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Scam alert: Email from Apple

Scam alert: Email from Apple

Received an email from Apple offering to help secure your info in the cloud following a supposed account breach? Here's an important warning.

Protect against retail data breaches

Protect against retail data breaches

From Target to Home Depot, the data breaches keep on coming. Clark advises this one key move at the checkout to protect yourself.

What's Up With Travel Clubs Promising Free Travel?

I've been getting a steady drumbeat of calls about something I thought died 6 years ago: Travel clubs promising free or discounted travel. Vacation club sales being pushed by postcard, e-mail, and telephone This is a pitch that can come to you in a variety of ways, either by phone ...

Beware of This Balance Transfer Trick Offer

Balance transfer offers seem like a great way to give yourself a holiday from accruing interest. But you've got to know how to handle the card correctly or you can get burned.   Here's how a balance transfer offer can bite you Let's say you have a balance on a ...

Scam: Small business phone system hackers

Scam: Small business phone system hackers

Hackers are now hitting small business phone systems and running up the international calling bill. Fortunately, there's a way to outsmart the criminals.

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.

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