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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 ...

Fake IRS Phone Scam Making the Rounds

Just before the holiday rush, scamsters are working overtime trying to get your money in a continuing phone scam. The Internal Revenue Service reports sophisticated IRS impostors are calling people and demanding immediate payment. In some cases they're also impersonating local law enforcement and threatening you with immediate arrest unless ...

Gas Stations Have New Way To Stop Credit Card Thieves

Banks are losing the battle against credit card thieves, and no place do the thieves strike more than at the gas station. The Washington Post  reports credit card fraud is 4 times greater at gas stations than any other form of retailer! At the moment, if you use a credit ...

Scam Alert: Rogue debt collectors

Scam Alert: Rogue debt collectors

Phony debt collectors are now hacking the databases of real debt collectors -- and you're the victim. Here's the scoop.

How to protect yourself from data breaches

How to protect yourself from data breaches

With all the data breaches of late, "data breach fatigue" has set in. But don't get numb to it all. Here are the 3 most important things to do to protect yourself.

Can a company really shrink your tax liability?

Can a company really shrink your tax liability?

Here's the real deal behind those promises you hear on radio and TV.

Breaking Scam Alert: Ice Bucket Challenge Email Scam

Time and time again, Americans prove themselves to be the most generous people on planet Earth. But I don't want you to let that generous spirit be taken advantage of! It seems like you can't go far on the web these days without seeing someone doing the Ice Bucket Challenge ...

Beware of the Latest Threats to Facebook Users

A fake app making the rounds on Facebook promises to let you change the color of your profile, but it might just make you see red. The so-called Facebook Color Scam was first reported by Cheetah Mobile. If you click on the app, it takes you to a site where ...

Clark's $19 sneaker vs. designer sneakers

Clark's $19 sneaker vs. designer sneakers

There's a hot new sneaker that costs $800. But Clark's $19 name-brand alternative keeps money in your pocket, not in your tennis shoe!

MoneyPak Soon To Be Phased Out

A common tool used by scamsters to send money around the world without a trace is about to meet its end. For years, people have been scammed by con artists who get them to go into the drug store, a Wal-Mart, or a convenience store to buy what's called a ...

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