Identity Theft

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Charity Scams Popular

You want to help people in need, but you also want to be sure that your charitable donation isn't simply going into a crook's pocket. If you’re approached by an unfamiliar charity, check it out. Most states require charities to register with them and f ...

Computer Equipment and Software

You can find good deals on computer hardware and software on the Internet, but some offers may be too good to be true. Since these items are expensive, it pays to play it safe when you buy online. Know who you’re dealing with. If the seller is unfamili ...

Credit Card Loss Protection

If your credit card is lost or stolen, it can certainly be inconvenient. But beware of crooks that use scare tactics and false information to sell protection that consumers don't need. Know your rights. Under federal law, you’re not responsible for any ...

Government Grants

Claims of "free government grants" from the US government asking for personal information such as your Social Security and bank account numbers or pay a "processing fee." But instead of giving you a grant, the plan is to steal your identity, your money, o ...

Internet Access Services

Many companies offer connections to the Internet, help creating a Web site, and other Internet services. Some of these services are specifically geared to businesses that want to offer their own products or services online. Unfortunately, some companies t ...

Lotteries and Lottery Clubs

Congratulations! You get a call or letter informing you that you can win millions in a foreign lottery. Is this your lucky day? Nope, it's a scam. Crooks take advantage of our natural desire to win. You see state lotteries and other contests advertised ...

Malware

  You can download programs on the Internet to look at pictures, play games, listen to music, and enjoy other activities. Beware of "dangerous downloads" that may result in computer problems or expenses that you did not anticipate. Some downloads co ...

Phishing Popular

You've probably heard about identity theft–people stealing other people's personal information to use for illegal purposes. In a scheme called "phishing," ID thieves trick people into providing their Social Security numbers, financial account numbers, PIN ...

Scholarship Scams

Need a scholarship for college? The advertisement promises help, but you may learn the hard way that promises to get your a scholarship are false. Know who you’re dealing with. It may be a search company that is offering to help locate scholarships for ...