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Oh no! You’re a victim of Identity Theft! Now what?

You just got dreaded news you’re a victim of identity theft. What a shock! You can’t believe it. It takes a while to sink in. Can it be true?  Who could masquerade as you? What are they doing as you? What damage have they done? The questions just never end! You are awash in various […]

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IRS Tax scams galor!

We are in tax season again … if you Google “IRS scams” you get over 3 million results! An article in the Sacramento Bee By Cathy Locke titled “IRS warns against phone, computer scams” Published: Sunday, Sep. 9, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 1B talks about getting automated phone calls saying you owe back taxes […]

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Why I’m thinking carefully about using Social Media

Cybercrime keeps changing. “Cybercriminals have discovered that investors now routinely rely on e-mail to authorize personal advisers to execute financial transactions. Search engines and social networks have made finding and profiling potential victims, and their advisers, easy.” Cybercrooks fool financial advisers to steal from clients – By Byron Acohido, USATODAY.com The writer, Byron, makes a key point […]

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Bogus Gold?

  I learned long ago that when you see advertisements about investing … lots of advertisements … that may be a good indicator to be more wary and careful. Not only does all that attention generate demand for the investment (which drives up the price … which generates even more attention and demand), it also attracts scammers who […]

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SEC Investor Alerts

Social Media is popular, no doubt about that. With that popularity comes the responsibility to be more careful since those with bad intent take advantage of carelessness. This is especially problematic when it comes to your money … since that is what thieves are after … your money. Thieves are also after your identity … so […]

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Gift Card gotchas

Here’s a couple of gift card gotchas … I pulled these from Kiplinger’s Personal Finance article points 5 and 6 … Gift cards displayed on open racks are vulnerable to theft of the card number. A thief can copy/photo the card’s number and then check to see when money has been added to that card. Before […]

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