Dating Online? Beware of Scams

Their Goal Is to Steal Your Money

Millions of Americans are using online dating sites to meet people. While many people form successful relationships, unfortunately, others are victims of scammers. The scammers create fake profiles using fake or stolen images.

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Do You Check Your "Specialty" Consumer Reports Annually?

Most consumers know that they should check each of their credit reports from the big three credit reporting agencies, Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion once a year. But did you know that you should check your other consumer reports each year too?

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Donating to the Nepal Relief Effort? Watch out for Scams.

The pictures from the devastating earthquake in Nepal and the Katmandu Valley have many people wanting to help. Charities and relief organizations are asking for donations. Unfortunately, fake charities and other scams take advantage of the disaster.

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Traveling? Think Twice Before Using Your Hotel's Wi-Fi

When traveling do you use the hotel's Wi-Fi? If so, you should think carefully before you use it on your next trip. Hackers are using security vulnerabilities in hotel Wi-Fi to steal passwords and other personal information. They do this by getting to you download a software update when you try to get online using the hotel Wi-Fi. The downloaded software is designed to steal your information or damage your computer.

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IRS Calling? No! It's a Scam. Here's What to Do.

Near the top of the IRS's annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams are phone calls from criminals impersonating IRS agents. In these calls, the scam artists claim that you owe money on your taxes and demand immediate payment and may threaten police arrest, deportation, license revocation and other things. Often they demand that payment be made by prepaid debit card. In a similar type of call, the scam artists may say that you have a refund and try to get you to disclose your personal information such as social security and bank account numbers.

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What Do You Need to Know About Health Care Data Breaches?

Data breaches involving health care providers (labs, doctor offices, hospitals, clinics) and health insurance companies have been on the increase. For example, earlier this year, Anthem announced that they had been hacked and as many as 80 million customers had their account information stolen. Anthem, the nation’s second-largest health insurance company, announced customers of Amerigroup, Anthem and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, Caremore and Unicare may be affected as well as other independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in any of the areas that Anthem serves. AnthemFacts.com has more information.

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