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June 21, 2017
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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 being the only thing you might expect on a list of tax-...

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June 21, 2017
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Summer’s here and the time is right for getting hacked or worse, having the contents of your computer held hostage by ransomware. For a couple of carefree and extreme data-consuming months, kids everywhere will be doing whatever they want online even if you’ve tried to control them.

In other words, be very afraid.

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June 15, 2017
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Weddings require many important decisions and the wrong call can mean the difference between an unforgettable wonderful day and a day that makes you angry every time you think about it.

The often unreasonably high expectations of families and friends and at least one spouse-to-be only makes matters more fraught. With such a high level of stress, it’s only a matter of luck that mistakes don’t get made. Scam artists are counting...

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June 12, 2017
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Have you ever been on a website and noticed the site owner or another user has written out their email address in some variation of the following?

Name (at) domain dot com

If you wondered if the person was just averse to using symbols, you may be interested to know it’s actually a decent method for reducing unwanted spam emails and protecting yourself from possible phishing scams and even ...

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June 7, 2017
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You may now add Miley Cyrus, Emma Watson and Amanda Seyfried to the pool of celebrities who’ve been hacked and publicly humiliated. No doubt, other high-profile individuals will follow.

It’s a reminder that “high net worth individuals,” or...

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June 7, 2017
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Getting ready for some new summer looks? Start early and look no further than your wallet or handbag. 

We’re all moving so fast that it’s easy to let receipts and other IDs and documentation accumulate. Don’t be a George Costanza with an exploding wallet. Limit what you store in a wallet and handbag. Try to carry only what you need on a daily basis. Keep a record of what you carry in a secure place at home, so that you’ll know what to replace if it is lost or stolen. Be sure to leave...

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June 1, 2017
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A recent Experian study found that most people still have a lot to learn about the risk of identity theft. The majority of those surveyed felt like they were safe from identity theft, but not for the right reasons. The most popular misconception was that scammers, phishers and identity thieves only target the rich and possibly famous.

In reality, identity thieves target low-hanging fruit. To an identity thief, we’re all Kim...

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May 26, 2017
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As the weather gets warmer, mosquitos and ticks re-enter our lives, and along with them comes their larger cousin, the scam artist. There are ways to prepare for those seasonal meal stealers. The same goes for scams, as knowledge is the best repellent.

Ticks and mosquitos aren’t harmless—they are well-known vectors for serious illnesses. Scam artists also are vectors for a plague that affects millions of people each year: ...

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May 23, 2017
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Summers are always a popular time for moving. Whether you're a recent college graduate or a snowbird headed back up north, the warm weather is a time when many people change their address. However, moving puts the security of documents containing personal identifying information at risk of identity theft.

Protecting your identity during a move is actually easier than protecting your fragile belongings, but protecting against...

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May 18, 2017
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While the writing has been on the wall for a long time, on Friday, May 12, a new strain of ransomware called WannaCrypt, also known as WannaCry, 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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