Cyber Security Awareness Month

Most Security Professionals Don’t Trust Cybersecurity Tools

July 28, 2017 | Gregory Cox

And many predict a major cyber attack against the U.S. in the next two years.

Victims are interested in learning exactly how do people steal identities

You’re More Likely To be A Victim Of This Crime If You Have Less To Steal

July 17, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

If you’re deeply in debt and have no money for anyone to steal, you’re wrong.

Technology moves faster than people, increasing the need for identity theft protection and cybersecurity

Cyber Attacks Are Coming and We Know It

July 14, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Companies and organizations can’t find qualified people to fill cybersecurity positions — or time to train them

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Wi-Fi Warning: Unplug While on Vacation

July 12, 2017 | Joe Pye

Connecting to unsecure Wi-Fi leaves you open to hacking.

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How Can I NOT Be a Victim Of Identity Theft?

July 12, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

This week: After her bank account is riddled with fraudulent checks, she wonders: Is anyone safe?

Cyber thief sitting in front of a laptop, poised to steal your identity, personal data, and financial accounts

Even Medical Devices Aren’t Scam-Free

July 6, 2017 | Dori Zinn

There are more than 8,000 security flaws from four different pacemaker manufacturers.

How to Avoid Identity Theft

We Make Identity Theft Too Easy

June 9, 2017 | Joe Pye

More than half of Americans have been, or know, a victim of identity theft. They still barely protect themselves.

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Everyone’s At Risk Of Identity Theft

June 8, 2017 | Gregory Cox

Rich or poor, hackers want your information

An indebted woman ponders the question: can debt collectors come to your house?

Is It Legal For Debt Collectors To Ring My Doorbell?

June 7, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

This week: A reader asks about debt collectors, repo men, and “Fonzi” schemes.

Technology put the world in your hands, but it comes with a range of risks, from personal hacking to business identity theft

Banks At Highest Risk For Hack

May 30, 2017 | Joe Pye

Experts say it’s likely that multiple companies will be hacked at same time this year.

Credit cards with hooks through them represents phishing, something IT departments must learn to be wary of

Information Technology Departments Don’t Care About Security

May 29, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Most customers believe companies are responsible for securing their personal information, but only two-thirds of company officers and IT professionals agree with that.

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Banks Warn Customers About Fraud More Often

May 25, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Whether it’s a text message, phone call, email or letter, your banking institution can let you know when fraudulent activity occurs on your account. Do you get fraud alerts?

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Cyber Attacks are Growing, Protection Isn’t

May 15, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Businesses are treating their companies a lot like we treat our homes — the physical property is protected, but the online property isn’t.

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You Can Get Major Fraud Protection With a Credit Freeze, but Should You?

April 21, 2017 | Money Talks News

There are the conventional ways to protect yourself from credit card fraud, and then there’s the nuclear option.

Uncle Sam is a two-faced monster when it comes to tax debt (illustrated)

Want to Collect Debts for the IRS? The Bar Is Pretty Low

April 21, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

The IRS will use private debt collectors who have failed before, including one the federal government is already suing for ripping consumers off.

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Bud On A Budget: Buyer Beware

April 20, 2017 | Joe Pye

If you search online for the best marijuana for your money, here’s a dirty little secret about the biggest pot websites.

Donald Trump and Mike Pence snoop on you in the privacy of your home (illustrated)

Trump Is Stealing Your Internet Privacy

April 20, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Deregulating for its own sake is incredibly stupid — but potentially profitable for internet companies and identity thieves.

Skimmers allow your bank card information to get hacked just for banking at the wrong ATM

Your Bank Card Info Is Going to Get Stolen

April 13, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Debit card compromises are up dramatically and ATMs are a huge part of it.

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Waiting Until Tax Day to File Is How You Get Ripped Off

April 13, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Tax-related identity theft is increasing, and experts say we ignore easy ways to protect ourselves by stressing about filing.

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The Ripple Effect of Ripped-Off Seniors

April 6, 2017 | Dori Zinn

When elder relatives get financially abused, caregivers struggle to keep them afloat.

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How You’re Going to Get Hacked This Year

March 23, 2017 | Dori Zinn

The Internet of Things and stolen fingerprints are among the 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.

The gavel comes down this year on some truly dumb lawsuits and weird civil consumer court rulings

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.

Scam lawsuits with unusual situations

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.”

Don't fall for student loan scams

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.

What do you think of these disturbing surveys?

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.

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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 | Debt.com

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 | Debt.com

They shot up by an amazing 500,000.

Better Business Bureau

Getting the absolute best out of the Better Business Bureau

March 9, 2016 | Debt.com

What’s better than free? Someone who listens. Here’s how to get the best out of the Better Business Bureau.

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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.

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

February 25, 2016 | Debt.com

For identity thieves, it takes just a few minutes.

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LifeLock Agrees to Pay $100 Million

February 4, 2016 | Debt.com

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