Technology

Share the National Consumer Protection Week video

National Consumer Protection Week — March 2-8 this year — is a time to highlight free consumer resources that help people avoid scams, prevent identity theft and make more informed buying decisions. Just in time for this 16th annual celebration, here’s a new video, available in the NCPW Toolkit, to help you get the word out about the week to your network of colleagues, neighbors, friends and family. Continue Reading >

Random text message? No real prize is waiting for you

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Don’t reply to — or click on — a link for a random text message you see on your phone saying that you’ve won a prize, gift card or an expensive electronic like an iPad. It’s most likely a scam. Continue Reading >

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Technology, Scam Alerts

Reset a Resolution for Safer Internet Day

It’s been 42 days since New Year’s. Have you broken any resolutions? Safer Internet Day is the perfect day for a “replacement” resolution. If you promise yourself to be safe, secure, and responsible online, the tips at OnGuardOnline.gov can help.

Want to keep your money safe from fraud? Promise yourself you’ll avoid scams online. Continue Reading >

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Technology

The New Net Cetera: Hot off the Press

This just in: The revision of the FTC’s free guide, Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online, is hot off the press. The booklet has updated tips for parents, teachers, and other adults to use when talking with kids about online safety and digital citizenship.

So what’s new? The guide reflects changes in the online space since it came out in 2009. Among other timely and important issues, you can find tips on: Continue Reading >

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Technology

How to Beat a Mobile Cramming Scam

Have you checked your mobile phone bill lately? See any charges for random text messages you get? Not reading your statement with an eye out for fraudulent charges crammed onto your bill can be a costly mistake. Continue Reading >

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Scam Alerts, Technology

Sharing Your Location… In a Flash

Imagine this: You’re at home one evening when a sudden storm knocks out your power. You reach for that flashlight you keep in the kitchen drawer just for emergencies. You flip the switch, and the flashlight asks for your location. That would be weird, huh?

Well, that could be exactly what’s happening — on your phone. Continue Reading >

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Technology

Getting Your Money Back After a Tech Support Scam

If you’ve ever had a virus on your computer, you know what a nightmare it can be — a slow computer that crashes unexpectedly, your contact lists getting messages that you didn’t send, your online accounts vulnerable to hacking.

Perhaps just as frustrating as a virus infecting your computer? Paying someone to get rid of a virus that isn’t there. Continue Reading >

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Scam Alerts, Technology

How Some Companies Get a Sneak Peek at Your Life … Literally

Every now and then, many of us get the strange feeling someone’s watching us. Given how easy it is these days for companies to gather information about where we are, what we’re doing, and how we’re doing it, this may well be more than a feeling.

Even so, here’s one that really takes the cake: Continue Reading >

Don't Text Back

You get a text message claiming your email account has been hacked. The message asks you to text back in order to reactivate your account. Has your account really been hacked, or is this a scam?

Here’s an example of a spam text making the rounds:

User #25384: Your Gmail profile has been compromised. Text back SENDNOW in order to reactivate your account.

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Scam Alerts, Technology

Two Tickets from Parasites (Don’t Get Scammed on Your Way to the Show)

Your favorite band is in town and you are ready to rock. Sure, tickets may be sold out at the box office — but that’s no big deal: An ad online says great seats still are available.  

Whoa, Nellie! Scammers know how badly you want to see that show.  The Federal Trade Commission is getting complaints from people who, unknowingly, have bought counterfeit tickets to concerts and other events.  

Here’s how to avoid a scammer’s song and dance: Continue Reading >

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Scam Alerts, Technology

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