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4 Scams to Watch Out for This Black Friday

Thanks to supply chain issues, Black Friday will be a little different this year, but the scammers will still be around every corner. Find out how to spot them and steer clear. Stay Safe and Happy Holidays! Continue reading
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Scam Alert: Beware of Child Tax Credit Scams

The IRS is about to start issuing Child Tax Credit money, so of course the scent of government money draws scammers like flies. If you're eligible for the CTC, you don't have to do anything to get it. However, the IRS will have two online portals to update your personal information or income, and of course that's one of the ways the scammers will come after you. Continue reading
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Beware of Stimulus and Tax Scams

This year is an absolute bonanza for scam artists, with tax filing season happening while stimulus checks are flowing out to almost every American. There’s so much government paper flying around that it’s easy for them to snare a few (or a few thousand) unwary victims. Don’t be one! Continue reading
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Scammers Know Everyone Wants a Cute New Fur Baby

If you’ve decided it’s time to welcome a new puppy or kitten into your home, you could fall victim to a pet scam. These usually happen online, where low prices will hide extra “fees” and expenses that will drive the price up, and the pet may not even exist. Continue reading
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5 Steps to Take After Being Hacked

So, you’ve been hacked! Welcome to the 21st century, when it seems like this happens to us all. Follow these 5 steps to help repair damage done by hackers. Continue reading
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You Might Be Talking to a Tax Scammer

Every year, tax scams come out of the woodwork. If a caller or emailer says that you have to buy any kind of prepaid card to settle a tax debt or resolve identity theft, you’re getting scammed. If you think you’ve been a target of a tax scam, fight back by contacting the IRS, FTC or Social Security Administration. Stay safe this tax season. Continue reading
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ATM Safety Tips

Using an ATM has become a routine event for most consumers. The familiarity of the task can cause people to lose the sense of caution that normally accompanies handling cash. Take a look at this blog post for some tips to keep you and your information safe. Continue reading
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8 Ways to Spot a Counterfeit Bill

As printers and software have gotten more sophisticated, counterfeit money has gotten harder to spot. Check out this blog post for ways to determine if the bill you were just given is legit. If you’re passed a fake bill, get info about the passer, keep the bill safe and call the police. Continue reading
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Fighting Identity Theft

Equifax, America's largest credit reporting agency, reported an enormous data breach in September 2017. More than 143 million Americans had their personal data compromised. Stolen information included names, addresses, birth dates, Social Security numbers, and, in some cases, driver's license numbers. Continue reading