Social Security Scams on the Rise

September 30, 2019 | By:
Posted in: Breach and Scam News

You may think that Social Security number (SSN) phone scams are a thing of the past, and that fraudsters have moved on to more creative ways to con individuals out of their money or steal their personal information. In fact, some scams remain more common than others because they continuously return results, and the phone …

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Examining the Financial Consequences of a Data Breach

September 23, 2019 | By:
Posted in: Business Protection

The likelihood of a company, big or small, facing a security incident has increased, and an estimated one in three organizations will fall victim in the next two years. As long as cybercriminals can make a profit from consumer and business data on the Dark Web, organizations will continue to be targeted by hackers. Businesses …

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Filed for a Tax Extension? You’re Still at Risk of Fraud

September 16, 2019 | By:
Posted in: Personal Protection

If you are one of the millions of taxpayers who have filed for a tax extension in 2019, the October 15th deadline is just around the corner. Fraudsters may have attempted to steal your identity and tax information throughout the year using a number of IRS tax fraud scams, and filing for an extension leaves …

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419 Million Facebook Account IDs and Phone Numbers Exposed

September 6, 2019 | By:
Posted in: Breach and Scam News

What Happened? – On Wednesday, September 4th, 2019, security researchers discovered an unprotected server containing over 419 million records of Facebook users. The server was not password protected, giving anyone access to the database consisting of millions of Facebook users’ unique Facebook ID and connected phone numbers. Some records included the user’s name, gender, and …

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Three Back to School Scams Targeting College Students

August 26, 2019 | By:
Posted in: Breach and Scam News

Children of every age are susceptible to identity theft — they make highly desirable targets with untapped credit histories and no debt, especially kids under eight years old. But as children grow older, begin to establish their own credit, and head off to college, they increasingly fall for scams that can lead to loss of …

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Small Businesses Must Demand More from their Banking Relationship

August 19, 2019 | By:
Posted in: Business Protection

Many Small to Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs) rely on their bank for all their checking and credit needs. But could they be doing more? A recent study by J.D. Power discovered only 37% of small business banking customers believe their bank appreciates their business, and 32% say their bank understands their business. A strong relationship is …

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Are Mobile Payments Right for You? Stay Safe When Paying with Your Phone

August 12, 2019 | By:
Posted in: Personal Protection

Using Your Phone as Your Wallet – If you are a frequent Starbucks visitor, you may have been an early adopter of the Starbucks app and been quickly introduced to mobile payments, or the “pay with your phone in-store” concept, when it was launched in 2011. A report by eMarketer says you were not alone, …

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Three Financial Scams Targeting Your Identity

July 29, 2019 | By:
Posted in: Breach and Scam News

There’s more than money at stake when it comes to a financial scam; consumers’ identities are also under attack. Opportunities that offer a large amount of money for minimal participation or investment are typically red flags, and there’s likely a criminal working to steal your money or personal information. Fraudsters pulling off imposter scams — …

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Building Barriers Against the Top Three Business Fraud Threats

July 22, 2019 | By:
Posted in: Business Protection

**Originally published July 7, 2015, updated July 22, 2019**Fraudsters are always in the market for a lucrative new target. So, what’s the most information-rich, security-poor victim they can exploit? A small business, of course.According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), an organization on average loses a whopping 5% of their revenue to fraud each year …

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