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They’ve Seen All The Scams So You Don’t Have To

September 8, 2017 | Thomas Chiles

One of these tech experts even got ripped off. Learn what they know.

Used cars lined up on an auto dealership car lot, waiting for car buying financed through auto loans

Older Used Cars Are Stolen More Than Newer Models

August 15, 2017 | Ryan Lynch

Hondas, plus Ford and Chevy pickups are the favorite vehicles of 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.

tax fraud

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.

tax fraud

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.

From stolen Honda Accords to relaxation guilt

Don’t Drive an Old Honda in California

August 1, 2016 | Dori Zinn

California has the most stolen cars in the entire nation

Tech ID theft

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.

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What Do Shoplifting and Identity Theft Have In Common?

June 29, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

The answer may depress you. It depresses me.

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126,000 Auto Thefts That Could’ve Been Avoided

April 28, 2015 | Jess Miller

Worried about getting your car stolen? Here’s a brilliant solution: Don’t leave it unlocked. Here’s where people did…

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Ask the Expert: How Can I Guard Against Identity Theft When Traveling?

April 8, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader gets 7 easy steps for a no-worry, no-hassle vacation.

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The Crime Wave The FBI Is Ignoring

March 19, 2015 | Jess Miller

The FBI says violent crime and property crime are both down, but researchers say they’ve been replaced by something else.

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Study: The Worst Part About Fraud Isn’t The Money

March 19, 2015 | Jess Miller

Here’s what to do if you get scammed, and ways to prevent it happening in the first place.

Do you know about the value of EMV credit cards?

The Misplaced Priorities Of Credit Card Customers

March 16, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Charging wisely and protecting your identity are important, but we’re obsessed with looking good — and smelling good.

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How Any Moron Can Hack Into Your Company

February 26, 2015 | Jess Miller

It’s not the hacking you’ve heard of, but it has the potential to be create even more identity theft. And it’s so simple.

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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.'s founder and CPA Howard Dvorkin

A Taxing Problem: ID Theft When You Turn In Your Tax Return

February 2, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Identity theft is already a serious problem. Combine it with tax season, and it’s a disaster.

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The Top 10 Financial Predictions for 2015

January 6, 2015 | Jess Miller

From legal weed to the mortgage market, here’s what we predict will go down in 2015.

Myths about renters insurance abound

8 myths about renters insurance

September 4, 2014 | Angela Colley

It’s a lot cheaper and covers a lot more than you probably think.

Target may have mishandled your credit card number.

Was your credit card number stolen at Target? Here’s what to do

December 20, 2013 | Brandon Ballenger

Were you a victim of the Target data breach? We’ve been there. Here’s how you minimize the damage to your accounts.