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What You Need to Know About Identity Theft

Posted in: Fraud Awareness

Identity theft is an unfortunate fact of life in the digital age. You must stay vigilant and take care to protect your personal and financial information from those who wish to misuse it for their benefit. Read on to learn how to spot identity theft and what to do if you think you have been a victim of identity theft. Signs o...


Protecting Seniors from Identity Theft

Posted in: Fraud Awareness, Q&A

Identify theft is an unfortunate reality of our times, and seniors can be especially vulnerable to this life-altering crime. If you’re a senior yourself or are helping care for an elderly friend or family member, there are a number of things you can do to protect personal information from falling into the hands of the wrong pe...


Payday Loans or Cash Advance Stores

As the cost of everything continues to rise, many people are finding themselves running out funds before their next payday. Some are turning to payday loans or cash advance stores just to make ends meet. However, many people are not aware of the total cost of payday loans. Many payday borrowers don’t understand that a $15 or $...


How to Avoid Holiday Scams

Financial scams tend to pop up more around the holidays. Consumers are busy, buying lots of goods and more than willing to shell out extra cash for those in need. While generosity is the theme of the season, it’s vital consumers exhibit caution when making any purchase or donating to a charity. To help you stay alert and finan...


Signs of Housing Scams & Fraud

When the housing bubble burst in 2007, a slew of scam artists started targeting those who were most vulnerable – homeowners struggling to make their mortgage payments and facing foreclosure. It quickly became difficult to sort the real help from false hopes. Consumers around the country were scammed out of thousands of dollars...


How to Spot Online Job Scams

When you’re looking for work, it can be tempting to respond to every offer or opportunity. Unfortunately, scam artists take advantage of this vulnerable time in people’s lives by stealing personal information through bogus job offers, fake website applications and fake job postings. To help you better interpret employment...


Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft

The FTC estimates that as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year. This is often done to commit fraud, theft or other crimes. It can destroy a person’s credit and ruin their good name. It can also cost a lot of time and money to fix. Skilled identity thieves may use a variety of methods to get hol...