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4 Scams to Watch for After the Holidays

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The weeks after the holiday season generally bring an increase in scams that can be difficult to spot. Watch out for these common post-holiday scams.

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4 Scams to Watch Out for this Black Friday

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Black Friday has traditionally been the day that kicks off the holiday shopping season but it’s also been a day that kicks off the season of shopping scams. Here are four scams to watch out for this Black Friday and throughout the holiday shopping season.

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All You Need to Know About Multifactor Authentication

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Multifactor authentication (MFA) provides an extra layer of protection for your accounts and sensitive data. Here’s all you need to know about MFA, how it works and why it’s an important step in protecting your information.

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Beware the USPS Smishing Text Scam

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Your phone pings with an incoming text. You swipe it open to find a message from the USPS. They’re texting to let you know that the scheduled delivery time for your package has been changed. Unfortunately, though, the message is not from the USPS and you’ve just been targeted by a scam. Here’s what you need to know about the USPS smishing text scam.

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Beware the Pending Package Scam

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Everyone loves a surprise package, and scammers are taking the excitement out of that experience by using bogus packages as a cover for a nefarious scam that tricks victims into sharing their personal information — and their money.

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Political Fundraising Scams

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Election fever is now at an all-time high and so are election scams. From schemes that steal your vote to ones promising dream vacations in exchange for participation in a poll or survey, there’s no shortage of scams centering on elections.

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How Can I Protect Myself from Payment App Scams?

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Q: I’ve heard there’s been an increase in scams through mobile payment apps, like Cash App. Can I continue using these apps safely?

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Watch Out for These Scams as the Country Moves Toward Reopening

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As the country moves forward and adapts to the new realities, scammers aren’t far behind. Watch out for these trending scams as the country reopens.

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Beware Unemployment Scams

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When there’s bad news, the scammers aren’t far behind. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Americans have lost a collective $13.4 million to coronavirus-related fraud since the beginning of 2020, and unemployment scams have contributed their fair share to the loss.

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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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