Identity Theft News
6 summer scams and how to avoid them
As the weather gets warmer, mosquitoes and ticks re-enter our lives, and along with them comes their larger cousin, the scam artist. There are ways to prepare for those seasonal meal stealers. The same goes for scams, as foreknowledge is the best repellent. Ticks and mosquitoes aren’t harmless —
Woman who lied about cancer to avoid prison gets 2 ½ years
A Connecticut woman who lied about having cancer to avoid reporting to prison on a fraud conviction has been sentenced to 30 months behind bars
10 things to know if you haven’t done your taxes yet
You're busy, you're still getting organized — whatever the reason, you still haven't filed your taxes yet. But waiting until the last minute to file your taxes means you might be rushed. And that means there's a higher likelihood of making mistakes or overlooking something important. To help you
Debt collection, imposter scams top consumer complaints
People out to grab other people’s money -- whether collecting a debt or posing as a government agent -- topped the nation’s list of consumer woes in 2016. So-called “imposter” scams -- in which con artists pretend to be a government agent or some other trusted person -- surpassed identity theft to
OPINION: Why the CFPB is in danger of getting 'trumped'
Just beyond the Trump swelter of the hour, lawmakers have been busy concocting plans to dismantle key achievements of the Obama years. Among those accomplishments currently targeted is a concerted effort to destroy, defang, scrap (feel free to select the word) the Consumer Financial Protection
50 Ways to Give Your Finances a Fresh Start in 2017
We get it: Money resolutions can feel like a lost cause, especially if you’re already drowning in debt or saddled with bad credit. But if the fear of falling short is stopping you from even attempting to reach any financial goals, well, it may be time to think smaller. There are lots of little
Could Your Amazon Alexa Be Used Against You?
Have you seen the Geico ad with the talking parrot? A 19th-century ship is boarded and the captain is surrounded by pirates. The leader shouts, “Let’s feed him to the sharks,” (pirate cheers and swords held high) “and take all his gold” (more cheers). The parrot repeats these lines, and adds, “and
Alleged Russian Hackers Are Among FBI's 'Most Wanted'
One is a 33-year-old Russian national who allegedly usually sports a shaved head and enjoys boating in the Black Sea . The other is a 29-year-old from Latvia alleged to have as many as 10 online aliases and to sometimes dye his brown hair red or blonde. The two men are notorious hackers on the FBI
5 Ways to Scam-Proof Your Charitable Giving
The holiday season is a time for giving, but it is also a time to get ready to pay your taxes, and for those who are fortunate enough to have more than they need, it is time for some end-of-year charitable giving. Even if you don’t have a big surplus budget, you may want to balance out the holiday