Archives for 2017

Recovering from Hurricane Maria

It’s been a devastating hurricane season. First Harvey and Irma, and now Hurricane Maria has pummeled Puerto Rico. It’s time to take stock and develop a recovery plan. Here are a few tips and links to resources to help make the task less burdensome. Source: FTC Scam Alert Feed Recovering from Hurricane Maria

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Security smarts for smartwatches

Enjoying the convenience of a smartwatch means trusting it to keep your data safe. Smartwatches offer a variety of security features, so keep security in mind when you shop for one. Source: FTC Scam Alert Feed Security smarts for smartwatches

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What’s affiliate marketing? Should I care?

Many of the ads you see online are created by marketers who are paid each time you click on their ad. And if that click takes you to a website where you sign up to try a product or you make a purchase, the marketer may get paid even more. These are affiliate marketers. Affiliate […]

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Free credit freezes from Equifax

Many people have had very sensitive personal information exposed in the Equifax breach — Social Security numbers, account numbers, even drivers’ license numbers. Equifax is offering free credit freezes until November 21, 2017. The company also will refund fees to anyone who already paid for freezes since September 7, when it announced the breach. If […]

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Order free FTC publications for your community

Sharing what you know with your community can help others make sound financial decisions, avoid scams, and recover from identity theft. To help you spread the word, the FTC has created nearly 200 free publications on a variety of topics and in multiple languages. Order now — it’s free! Source: FTC Scam Alert Feed Order […]

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Fraud alert or credit freeze – which is right for you?

Considering a fraud alert or credit freeze? In the aftermath of the Equifax data breach, many people are. You don’t need to be an identity theft victim to use them – but it’s helpful to consider your situation. If you’re not sure which is best for you, here are some things to think about. Source: […]

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Equifax isn’t calling

Ring, ring. “This is Equifax calling to verify your account information.” Stop. Don’t tell them anything. They’re not from Equifax. It’s a scam. Equifax will not call you out of the blue. Source: FTC Scam Alert Feed Equifax isn’t calling

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Questions about military retirement?

Military Consumer and @StopFraudCo will host a Twitter chat to talk about what retirement means for military families on September 14, 2017 at 1 p.m. M.T. / 3 p.m. E.T. We’ll talk about retirement options and features, how to prepare for the transition, and tips for avoiding scams. Source: FTC Scam Alert Feed Questions about […]

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Make your hurricane donations count

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are wreaking devastation from Texas to Florida to Puerto Rico, and beyond. Generous people across the country are doing what they can to help their neighbors in need. If you’re thinking about donating money to a charity, here’s how to make sure your dollars go to the causes you support. Source: […]

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Avoid hurricane clean-up scams

After natural disasters like Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, unlicensed contractors and scammers often come into the affected area promising immediate clean-up and debris removal. Some demand payment up-front for work they never do. Others simply lack the skills, licenses, and insurance to legally do the work. Here are some tips to protect yourself, your property, […]

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