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This July, defend against military consumer scams

July is Military Consumer Protection Month and the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Defense, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and other groups are highlighting tips and resources to help protect members of the military and their families.
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How scammers get your email

When your inbox is getting hit with phishing emails, you may wonder how scammers even found you in the first place. We did the research and are sharing five ways those scams end up in your inbox.
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FTC consumer alert: Cybersecurity advice to protect your connected devices and accounts

Our devices store a lot of personal information, so it’s a good idea to take a few minutes to make sure your computer, phone, and other connected devices are protected. The FTC offers their tips.
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New phishing scheme hitting inboxes

Phishing alert! Our fraud team is reporting a new round of phishing emails. This email has many of the classic hallmarks of a phishing attempt. Check it out.
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FTC: Welcome to Identity Theft Awareness Week 2022

Today the Federal Trace Commission (FTC) is kicking off Identity Theft Awareness Week 2022. Identity thieves have been busier than ever during the pandemic, with scammers and identity thieves after people’s information to apply for credit, unemployment benefits, file taxes, buy things, or get medical services. But there are some things you can do to protect yourself, and this week, you’ll learn how.
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Tips for securing smart home devices

From doorbells, lights, and thermostats, to refrigerators, stoves, and garage door openers, having internet-connected devices can offer loads of convenience—but they can also pose real security risks. Get seven tips to help keep your home network more secure.
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The 20 worst passwords of 2021

In 1987, comedian Mel Brooks made fun of the password 12345 (and those who use it) in one of his movies—but here’s the not-so-funny punchline: that same bad password is the third most-common one in use THIS YEAR. Find out what the other 19 are (and stop using them!).
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FTC tells you what you need to know about Amazon impersonators

Has Amazon contacted you to confirm a recent purchase you didn’t make or to tell you that your account has been hacked? The FTC shares this is a common scam and gives you ways to stay safe.
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FCC warns of Emergency Broadband program imposter website

Scammers are trying to capitalize on the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit Program by setting up illegitimate websites that ask for payments in return for devices and services. The FCC has issued a consumer advisory.
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BBB says: Watch out for fraudulent QR codes

When you receive email that doesn’t seem quite legit, you’ve been warned not to click on links or open unknown email attachments. Now there’s something new you need to be on the lookout for. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning consumers about phishy QR codes.
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