Getting scammed is bad for your peace of mind, sense of security and your bottom line. From the latest issues with credit card fraud to phishing schemes designed to access key your personal data, has all the current scams you need to worry about, along with helpful info on how to avoid them and what to do if you get caught in a scam you couldn’t avoid.

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How You’re Going to Get Hacked This Year

March 23, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Internet of Things, stolen fingerprints among biggest scam predictions for 2017

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Our Tax Data Keeps Getting Stolen but It’s All Good

March 15, 2017 | Dori Zinn

We might have had billions of dollars in tax fraud last year but most Americans aren’t worried about getting scammed.

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It’s Coming from Inside the Hospital

March 9, 2017 | Dori Zinn

We’re getting our medical data stolen, and most scammers are taking it straight from the hospitals themselves

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Country artist claps back at ticket scalpers

February 27, 2017 | Emily Bloch

Eric Church gets the final laugh at re-sellers by canceling their tickets and putting them back on sale.

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8 Ways to Identify Good Small Businesses

February 23, 2017 | John Rampton

We all want to support the little guy. But how can you tell if you’re making a big mistake?

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Dvorkin On Debt: An Insecure 2017 Prediction

January 9, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

I sadly predict massive computer hacking on a scale not seen in years past.

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The 10 Most Cringeworthy Lawsuits of 2016

January 6, 2017 | Joe Pye

From too much ice in an iced coffee to a typo on the SAT, people will sue over anything.

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Guess Who’s At Risk for Investment Fraud?

December 28, 2016 | Lucy Lazarony

Hint: It’s exactly who you would expect to be a smart investor.

Retirement is top concern for many Americans

Dvorkin On Debt: “Elder Financial Abuse” Is Real – And Growing

December 26, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Thieves and even family members are increasingly targeting senior citizens.

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My Experience With a Get-Rich-Quick Scheme

December 22, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

The things I learned during my time at Than Merrill’s Real Estate Class

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Ask The Expert: Are Credit Cards Rigged?

November 30, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader is suspicious of all these “reward programs.” How can they possibly be legit?

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Dvorkin On Debt: Tis The Season For Holiday Stealing

November 21, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

While this is the time to give, many others are trying to take away.

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Ask The Expert: Is This IRS Letter Legit Or A Scam? [video]

November 9, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader is both scared and suspicious after receiving an email.

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Ask The Expert: Are Those Radio Ads About Taxes Legit?

November 2, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader keeps hearing commercials about “settling back taxes.”

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Everything You Need To Know About IRS Phone Scams

October 26, 2016 | Dollar Stretcher

Plus, what to do if you legitimately owe the IRS.

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ID Theft Is More Common Because We’re More Lazy

October 12, 2016 | Dori Zinn

41 million Americans have had their identities stolen and 49 million Americans personally know someone who has been affect by identity theft.

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Dvorkin On Debt: Don’t Give It Up!

October 3, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Follow these three steps, and you’ll avoid the latest, hottest brand of identity theft.

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Amy Schumer Is a Scam

September 28, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Amy Schumer, Just Bieber top the list of the most dangerous celebrities to search for online.

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A Debt Collection Mistake Too Many People Make

September 8, 2016 | Mary Reed

One woman’s story is all too typical.

Want to make your donation to charity count? Do your homework.

Do You Know Where Your Donations Go?

August 31, 2016 | Dori Zinn

These Transparency Dodgers are the 10 largest charities that didn’t disclose operation information, including fundraising performance.

Russian password hackers aren't that scary

Feds Warn Of ‘Serious’ Flaws In Popular Anti-Virus Software

August 16, 2016 | Money Talks News

The government is warning the public about new issues with established anti-virus brands.

Is credit card fraud declining? Not yet

United States Among the Worst in the World for Credit Card Fraud

July 12, 2016 | Dori Zinn

The U.S. is third in the world for credit card fraud. This is the second time that the U.S. has been in the top three.


Are You Selling Your Personal Information for Nothing?

June 30, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Do you have old hard drives you want to sell or get rid of? Chances are you’ll leave private information on them once you hand them over.

Learn how to avoid medical identity theft.

Avoiding Impostor Scams By Talking About Them

June 30, 2016 |

If you get threatened over an old debt, say nothing to the caller. Talk to everyone else.

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Ransomware: The Digital Extortion People Don’t Know About

June 2, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

Hackers can lock you out of your files and make you pay to get them back. Here’s what to do.

Learn how to avoid medical identity theft.

Consumer Complaints to the FTC Increased in 2015

May 5, 2016 |

They shot up by an amazing 500,000.

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Thieves Target Shoppers Who Use Supermarket Self-Checkout

March 1, 2016 | Money Talks News

Scammers with skimmers who have traditionally targeted ATMs and gas station payment terminals are shifting their focus.

How to Avoid Identity Theft

How Long Does It Take To Steal $18,000?

February 25, 2016 |

For identity thieves, it takes just a few minutes.

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LifeLock Agrees to Pay $100 Million

February 4, 2016 |

The company allegedly violated FTC order, and that’s serious trouble.

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Ask The Expert: Am I Next To Get Hit With Identity Theft? [VIDEO]

February 3, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader is surrounded by victims and is scared of joining them.

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5 Dead Giveaways You’re Talking to a Scammer

August 13, 2015 |

If you run across any of these people, don’t listen to them.

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Ask The Expert: Can A Spam Email Help Me Pay Off My Credit Cards?

July 22, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader’s wife clicks on an unsolicited email and gets a lot of suspicious promises.

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IBM Predicts Fewer Data Breaches in 2015 — But More People Might Get Hurt

February 10, 2015 | Jess Miller

An IBM security expert explains why, and how he was an ID theft victim himself.

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Ask The Expert: How Can I Protect Myself From Identity Theft?

November 12, 2014 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader gets burned and wants to learn how to never let it happen again.

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Your Waiter Might Be An Identity Thief

October 27, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

No stats are available, but our research shows dining out makes you a prime target. Here’s how to protect yourself.

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Ask the Expert: How To Get Out Of Student Loan Debt?

October 22, 2014 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

There are legitimate ways to save big – and a lot of con artists to watch out for.

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8 tips to getting the best deals at garage sales

October 7, 2014 | Angela Colley

Garage sales both rewarding and risky. Here’s how to score a deal every time.

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Pew report reveals online lending is risky business

October 3, 2014 | Jess Miller

The study found rampant fraud and abuse in online payday loans.

Is credit card fraud declining? Not yet

Is credit card fraud on the decline?

September 26, 2014 | Jess Miller

A tech magazine says yes, but a quick search of the news suggests it’s not happening yet.

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Tech company says rice won’t save wet phones

September 24, 2014 | Jess Miller

Rice is better used as food than drying agent, a new study says.

Boost your smartphone security

5 ways to boost your smartphone security

September 8, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

Whether you want to protect nude photos or more mundane personal information, the strategies are the same.

Russian password hackers aren't that scary

7 reasons not to panic about the Russian password hackers

August 11, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

Yep, some kids probably have your password that’s been stolen three times already. But here’s what to do if you’re worried.

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7 unbelievable scam lawsuits from July

August 5, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

How do you bill companies for cleaning supplies they didn’t order? With a little help from your coworkers.

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5 credit card scams and how to avoid them

July 30, 2014 | Jason Steele

Massive thefts of credit card numbers isn’t the only scam. You’re more likely to get burned by one of these.

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How to avoid the latest student loan scams

July 24, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

Last week, Illinois sued two companies that promise to reduce or eliminate student loan debt. Here’s how to find legitimate help.

How to beat an ID thief

How I defeated my ID thief

June 19, 2014 | Angela Colley

If your Social Security Number is stolen like mine was, here are 5 easy steps to strike back.

How to spot a bad landlord

How to spot a terrible landlord before you rent

June 10, 2014 | Angela Colley

Here are six crucial questions to ask your landlord and yourself if you want to find the right rental at the right price.

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Funny Money: What Google Glass costs to make

May 9, 2014 | Michael Koretzky

If that doesn’t make you laugh, real money laundering and how broke 2 Broke Girls really are will.

Learn how to avoid medical identity theft.

How to prevent the most sickening ID theft

April 17, 2014 | Dylan Bouscher

Shopping isn’t the only way to get your identity stolen. Just falling ill gives thieves a shot at your information.

Don't fall for the top scams of 2014.

Top 10 scams of 2014 and how to avoid them

March 12, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

Some ripoffs never die, but there are always new twists. Here’s how to protect yourself from the worst scams of 2014.