Wait – what? My college life may be a fraud?

I woke up to a text from my youngest daughter on Wednesday morning (yes, I know it is tax season, but she is living on the East Coast and with Daylight Saving Time, so she is three hours ahead of me!) jokingly asking if I had purchased her way into the University of Arizona. After …

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Free credit freeze, free yourself of fraud

After the massive Experian data breach, and others, consumers continue to look for ways to protect their personal information from fraudsters. Getting a security/credit freeze put on your credit file is one line of defense. Having a credit freeze on your credit file stops a criminal from opening a credit card or credit line in …

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Scams targeting your info ahead of tax deadline

If you filed for an extension on your taxes, you’re probably finalizing all your information for the October 15 deadline. But those last-minute details aren’t the only thing you need to be concerned with. The IRS is warning taxpayers that criminals are still after your personal information and money. Scams are on the upswing right …

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Expanded debt relief for students of select defunct colleges

Student loan debt is a huge problem for Americans. The average student loan debt for the graduating class of 2017 is $39,400, which is up 6% from the prior year. Ouch! The scary part is that not all students are graduating from authentic and respectable colleges. Some students have found themselves graduating from fraudulent online …

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New secure IRS transcript aims to keep your tax info safe

The IRS has announced a new format for individual tax transcript that will better protect taxpayer data. This new will be rolled out on September 23, 2018. The main goal is to make greater strides to fight against stolen identity refund fraud. Over the last few years, criminals need more taxpayer details to better impersonate …

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6 Tips to protect your child from identity theft

Who would have thought that signing your child up for school could potentially be putting their information at risk? Well, it is a fact; identity theft is all around you in this era of new technology, and we need to be proactive in making sure that we keep ourselves and our children safe. Here are …

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FTC: How to avoid a Bitcoin blackmail scam

When I received the August 21 Consumer Alert from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) via email, I was amazed to find out that the FTC was forwarding instructions on, “How to avoid a Bitcoin blackmail scam.” Had the FTC had found a way to make us always behave in an appropriate manner? Or maybe they …

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Vacation rentals: another day, another scam

If you’re planning a vacation for Labor Day, a weekend getaway or even looking ahead to the holidays, make sure to keep your eyes open for a new scam centered around vacation rentals. If you’re anything like me, planning for a vacation tends to happen a little closer to the vacation date than you’d like. …

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Tax scams, know the telltale signs to keep your info safe

The IRS recently added tax tips to their website regarding scam attempts. Summertime is a high point for scammers because taxpayers are waiting to receive their refund or a response from the IRS about their return. Most scammers want you to give them personal information such as account details, social security numbers and passwords. Here …

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New tactic in IRS phone scams to defraud you

Everyday scammers are hard at work trying come up with new ways to use technology against you in their never-ending efforts to fraudulently take your money. Their latest tactic is to use equipment that can “spoof” the caller ID on your phone to make it look like the call is from a legitimate IRS office. …

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