Category Archives: Online Scams

11 Tips To Protect You From Identity Theft & Related Tax Fraud

Kelly Phillips Erb If the chatter is to be believed, identity theft tops the list of taxpayer concerns for 2018. And it’s not all in your head: an Identity Fraud Study, released by Javelin Strategy & Research, found that identity thieves stole $16 billion from 12.7 million U.S. consumers in 2014, a new victim every two seconds . Those statistics are scary but there is some good news to be found in the report: the… Read More »

The Rising Medicare Scams You Need to Know About

Grace Birnstengel, Next Avenue Associate Editor Open Enrollment time is here, and in addition to navigating the Medicare maze to get the best benefits possible, those eligible for the federal health program for Americans 65+ have another thing to be worried about: Medicare scams. The Federal Trade Commission warns that scammers may pose as “official” Medicare agents over the phone or at the door in an attempt to gather personal information or swindle people into purchasing… Read More »

National Consumer Protection Week

Financial security involves more than having a retirement plan or a way to accumulate wealth. It also requires being vigilant to protect your finances so you don’t fall victim to fraud. Sunday marked the start of National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), an annual coordinated campaign that promotes resources available online from government agencies and consumer organizations to help people make smarter buying decisions and spot rip-offs.  Created 19 years ago by the Federal Trade Commission… Read More »