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Scammers Phishing for Apple Users Posted on Aug 6

Scammers Phishing for Apple Users

Last year, Apple sold over 2 billion iPhones worldwide giving scammers a huge group to target. Phishing emails may be used to trick Apple users into disclosing personal information like your social security number, credit card information, and home address. Apple will not  ask for   …Continue Reading Scammers Phishing for Apple Users

What’s being done about Robocalls? Posted on Jul 3

What's being done about Robocalls?

With the rise of spoofed robocalls affecting millions across the nation, government agencies have been taking action. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on June 25, 2019 that it will be enforcing legal action against perpetrators of illegal robocalls. The effort, named “Operation Call It   …Continue Reading What’s being done about 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

Ready Your Refusal Scripts! Posted on Feb 20

Ready Your Refusal Scripts!

  Sadly, we’ve all heard stories about elderly men and women who have been solicited or scammed. So it should come as no surprise that some reports indicate an estimated $37 billion is lost annually due to elder fraud.  The goal of all scammers is   …Continue Reading Ready Your Refusal Scripts!

There’s Plenty of Fish in the Sea… Including scammers: The Dangers of Online Dating Scams Posted on Feb 12

There’s Plenty of Fish in the Sea… Including scammers: The Dangers of Online Dating Scams

There’s Plenty of Fish in the Sea… Including scammers: The Dangers of Online Dating Scams Many Americans are turning to the internet in order to search for love. Online dating and dating apps are the new wave of the future for both younger generations and   …Continue Reading There’s Plenty of Fish in the Sea… Including scammers: The Dangers of Online Dating Scams

Protect your child’s identity and future: What you need to know about Child ID Theft Posted on Jan 30

Protect your child’s identity and future: What you need to know about Child ID Theft

  Many of us have experienced that moment of panic upon learning that our personal or financial information has been compromised. Will the thieves use my financial information and drain my accounts? Will they use my identity to open new accounts and ruin my credit?   …Continue Reading Protect your child’s identity and future: What you need to know about Child ID Theft

National Data Privacy Day! Posted on Jan 28

National Data Privacy Day!

January 28th is national data privacy day, an important day to serve as a reminder to consumers to take steps to protect their data privacy online. Cybersecurity awareness is important because being vigilant can keep you and your information safe. Today, take some time to   …Continue Reading National Data Privacy Day!

Avoid peer-to-stranger transfers when using peer-to-peer payment apps Posted on Jan 14

Avoid peer-to-stranger transfers when using peer-to-peer payment apps

  Have you heard of peer-to-peer payment apps such as Venmo and Cash App?  These money transferring apps sit on the phones of millions of Americans, and the numbers grow by the day.  Their convenience is hard to dismiss, since they function as a bank   …Continue Reading Avoid peer-to-stranger transfers when using peer-to-peer payment apps

ScamTravel.Com Posted on Jan 7

ScamTravel.Com

Are you one of those consumers that can’t pass up a good vacation deal? While some of these deals are legitimate and a great value for your buck, many others are deceptive offers posted by scammers posing as online travel agencies or homeowners renting a   …Continue Reading ScamTravel.Com