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Legitimate work-from-home opportunities

Legitimate work-from-home opportunities

I have a list of legitimate ways to work at home to help balance your budget this holiday season. But be careful of work-at-home traps that will actually cost you more in the end.

Protect your iPhone against this new virus

Protect your iPhone against this new virus

For the first time ever there is a significant virus that is stealing data from iPhones. Here’s how it works, and how to keep your phone from getting infected.

 

4 Holiday Scams You Need To Know About

The holidays are a prime time for scams. Don't let the Grinch ruin your Christmas! Follow this advice to protect yourself. Special thanks to USA Today for the inspiration for this article. Here are a few of the most commom holiday scams 1. PUPPY SCAM PROBLEM: The American Kennel Club ...

Protect against retail data breach this holiday

Protect against retail data breach this holiday

Despite all the retail computer breaches, a survey shows that isn't going to stop holiday shoppers this year. How to protect your information from getting stolen this holiday season.

Warning Signs of Investment Scams

What's behind the continuing lure of Ponzi schemes? I think it's that we want to believe the path to El Dorado is easy. It's an oversimplification to say it's all just about greed; it's really that we want things to be easy, we want that one answer that creates financial ...

 

This Santa Letter Pitch Could Rob You Blind

You've heard about how the Grinch stole Christmas, but have you heard about how scamsters stole the credit card numbers of parents wanting a letter from Santa for their kids? The Better Business Bureau has put out an alert about a letter scam operating just in time for the holiday ...

Don't Give Your Social Security Number at These Places

When should you give your Social Security number and when should you not? My rule on giving out my Social Security number is that I don't do it, unless I know it's absolutely, positively required for what I'm doing. Companies and institutions ask for our Social Security numbers like they're ...

Debt collectors illegally harrassing seniors

Debt collectors illegally harrassing seniors

A new study shows debt collectors are more often using illegal tactics when they harass senior citizens. Here are the lies they are telling, and what your rights are when they call you.

 

3 Tips to Get the Most Value Out of Gift Cards

Gift cards are really popular this time of year. But when you buy one, I want to make sure you are protected. Is your gift card going to be emptied before you even use it? Gift cards sold off display racks at stores are becoming a hot target for scamsters ...

Beware of phony internet connections

Beware of phony internet connections

Your private information may be at risk if you use free public Wi-Fi hotspots. Here's how to avoid phony internet connections and protect yourself from identity fraud.

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