy pitfalls. Overexposed information from data breaches are now the third certainty but background check websites are a legal, affordable and easy way for someone to collect a lot of your personal information. With the right pieces of the puzzle, […]

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Unsolicited phone calls with recorded messages, known as robocalls, have been a nuisance probably since the invention of the telephone. And they’re getting worse. In fact, in a single one-month period this year, there were more than 4.7 billion robocalls placed to U.S. phone numbers. While the telemarketers of yesteryear were certainly annoying, today’s threat […]

A new American Express phishing attack that specifically targeted American Express cardholders is unlike other attacks, according to security researchers. It contains a sophisticated method of harming the recipient that experts are not as familiar with. Phishing attacks are nothing new. They arrive as emails, texts, social media messages or phone calls that appear to […]

What It Is Scammers are looking to cash in on the buzz surrounding the Equifax data breach, specifically the ability for consumers to check their data and file a claim if they were affected. Who It Is Targeting Any consumers who may have had their information stolen in the Equifax breach could be at risk […]

There are countless moving parts when it comes to planning your wedding, and many of those parameters can lead to scams and fraud. Wedding scams can turn your dream day can turn into a nightmare. Say yes to the dress but no to scams. Wedding dresses that do not look like they did online and […]

Savvy online shoppers look forward to the veritable Christmas in July that is Amazon Prime Day, but scammers look forward to this event too. Amazon scams account for a significant percentage of internet retail fraud so it is important that consumers know what to look for. Armed with the ability to spot an Amazon scam, […]

VPN Computer Business

A virtual private network (VPN) is a digital tool that keeps outsiders, such as hackers, identity thieves, spammers and even advertisers from seeing your online activity. VPN is an installed piece of software on your laptop or desktop that is either stand-alone or bundled with your antivirus or security software. For mobile devices, VPN can […]

Gift card scams are nothing new, but there is a new avenue for thieves to go after your money. While criminals have long relied on prepaid debit cards or iTunes gift cards for everything from IRS scams to fake online buying and selling, the latest “currency” is Google Play cards. As a result, Google Play […]

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Pass the sunscreen and umbrella because summer is here! Consumers are not the only ones who are happy to throw off those long sleeves and head out into the sunshine. Scammers also look forward to warmer weather in order to target victims with very specific summer scams.   Employment Scams Teachers, bus drivers, college students, […]

In one of the most ironic twists to come along in identity theft-based crime, there is a new scam attempt making the rounds, one that works so well because it tries to protect you from – you guessed it – identity theft. According to one victim’s story, criminals posed as members of government agencies and […]