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How to Steer Clear of Tax Season Scams

*This blog contains research discovered by Elizabeth Farrell It’s that time of year again – tax season! Whether you’ve already filed in the hopes of an early refund or have yet to start the process, one thing is for sure: cybercriminals will certainly use tax season as a means to ...

Family Safety

Don’t Take the Bait! How to Steer Clear of Tax Time Scams

For cybercriminals tax time is the most wonderful time of the year. They are in the shadows giddy, eager, and methodically setting a variety of digital traps knowing that enough taxpayers take the bait to render their efforts worthwhile. Indeed, with the frenzy of online tax filings, personal information (and ...

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How To Sidestep Popular Social Scams

Each year, internet users lose billions of dollars to online scams, using clever ploys to trick us out of our information and money. By offering prizes, referencing current events, or just creating a sense of urgency, scammers know how to get us to click when we really shouldn’t. Check out ...

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Customer Support Scams Are Popping up in Social Media Ads: How to Stay Secure

Many of us rely on customer support websites for navigating new technology. Whether it’s installing a new piece of software or troubleshooting a computer program, we look to customer support to save the day. Unfortunately, cybercriminals are leveraging our reliance on customer support pages to access our personal information for financial ...

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Don’t Get Duped: How to Spot 2018’s Top Tax Scams

It’s the most vulnerable time of the year. Tax time is when cyber criminals pull out their best scams and manage to swindle consumers — smart consumers — out of millions of dollars. According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), crooks are getting creative and putting new twists on old scams ...

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Top Online Scams & How To Avoid Them

If you’re like most people, going online is a natural part of your day and you don’t focus on the dangers that may lurk there. But the unfortunate truth is that crooks and scammers around the globe have become very good at tricking us out of our information and money. ...

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How to Identify Three Common Phishing Scams

Time and time again, phishing scams have gotten the best of us. Take the recent W-2 attacks that are everywhere this tax season, or the  phishing scam affecting Gmail users. Google was required to release a patch within Chrome to address the problem, but the scam was surprisingly simple – ...

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Mystery Shopping Scams: What They Look Like, and How to Avoid Them

Mystery shopping can be exhilarating. It’s almost like the life of a spy, as you send secret details back to an elusive source, while they pay for every luxury. But it’s not all glamorous. While many mystery shopping gigs are indeed legitimate, participants can sometimes become victims of double-crossing, targeted ...

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Don’t Let Scams Be the Cause of your March Madness

This blog post was written by Bruce Snell. For basketball fans, March is a great month.  It’s time to fill out your bracket and cheer for your favorite team.  Sports bars will see increased business as friends get together to watch the game and have fun.  It’s also a time ...

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Adobe Flash Player Installer Scams Reappear on Google Play

Adobe Flash Player has been a boon to Android malware creators for a long time. These developers have taken advantage of Flash’s popularity to create premium SMS Trojans and droppers, as well as other types of malware. McAfee Labs has detected a common scam app–Android/Fladstep.B–on the Google Play store since ...

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