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Internet fraud is growing at an alarming rate, and the most common complaint by far is auction fraud. Protect yourself by learning more about it here.

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Cheap Ways To Get New e-Book Titles

Book lovers no longer need have "service envy" toward Hulu Plus and Netflix customers who can binge on endless TV. You're getting a similar service of your very own!   A Netflix for books Oyster is a new service for e-book readers that offers unlimited books on an all you ...

eBay Scams Shift From Buyers To Sellers

There's a new scam plaguing eBay sellers that I want to bring to your attention. I've gotten several calls to my Consumer Action Center that lead me to believe one thing: We're seeing a surge in criminals establishing false identities as buyers on eBay, ordering high-end merchandise, and using stolen ...

Lifelock And eBay Are Latest Targets of Hackers

It's been another busy day in the world of data breaches. The latest companies to fall prey to hackers include Lifelock and eBay. Hackers target Lifelock In what seems like a great irony, Lifelock has had to pull its mobile app from the App Store and Google Play over what ...

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Ransomware: Holding Your Computer Hostage for Money

The worst ransomware to date is freezing up computers until consumers pay scammers hundreds of dollars to supposedly implement a fix. Crypto-Locker is apparently making the rounds and encrypting all the files on your computer hostage until you pay criminals $300 for them to unlock your files, according to The ...

Fee-free online banking options

Online banks are free to use, generally don't have surprise gotcha fees, and are winning rave reviews from customers. In general, online banking appeals to younger folks who don't want branches or even to look at someone face-to-face when they do their finances. USAA Federal Savings Bank, which caters to ...

Armed thieves posing as iPhone sellers on Craigslist

Craigslist.org has long posted a warning on its site that reads, "Deal locally with folks you can meet in person. Follow this one rule and avoid 99% of scam attempts." Well, now there's a new warning I have to give you about doing business face-to-face with people. The San Francisco ...

Is Amazon Prime worth it?

Amazon Prime members get free 2-day shipping and other perks, but is it worth the new $99 admission price? Effective April 17, the price of an Amazon Prime membership will jump from $79 to $99. That's prompted a lot of people to ask me what I think about the price ...

Fake eBay email scam warning

In early January, our team received a letter from 82-year-old Marjorie telling us about a mink coat that her grandson Christopher tried to sell for her on eBay.  It’s a sad tale that follows, but a great learning lesson for others… In October 2013, Christopher was asked to help his ...

Cookies are toast, so what's next in online tracking?

When it comes to tracking your activity online, the cookie is going away. But where are the laws we need to protect us as Internet tracking evolves? Apple has a unique identifier for every mobile device they sell. Then they provide that unique code to advertisers, so you can be ...

Think twice before clicking "Unsubscribe me"

You get emails from all kinds of businesses. They all seem to have an unsubscribe link. But should you actually click on that link? The answer depends on who you get it from. If it is from a legit organization you do business with, it's OK. But if it's from ...

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