Are you overlooking the must-do task of protecting your identity? Long gone are the days when taking steps to protect your identity was optional, or something you did only if you had reason to believe your identity had been compromised.
You’ve probably dreamed about what you’d do if you won the lottery—quit your job, build your dream home or even donate a large sum of money to your favorite charity. Scammers know these dreams and feelings well...and prey on them.
Gone are the days when hackers were the weekend enthusiasts you tolerated on the golf course. With the rise of the Internet and electronic devices has come the rise of cybercrime: criminal activity using computers or other electronic devices.
As the looming April deadline closes in, Americans are concerned with getting their taxes done correctly and on time. And as financial information starts to fly between individuals, tax preparers and the IRS, concerns about personal security are rising.
Phishing is the act of sending an email or other notification to an individual falsely claiming to be an established, legitimate enterprise, in an attempt to collect private information that could be used for identity theft.
In this scam, calls often come late at night, and the callers are in a panic, saying they’re in an emergency situation. Posing as grandchildren, the con artists often beg their victims to transfer money as quickly as possible.
As the economy worsens, instances of elder financial abuse are likely to rise. The elderly are particularly vulnerable to scams and financial abuse by friends, acquaintances, caregivers and family members in need of money.