Fraud Awareness Week: Prepare Your Business for Holiday Scam Season

Although we don’t like to admit it, succeeding as a small to mid-sized business (SMBs) takes more than a great idea and strong work ethic. Vigilance and the ability to anticipate the unexpected — whether it’s unforeseen costs, dips in the economy, or other more ominous issues — is all part of the job description for every small business owner. Continue reading

Social Security Scams on the Rise

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 call remains one of the favorite vehicles for identity thieves. It’s an inexpensive way for criminals to reach out and snag someone unaware, getting them to hand over their Personally Identifiable Information (PII) without realizing who is actually on the other end of the line. Continue reading

Three Financial Scams Targeting Your Identity

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 — attempting to earn your trust so you will send them money or personal information — can commit synthetic identity theft with just two pieces of your Personally Identifiable Information (PII), the kind of details often required to participate in “fast cash” or easy “work from home” jobs. Continue reading