Beware Tech Support Scams!

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Tech Support Scams

Tech support scams are some of the most nefarious forms of hacks. In these scams, fraudsters contact victims and attempt to trick them into granting access to their computers. The crooks reach out to people through a fear-mongering phone call or by sending a popup to the victim’s computer, warning of an impending or existing virus that can be “fixed” …

Debit Card Safety

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Debit Card Safety

How do you pay for your purchases? It may be instinct for you to pull out any piece of plastic without thinking, but your random card of choice might not be the safest way to pay. Let’s explore when and how to use your debit card. Credit and debit: How are they different? Appearances aside, your credit and debit cards …

All You Need To Know About Smishing Scams

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smishing scam

Text messaging has come under attack as one of the most vulnerable mediums for identity theft and more. Here’s what you need to know about an SMS message-based scam called “smishing.” How it works Smishing scams use text messages to establish contact with the intended victim to later access their personal information. The scam begins with a supposedly urgent text …

7 Ways To Spot A Loan Scam

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Loan Scam

Your credit’s trending the wrong way and you’re desperate for a loan. Unfortunately, though, it seems that no reputable institution is willing to work with you – and the few that are offer very unforgiving terms. Then you see it: an ad for an easy loan for which almost anyone can qualify. Plus, there’s the promise of great terms and …

The Best Way To Finance A Home Improvement Project

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Home Improvement Plans

Are you looking to remodel your kitchen or finally add that pool or deck you’ve always wanted? With no finance fees or interest payments, paying cash for a home improvement project is clearly the best option. However, if you don’t have enough in savings to cover a large home improvement project or worse yet, an unexpected major repair such as …