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Online Smarts: Dangers of Public Wi-Fi

  Free, public Wi-Fi is available almost everywhere today. From the usual spots, such as coffee bars and airports, to the less common, such as steakhouses and amusement parks, public Wi-Fi is a convenience upon which most consumers rely. The problem with public Wi-Fi, however,   …Continue Reading Online Smarts: Dangers of Public Wi-Fi

Online Smarts: Crowdfunding Scams

  Crowdfunding websites have become major platforms for raising money for various causes, from the production of a local band’s first album to the payment of a cancer patient’s medical expenses. While websites like Kickstarter and GoFundMe have been instrumental in funding entrepreneurial products and   …Continue Reading Online Smarts: Crowdfunding Scams

Online Smarts: Tips for safe online shopping

  Online shopping provides a fast, convenient platform for purchasing goods. There are several ways to shop online. You can buy from the online store of your favorite company, for instance Gap or Best Buy, or from an online warehouse like Amazon or Overstock. You   …Continue Reading Online Smarts: Tips for safe online shopping

Online Smarts: Mass. Sales Transaction Zones

  As the number of residents buying and selling goods online continues to increase, the potential for risks associated with these transactions does as well. Did you know that many police departments allow residents to carry-out internet sales transactions on police property? While each department   …Continue Reading Online Smarts: Mass. Sales Transaction Zones

Online Smarts: Buyer Beware– Why clothing ads are not always what they seem

  Online shopping provides a fast, convenient platform for purchasing items without the hassle of driving to a store. However, scammers often take advantage of the popularity of the online retail industry, sending purchased products that are either not what was advertised or far inferior   …Continue Reading Online Smarts: Buyer Beware– Why clothing ads are not always what they seem

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Payment App Scams

  Instant payment apps have become a popular fixture for peer-to-peer payments. Before using instant payment apps such as Venmo, Cash App, or Zelle, you should do your research so you understand exactly what you are signing up for. Peer-to-peer payments are instant, cashless, payments   …Continue Reading Payment App Scams

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How to Safely Subscribe to Monthly Box Services

  For a small fee, consumers can get nail polish, beauty products, dog treats, food, wine, razors, and even apocalypse prep gear sent to their home every month. These subscription services and others like them can be exciting and convenient, but can also be problematic   …Continue Reading How to Safely Subscribe to Monthly Box Services

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See Spot. See Spot and Get Scammed.

You’ve decided that you want to bring a furry friend into your home, so you go online to conduct some research. As you’re browsing, an ad for an adorable puppy catches your attention. He’s cute, cuddly, and even better, free! All you have to do   …Continue Reading See Spot. See Spot and Get Scammed.

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Before you cash that check…

We recently received a head’s up from a local police officer after his daughter was sent a fraudulent cashier check in the mail. At first glance, it looks legitimate, but fortunately, the officer is aware of this type of scam and directed his daughter to   …Continue Reading Before you cash that check…

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Back to School Scam Study Guide

For college students, the months of August and September are pretty chaotic. Between packing, shopping, saying sappy goodbyes to friends, and scrambling to make a few more bucks, these last few weeks of freedom are all about checking the next thing off a to-do list.   …Continue Reading Back to School Scam Study Guide