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Invention Promotion Scams

Dishonest invention promoters lie about the profit potential of your invention to get you to pay for expensive, but often useless, services. Here’s what you need to know to avoid an invention promotion scam.

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Avoiding Scams To Lower Your Credit Card Interest Rate

Some scammy debt relief companies will say just about anything to get your money. They promise to get you a lower credit card interest rate, claiming to be able to save you thousands of dollars but they don't have special connections to do that.

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How To Safely Use Public Wi-Fi Networks

Wi-Fi hotspots in coffee shops, libraries, airports, hotels, universities, and other public places are convenient, but often they’re not secure. If you connect to a Wi-Fi network and send information through websites or mobile apps, someone else might be able to see it.

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FBI Warns of Bank Fraud Smishing Campaign

The FBI has warned of a smishing campaign that’s targeting people in the US with phony bank fraud notifications. The text messages inform users that someone has attempted to initiate a money transfer on their account.

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How Hackers Get Your Passwords and How To Defend Yourself

Despite the world’s best efforts to get everyone off passwords and onto something else (e.g., MFA, passwordless authentication, biometrics, zero trust, etc.) for decades, passwords have pervasively persisted. Today, nearly everyone has multiple forms of MFA for different applications and websites AND many, many passwords.

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How To Recover Your Hacked Email or Social Media Account

There are lots of ways to protect your personal information and data from scammers. But what happens if your email or social media account gets hacked? Here are some quick steps to help you recover your email or social media account.

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Stressful Life Events May Increase Our Susceptibility to Fraud

Technology and business sophistication have moved scam operations from the hands of small-time crooks into a booming, multibillion-dollar transnational industry. As a result, scam artists are now able to reach millions of targets within minutes.

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Don't Get Hooked Updating That Security Certificate

As if it isn’t difficult enough to determine if a website is legitimate or not, a new phishing technique is going to be keeping us all on our toes now.

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Reject A Job Or Money-Making Scam Offer

Financial Literacy Month is a good time to talk about earning, managing, and saving your money. Are you searching for a new job, investment, or business opportunity to boost your financial well-being?

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How To Recognize, Remove, and Avoid Malware

Malware is one of the biggest threats to the security of your computer, tablet, phone, and other devices. Malware includes viruses, spyware, ransomware, and other unwanted software that gets secretly installed onto your device.

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Legit QR Reader App Gets Malicious Update From TeaBot Banking Trojan

It seems QR squares and barcodes are everywhere. They are chock-full of information available with a quick scan. As a result, countless QR code reader apps are a hot item for download by smartphone users on Google Play Store...

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Smishing Scams Abuse Name of Legitimate Ukrainian Charity

Researchers at Trend Micro have spotted yet another scam taking advantage of the crisis in Ukraine by impersonating a legitimate charity. In this case, the scammers are posing as the relief organization Mercury One, attempting to steal money and personal information.

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Did you use Western Union to pay a scammer?

Refunds are still available to people who were tricked into wiring money to scammers through Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017. If you didn’t file a claim for a refund yet, you have until July 1, 2022 to file.

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Social Media Free Giveaway Scams Come With Hefty Costs

That $750 you were promised for filling out a survey was never intended to be paid but is in fact a giveaway scam you just fell for. You may think there’s no real harm in filling out a bogus survey

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How To Protect Your Phone and the Data on It

Your cell phone holds some of your most sensitive, personal information. Things like your passwords and account numbers, emails, text messages, photos, and videos.

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Password Checklist

Passwords are the locks on your account doors. You keep lots of personal information in your online accounts, including your email, bank account, and your tax returns, so you want good protections in place.

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