Donating to Earthquake or Flood Victims? Beware of Scams

In the past few weeks, earthquakes have hit Japan and Ecuador and heavy rains have caused flooding in  Texas. After disasters like these, many people want to help. Unfortunately, fake charities and other scams will take advantage of the disaster.

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Be Aware of These Scams Targeting Women

I encountered my first online scam as an undergrad. I was looking for a roommate and received an inquiry via a popular online forum that seemed legitimate. A few conversations later the prospective renter asked me to deposit a check for them. I found out from a friend that this was a scam people were using to obtain a person's account information.

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Coming Soon to an ATM Near You? No Card Required

ATM skimming continues to be problem for financial institutions. Skimming is the stealing of account data from ATM, debit, and credit cards usually by inserting a device in the card slot on ATMs, self-service gas pumps, and other card readers. PINs can also be stolen by hidden cameras. Some estimates place the loss to the global banking industry at around $2 billion in 2015.

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Buying a Car with Bad Credit

April 2016

Is your credit score keeping you from getting a new vehicle? Having bad credit brings concerns of whether or not you can afford a reliable vehicle, get a loan at a reasonable rate, and avoid pressure from lenders. Though these concerns are realistic, it is important to know that most people in this situation are able to find a reliable vehicle and a loan that doesn’t break the bank. To do this though, you have to do your homework to understand the right steps to take. This report will show you those steps and will help you understand what you need to know to get the vehicle you need.

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Renting a Car Soon? Read This First

Has this ever happened to you? You reserved a car at a great rate but discovered that the rate didn't include the mandatory charges and fees when you picked the car up. These tips will help you avoid such surprises and pitfalls and help you save on your next car rental.

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It's Time to Check Your Social Security Statement Online

March 2016

According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), checking your Social Security statement annually is something all working adults should do. An annual review allows you to check the accuracy of your earnings recorded for the previous year and gives you the opportunity to correct any mistakes that may have been recorded on your statement. Each statement also estimates the monthly Social Security payment you can expect in retirement based upon your current average earnings and planned retirement age. Having access to these various estimates can help you with your retirement planning. With all of this information at your fingertips, it makes sense to start checking your annual Social Security statement early in your working career, rather than waiting until you near retirement. If you don’t check your Social Security statement regularly, now is a good time to start!

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Native Advertising: A Radical Shift in Advertising That Targets You

"Native Advertising"—disguising a one-sided sales pitch to look like valuable information—has been around for decades.

Though advertisers may deny it, the hidden purpose of native advertising has always been pretty clear to FoolProof and many other consumer advocates: to trick you into accepting potentially faulty information as truthful information.

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It's Tax Season – Watch Out For Scams!

Tax-related scams are around all year, but they seem to occur more frequently during the months leading up to April 15th. This year is no exception. Tax-related scams try to steal personal and financial information or money. Some scams try to get tax payers to commit fraud. In this news brief, we describe some of the most prevalent.

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Have You Checked Your Privacy Settings Recently?

Are you concerned about protecting your privacy online? If so, when was the last time you checked the privacy settings for each app, website, and device that you use? Using the privacy and security settings can help protect your personal and financial information and reduce online tracking.

While this may seem like an overwhelming task, making a plan can simplify it. Here are some steps you can take:

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Are You Ready for "Native Advertising"?

When conducting web searches, do you know how to tell the difference between search results that give you really helpful information and advertisements that may give you nothing useful at all (or try to sell you things)?

If you do, you're doing a lot better than most kids aged 12-15.

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Why Do Scams Continue to Work?

February 2016

Scams have been around for generations. Scammers are all around us, using various different methods, with the same goal – to steal other people’s money. Scams are continually evolving, as scammers continuously come up with new ways to "deceive and thieve." Even though each new variety of scam brings in widely publicized warnings and descriptions, people still fall for them. Scammers are master manipulators and know how to use several basic strategies to trigger your emotions and trick you into taking quick action. No matter the scam, knowing these basic strategies can help you do a better job of recognizing any scam, whether it arrives by email, text, phone, snail mail, or in person.

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Filing Taxes Online for Free-What You Need to Know

A new year brings all sorts of ads saying the advertised service will enable you to file your income taxes online for free. Before you head to a particular site, remember these two things:

  1. All taxpayers don't qualify for all free tax-filing programs or services.
  2. Different programs and companies offer different services and have different criteria and limitations.

This brief summary will help you compare the free-tax filing opportunities available. You decide which best fits your needs.

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FoolProof Top 10 Scams: Beware of the Red-Lipped Batfish Trick!

You're pretty "foolproof," right? You don't fall for those obvious scams that make you look and feel like a fool, do you?

When you look at FoolProof's "Top 10" list of scams, some of them seem too irrational for anyone to fall for, but they do. These scams are on our list because young people often fall victim to them, no matter how silly or irrational they seem.

Let's take a look at the list. Have you ever fallen for one of these?

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New Steps Announced to Combat Tax-Related Identity Theft & Fraud

Even though tax fraud has been around for years, it's becoming a bigger problem. Identity thieves are becoming more sophisticated and can use stolen personal and financial information to claim tax refunds. For example, if a criminal has your social security number, they could file a tax return and have a refund sent to them. You may not know that it has happened until you file your return and the IRS informs you that the refund was already made.

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