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Free apps to protect your phone from theft

Free apps to protect your phone from theft

Apple's new embedded "kill switch" technology has been thwarting phone thieves. Android users can get the same protection with free apps

Scam alert: Bank breach robocall

Scam alert: Bank breach robocall

Gotten an automated call from your bank about an account breach? It could be a scam. Here's what to do if you get this call.

Penny Stocks Are Ripe For Pump-And-Dump Scams

Pump and dump scams are back and they're even infiltrating some unlikely corners of the pop music landscape. A couple of years ago, The Plain Dealer  reported that rap artist 50 Cent tweeted out about an obscure company called H&H Imports, a distributor of headphones, poised to make big dough. ...

Social media new breeding ground for ID Theft

Social media new breeding ground for ID Theft

Gotten any friend requests recently on Facebook? Here's why you might want to think twice before accepting them -- even if you think you know the person.

Why to avoid pre-paid credit cards

Why to avoid pre-paid credit cards

Every store seems to be pushing those pre-paid cards with a Visa logo lately. But here's why you need to be cautious.

Ripoff alert: Bottled water?

Ripoff alert: Bottled water?

When you buy bottled water, are you really getting what you pay for? A new report about the industry might surprise you.

Protect against rampant tax ID theft

Protect against rampant tax ID theft

The IRS continues to foul up efforts to protect you from tax ID theft. Here's what you need to do to protect yourself.

Jeremy's Letter: Request Credit Freeze Legislation for Minors

Dear (representative's name), Hello, my name is (your name).  I am (introduce yourself with 1 sentence and state that you are a constituent in their district).  I am writing to ask for your assistance in passing legislation that would protect the credit of children/minors in the state of (your state). ...

New Robocall Scam Warns Of Bank Account Shutdown

Scamsters are capable of a lot of things, but now it seems the latest ploy they've cooked up finds them accurately predicting the future! I read about this latest scam in The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Because of Internet telephony, scamsters have a way to place calls that costs them essentially ...

Dangers of the "Penny Stock" scam

Dangers of the "Penny Stock" scam

It's the hottest stock scam out there. Have you gotten this email about penny stocks? Here's how the scam works.

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