Don’t Get Caught In A Free Trial Scam!

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Free Trial Scam

There’s hardly a “free trial” that won’t cost you big.  The FTC is warning of an uptick in free trial scams, which come in several shapes and sizes. Here are some of the most common free trial scams: Hidden fees In one such scam, a company aggressively advertised “free trials” for skin care products, dietary supplements and e-cigarettes on various …

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 trick them into granting the scammer access to their computers. The crooks may reach out to people through a phone call. They’ll insist that the victims have a virus or another problem they’ve somehow detected from the company’s headquarters. Or, they’ll …

How To Keep Your Guard Up Against The Newest Scams

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It seems like there’s a new data leak or identity theft trick to be worried about every week. If you’re not informed, you risk becoming a victim. Sitting back and waiting for news about scams to come to you may not be enough. In an ever-changing security climate, you need to stay on top of new threats in personal information …

Avoiding The ‘Catfish’ And Other Heartless Scams – Financial Safety On Dating Sites

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Meeting new people is difficult for many adults. Fortunately, though, there’s the internet. Dating sites like eHarmony and Match.com make it easier than ever to find other people who are looking for the same thing you seek. Unfortunately, that same ease of connection makes online dating sites a haven for scammers. Using the information you provide, they can craft a …

Students Beware: Scammers Prey On Learners Of All Ages

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As if college wasn’t stressful enough, here’s another thing for students to worry about: being on high alert for scams. For many young people, college is the first taste of financial independence; scammers prey on this naivete. Also, the expense of college gives students financial pressure, which becomes ammunition for scammers. Read on to discover three tricks criminals use to …

ATM Fraud On The Rise: Staying Safe While Getting Cash

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Scammers are everywhere in web-based commerce. You might think you’re safe using cash, but scammers wait in one location you can’t avoid: the ATM. ATM fraud is an old concern, but technological advances mean consumers need to be even more aware. Be cautious of the following: 1.) ATMs in weird locations Cash is convenient. While it’s tempting to use whatever …