Don’t Fall Prey to Holiday Scams
Be on the lookout this holiday season. Don’t let the hunt for that perfect toy lead you into falling prey to a scam! The “Secret Sister” gift exchange is back too. It’s still illegal to participate, but now there’s a social media twist. We’ve got the info you need to stay safe!
Read on to learn how to keep your money and your identity safe, and jingle all the way to a happy holiday!
How To Dispute An Error On Your Credit Card Report
Sometimes you may find an error in your credit card report. It might be a sharp decline in your score when you know you haven’t changed your spending or bill-paying habits, a large transaction you’re sure you’ve never made or an unfamiliar line of credit. While it can be disconcerting to find a mistake in your credit report, the good news is you can contest errors like these and fix your score.
Read on to learn all of our tips on how to dispute an error on your credit card report:
One Simple Step to Better Protect Yourself Online
You've installed virus protection on your computer, but have you done everything possible to protect yourself? An updated browser offers protection against the most recent scams, phishing attacks, viruses, Trojans, and more. Newer browsers have security patches that may not be present in your older browser.
Read more about protecting yourself online.
Student Loan Scams
College students, take note! If keeping up with your coursework, acing your exams and scrambling to hand in every term paper before the deadline weren’t enough, you now have something else to worry about: Student loan scams are on the rise. Scammers know you hate owing tens of thousands of dollars, so they’re quick to offer you an easy — but completely bogus — way to free yourself from that debt. Or, they might falsely claim you owe the feds taxes on your debt. If you’re already stressed about your student loans, that makes you an easy target.
Don’t get scammed! All it takes is a lack of knowledge and a small blunder to be out thousands of dollars.
All You Need to Know About Facebook's Latest Bug
Last month, Facebook announced that its internal team found a photo API bug in the social media platform which may have exposed the unshared photos of 6.8 million users.
Read on for all you need to know about the recent Facebook bug.
Credit Card Fraud in Fives
No one wants to be the victim of credit fraud. Aside from the stolen money you may never recover, victims of fraud can be faced with an enormous hassle. That hassle involves the closing of accounts, putting a fraud alert on your credit and a huge ding on your credit history, which can be difficult to fix.
Beware the Blackmailing Scam
Blackmail and extortion are some of the oldest tricks in the book — because they work. That’s why a fresh wave of these scams hit the internet last month, ensnaring dozens of victims. Here’s what you need to know about these scams.
How it works
Look Before You Pump! Don't Get Skimmed at the Gas Station
Gas-pump skimming is an old crime making a comeback, and your card may be at risk. Since skimmer devices are almost invisible, they can be difficult to spot. And Bluetooth technology lets the scammer remotely obtain the info it collects from as far as 100 yards away.
Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Tokenization: How to Stay Safe With the Wallet of the Future
Left your wallet at home? No worries; you can still pay for those purchases! Just use your phone.
Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and other mobile wallets are revolutionizing the checkout experience by blending two developments in payment infrastructure to save you time: near-field communication (NFC) and token encryption.
All You Need To Know About The Ticketmaster Breach
Hackers are at it again! This time, they're skimming information on third-party sites in what may be the largest credit breach ever.
Beware of Social Media Scams
Over the last few years, social media scams have exploded, with fake Twitter and Facebook profiles increasing by 100% in just one year. That also means there are several types of social media scams, most which involve a phishing scheme component.
Phone Cloning and Digital Self Defense
Did you know it’s possible to clone a phone? It involves copying the identity of one phone to another. In fact, in today’s digital world, when we use them for everything from ordering an Uber to paying for purchases, mobile phones can be a major source of security breaches. And as frightening as it sounds, the only thing a hacker needs to launch a major attack is your phone number.
Beware of Banking Scams
There’s been a recent uptick in banking scams where criminals pose as representatives of the victim’s financial institution, thereby obtaining sensitive information. The scammers use the credit union’s social media account or likeness to appear authentic.
Beware of Scams! Give Your Kids Tools For Standing Up To Con Artists
The world is a big and beautiful place.
Unfortunately, it is also filled with unethical people who are trying to take advantage of the innocent and the naive at every turn.
Beware Of Fake Checks! 3 Tips To Protect Yourself From The Latest Scam
Personal checks look simple and innocent. Recently, though, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and other agencies have warned about increases in fake check scams.
There are several variations of the scam, and they all end with you losing thousands of dollars.
Going Away For The Holidays? Don’t Announce It Online Until You’re Back
It’s better to be safe than sorry.
ATM Fraud On The Rise: Staying Safe While Getting Cash
Scammers are everywhere in web-based commerce