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Category Archives: Identity Theft

Protect Yourself Against Scams this Tax Season Posted on Mar 18

Protect Yourself Against Scams this Tax Season

Tax Day is quickly approaching, and this year more Americans are planning on filing their taxes online, according to McAfee’s 2021 Consumer Security Mindset Report. Filing taxes electronically is a more convenient and efficient process but may open you up to scammers hoping to steal   …Continue Reading Protect Yourself Against Scams this Tax Season

Love, or Lies? What You Need to Know About Romance Scams Posted on Feb 11

Love, or Lies? What You Need to Know About Romance Scams

Everyone wants to share Valentine’s Day with someone special, and online dating sites put hundreds of potential partners at your fingertips. Hoping to connect with you for their own gain, scammers use these same dating websites as well as social media to establish relationships and   …Continue Reading Love, or Lies? What You Need to Know About Romance Scams

Fraud Alert: Stimulus Check Scams Posted on Feb 3

Fraud Alert: Stimulus Check Scams

The Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have sent millions of Americans a second round of stimulus payments this month. As checks roll out, scammers are working to defraud consumers of these funds. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reports that consumers lost over $200 million to COVID-19   …Continue Reading Fraud Alert: Stimulus Check Scams

T-Mobile Data Breach Posted on Jan 11

T-Mobile Data Breach

Calling all T-Mobile customers, your mobile carrier has announced a data breach which might impact you. In a letter posted on their website, T-Mobile said: “Our Cybersecurity team discovered and shut down malicious, unauthorized access to some information related to your T-Mobile prepaid wireless account.   …Continue Reading T-Mobile Data Breach

Fraud Alert: Unemployment Benefits & ID Theft Posted on Nov 17

Fraud Alert: Unemployment Benefits & ID Theft

Driven by the economic downturn brought on by pandemic related restrictions, unemployment across the U.S. is at a historic high. While national and local averages slowly decline across the country, unemployment fraud is on the rise. For many the unemployment benefit is a lifeline. Unfortunately, for   …Continue Reading Fraud Alert: Unemployment Benefits & ID Theft

FRAUD ALERT: Brushing Posted on Aug 7

FRAUD ALERT: Brushing

When something seems to be too good to be true, chances are that it is. So, if boxes of free stuff start showing up on your doorstep out of nowhere, be advised that you may be a victim of “brushing.” What is “brushing?” Brushing is   …Continue Reading FRAUD ALERT: Brushing

Beware of Coronavirus Scams Posted on Mar 25

While schools and businesses are closed and everyone is practicing social distancing in an attempt to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), there is one group that is hard at work—scammers. Seeing an opportunity to take advantage in growing numbers, scammers are both resorting   …Continue Reading Beware of Coronavirus Scams

National Consumer Protection Week 2020 Posted on Mar 2

National Consumer Protection Week 2020

Today marks the beginning of 23rd annual National Consumer Protection Week, a weeklong celebration of understanding consumer rights and making well-informed decisions about money championed by the Federal Trade Commissions’ (FTC). Educating consumers about fraud threats and other protection issues has become vital in recent   …Continue Reading National Consumer Protection Week 2020

The New Anti-Robocall Laws and How They Protect Consumers from High Volumes of Robocalls Posted on Jan 9

The New Anti-Robocall Laws and How They Protect Consumers from High Volumes of Robocalls

In recent years, robocalls have disturbed, cheated, and scammed constituents, stealing nearly $1 billion from consumers in 2018 alone. Scam callers may pose as various government agencies or other organizations requesting money, personal information and other data in hopes to steal from or harm the   …Continue Reading The New Anti-Robocall Laws and How They Protect Consumers from High Volumes of Robocalls

Tips for Avoiding Tricks this Tax Season Posted on Mar 20

Tips for Avoiding Tricks this Tax Season

Tips for Avoiding Tricks this Tax Season 20-25% percent of Americans will file their taxes about two weeks before the filing deadline. In Massachusetts, the deadline to file your taxes is April 17. Whether you’re preparing to file your taxes or planning to be one   …Continue Reading Tips for Avoiding Tricks this Tax Season