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Immunize yourself against coronavirus scams

UPDATED! The best way to avoid a scam is to know the red flags. This means it’s never too soon to get immunized against the current strain of malicious tricks. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Word Health Organization (WHO), the Better Business Bureau (and more) are spreading the word.
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NCPW: A great excuse to refresh your memory and learn new things

National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) is coming from March 1-7. It's a great time to refresh your memory on the best ways to avoid scams, identity theft, and get informed about consumer protection issues. Find out some easy ways to get quick tips.
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How you got scammed in 2019

Spoiler alert: consumers got scammed a LOT in 2019 and lost a ton of money in the process. Every year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) maintains a database of fraud activity from state and federal law enforcement, private partners, and consumers like you. Get seven key takeaways from last year's data.
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FTC: Watch out for tax identity theft

‘Tis the season when the tidings come in envelopes stamped “Important Tax Return Document Enclosed.” Yes, it’s tax filing season, and the season’s Grinches are the tax identity thieves and government imposters who are hoping to steal your money. Find out what you need to watch out for and how to steer clear of these scams.
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Off-Facebook Activity: see how much Facebook knows about you

The still-popular social network just rolled out a new privacy tool for users called “Off-Facebook Activity.”  The boring name undersells what it does—it gives insight into all the ways Facebook is stalking you even when you’re elsewhere on the internet. Find out how to find this new control feature and what you can do.
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Data Privacy Day: Be aware of key threats

Data Privacy Day, led by the National Cyber Security Alliance, is an international effort to create annual awareness about the importance of safeguarding your personal data. They offer some great and easy tips to help you "Own Your Privacy."
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Abbreviate 2020? Experts Say ‘No’

Social media and news outlets have been warning against using the abbreviated version of the year 2020 when signing financial and legal papers. The concern is that, by not using the full four-digit year in 2020, you could increase your chances for fraud. Get the real story from experts.
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New year, new tech updates

The new year is the perfect time to start fresh with some technology updates. And don’t worry about it costing lots of money—in most cases you don’t need to spend a dime to gain features and, more importantly, to increase your online safety.
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FTC: Tips for holiday gift card shopping

Gift cards are one quick way to get through your last-minute holiday shopping list. But before you give (and get) gift cards, here are a few things you need to know.
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Smart home safety tips

With the lure of convenience, smart-home devices are more popular than ever—and now they’re popular with hackers too. The security of a network is only as strong as the weakest link and often connected devices such as stoves, refrigerators, doorbells, and thermostats are those weak points. Get tips to stay safe.
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