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FTC: Here’s One Kind of Fraud to Warn Your Relatives About This Thanksgiving

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Whether it’s a spare can of cranberry sauce or an extra turkey platter, thoughtful Thanksgiving hosts make contingency plans for the holiday. This year, if the dinner discussion veers into controversial territory — like the pumpkin pie vs. pecan pie debate — here’s a suggested topic of conversation you can have at the ready. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Two Identity Theft Tricks You Should Know: Spear Phishing and Caller I.D. Spoofing

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“I’m calling from [pick any bank]. Someone’s been using your debit card ending in 2345 at [pick any retailer]. I’ll need to verify your Social Security number — which ends in 8190, right? — and full debit card information so we can stop this unauthorized activity…” (more…) Continue Reading →

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FTC Now Offers More Cybersecurity Advice for Small Businesses

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If you own a small business, you know it’s critical to protect your business from cyber threats. On Thursday, the Federal Trade Commission launched new cybersecurity resources for small businesses – you’ll find them at FTC.gov/SmallBusiness. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Selling a Car? Get Vehicle History Reports From Vetted Websites. Here’s How:

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The Federal Trade Commission has been hearing about a new scam targeting people who are selling their cars online. They’re getting calls or texts from people who claim to be interested in buying the car — but first want to see a car history report. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Here’s One Easy-to-Remember Red Flag That You Might Be Getting Scammed

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Has someone asked you to go get a gift card to pay for something? Lots of people have told the Federal Trade Commission they’ve been asked to pay with gift cards — by a caller claiming to be with the IRS, or tech support, or a so-called family member in need. (more…) Continue Reading →

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