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Criminals with a Conscience?

August 15, 2007 Alanna 0

Criminals test stolen credit cards to make sure they are still active and have not been cancelled by making small test purchases. Credit card companies watch for these transactions as a clue that the cards might be stolen. Criminals have […]

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Social Security Swindle

August 13, 2007 Amy 0

Sometimes, as much as we hate to have to wade through junk mail, it pays to go through and read all of your mail! Just ask an Arkansas woman who opened a letter from the Social Security Administration that began, […]

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Consumer Alert!

August 9, 2007 Amy 0

People in the Tri-State area have been getting phone calls from unnamed individuals who address them by name and claim they are from the bank. The caller then informs them that their bank account number is being changed and tells […]

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Babies with Bad Credit?

July 26, 2007 Amy 1

No one is immune from identity theft, it seems.  Even children and infants are at risk for identity theft, according to a recent article in The New York Times.  According to the article: The F.T.C. and privacy specialists caution against blowing the problem […]

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A Basic How-to on Avoiding Scams

July 19, 2007 Amy 2

It’s National Consumer Protection week and therefore it’s time to make sure you’re up to date about what you can do to prevent being a scam victim.  Herb Weisbaum from has written The Ten Consumer Commandments, which is summarized below: […]

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A New Twist on Identity Theft

June 25, 2007 Sara 0

We all know that identity theft occurs when someone steals your name, social security number, and date of birth date to open up credit cards and/or make purchases with your information. According to, now there’s a new twist to […]

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Credit Card Data on Receipts

June 5, 2007 Alanna 0

Federal Law prohibits businesses from printing your full credit card number and expiration date on sales receipts. Receipts must have no more than the last 5 digits. This only applies to electronically printed receipts, not handwritten or imprinted ones, and […]

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Online Fraud Protection Warning by FBI

May 22, 2007 Alanna 0

The FBI is warning people to be careful about what information you might be entering in on a hotel, or Internet café computer. In the latest twist, crooks install keystroke-logging programs on computers in hotel business centers and Internet cafes. […]

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ID Theft Quiz

March 28, 2007 Mary Beth 1

Determine how well you are guarding against identity theft by taking this short quiz. (I got an 18!)