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August 29, 2016
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There are lots of good reasons to follow companies on social media — to gain insight into the brand’s priorities, learn about deals, seek inspiration, get behind-the-scenes looks, berate them for bad customer service, and so on. But who you follow on social media isn’t always private, and there are people out there who will use who you follow to try and steal your money.

A new report from ZeroFOX, a security technology company...

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August 16, 2016
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It doesn’t matter how much of a morning person you are: No one enjoys answering an unexpected knock on the door at 7 a.m., let alone from someone you don’t know. Now imagine the stranger is there to tell you you’re being sued over a debt that isn’t yours. That’s a rough way to start the day.

For Rich Snapp, that was the morning of Sept. 16, 2015. It was a bad Wednesday, but it was just the beginning of a bizarre and frustrating...

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April 14, 2016
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If you still have the “it’ll never happen to me” perspective on fraud, here’s a stat that might persuade you to change your view: ATM card skimming incidents increased 546% from 2014 to 2015.

That figure comes from financial analytics company FICO and its FICO Card Alert Service software, which is designed to detect fraud resulting from things like debit and credit card skimming.

Unless you want to go to a physical bank branch, wait in line and work with a teller to make a...

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February 22, 2016
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If you lose your wallet, the best case scenario is you get it back, no harm done. One New Yorker’s missing-wallet story is even better than that, because the person who found it returned his credit cards and driver’s license, along with a note explaining his intentions behind keeping everything else. The note is comical in its honesty, which is probably why it went viral.

Reilley Flaherty,...

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February 16, 2016
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Scammers are targeting taxpayers by sending TurboTax customers fake emails designed to steal people’s personal and account information, according to a Feb. 4 announcement by Intuit, the parent company of the do-it-yourself tax software.

Intuit said the email mimicks the company’s brand and tells recipients they need to confirm their accounts. Here’s what part of the...

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February 1, 2016
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Reports of identity theft shot up in 2015, largely driven by an increase in tax- and wage-related fraud, according to the Federal Trade Commission. People made 490,220 identity theft complaints to the FTC in 2015, up from 332,647 (a 47 percent increase) in 2014 and 290,102...

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January 25, 2016
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Your Uber account is about 17 times more valuable to a hacker than your credit card credentials, according to a report security company Trend Micro compiled for CNBC. They found that stolen Uber credentials sell for an average of $3.78 per account on underground online...

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January 19, 2016
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Many people find out their identities have been stolen when they try to file their taxes and discover someone has already used their Social Security number to get a fraudulent tax refund. In what could be considered a best-case scenario, victims of taxpayer identity theft end up dealing with an especially laborious tax-filing process and a delayed refund.

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September 28, 2015
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Roughly one in six American job seekers have fallen for a scam when searching for work online, but victims are much more likely to be among the youngest Americans in the U.S. workforce, according to a recent survey. Considering that young people are generally seen to be more Internet-savvy than older people, it’s interesting that they’re more...

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August 27, 2015
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Thieves don’t need much time to do a lot of damage. A woman whose wallet was stolen earlier in August while grocery shopping in Nashville learned this firsthand: Between the time she entered the store with her wallet and when she got to the cash register without it, someone had spent $18,000 on her credit card, reports...

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