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Watch Out For Spring Cleaning Scams

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If you plan on calling in professionals to help you with your spring cleaning tasks, you may be targeted by one of the many scams that are rampant this time of year. Below, we’ve listed four of the most prevalent scams to watch out for this season. Stay safe!

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Beware COVID-19 Cure Scams

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Scammers have recognized an opportunity to rob innocent victims of their money while giving them false hope for defeating the virus. The FBI is warning of a surge in COVID-19 cure scams in which criminals peddle an alleged vaccine or treatment for coronavirus.

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Why You Should Never Abbreviate 2020

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It’s something everyone does: When you date a document, you just put the last two digits of the year on it. But doing that in 2020 can leave you open to a scam!

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How to Prevent Identity Theft

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No one can totally eliminate the risk of identity theft, but there are things you can do to reduce risk. Think of your Social Security Number (SSN), financial account numbers, and passwords as the Holy Grail—sacred and powerful. Protect them carefully.

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All You Need to Know About Data Breaches

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Data breaches have become a fact of life, with not a week going by without news of another company letting hackers get hold of customers’ data. But what should you do if your info is taken?

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Beware The Apple Support Scam!

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If you have an iPhone, iPad or a Macbook, you need to know about this recent, hard-to-spot scam. Hackers are impersonating Apple support in an effort to scrape sensitive information from Apple users’ devices. These scams can be difficult to identify and are often successful.

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Don't Call Back One-Ring Calls

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Riiiing! You race for the phone, but the caller has already hung up—after just one ring. How rude! You thumb through the Caller ID, poised to give your mysterious caller a ring back when you note the strange area code. Should you, or shouldn’t you, make this call?

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Beware of Tech Support Scams

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The FTC is warning of a surge in tech support scams, many of which can be difficult to spot.

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Tax Scams for 2019

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Each year, the IRS publishes the “Dirty Dozen,” a list of 12 scams that are rampant during that year’s tax season. This year, the IRS is cautioning taxpayers to be extra vigilant because of a 60% increase in email phishing scams over the past year.

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What Should I Look For In My Credit Report?

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The beginning of the year is a time of resolutions and renewal. That’s why the beginning of the year is a great time to check in on your financial standing.

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