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Internet job scams: how to spot common red flags

In many ways, the internet has made searching for a new job easier than ever, but it has also made the process more dangerous. Scammers troll the internet in search of easy victims they can target with job scams. Find out what red flags you should watch out for as you search for new opportunities.
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Twitter bug exposes passwords

The social media platform revealed last week that a bug in the systems left all Twitter passwords exposed in an internal log. Beyond changing your password, Twitter has additional advice for you—tips that really applies in every data breach situation.
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FTC warns: new variation on tech support scams

In a tech support scam, you’re tricked into believing you must give remote access to your computer to solve a tech crisis of some sort. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning about a new variation on this scam that banks on their good name and real history.
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Consumer alert: latest data breaches at six big companies

It was not a great week for consumers or their personal and payment information. In a matter of days, SIX companies announced that data breaches could have exposed customer data from millions of customers. Given today’s digital world—even if you managed to avoid being impacted this week—it’s never a bad time to review some steps you can take after a breach:
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Trouble in Paradise: Avoiding Airbnb scams

Airbnb has made it possible for travelers to live like a local—literally renting out residents’ apartments or homes. While the Airbnb site itself is safe and reliable, scammers may try to lead you off that path.
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Clever tax scam for 2018 is a new twist on an old favorite

The Internal Revenue service warns that taxpayers could get conned into handing over tax refunds deposited in their accounts—that’s nothing new. The twist is that fraudsters file a real tax return with stolen data so filers get a real, but erroneous, refund. The criminals then pretend to be someone in authority to get taxpayers to “return” the refund money. Find out how it works and what you can do.
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Report: Your smart TV could get hacked, if not protected

Consumer Reports has found that many smart TVs are vulnerable to hacking if proper security measures are not put in place (i.e., a secure home Wi-Fi network). And, beyond the models they found to be at risk, smart TVs in general pose privacy risks you might not know about. Find out what you can do.
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Don’t be a fool for love: avoiding online dating scams

Everyone is looking for love, and in this digital age, many turn to online forums to find it. While many do find great relationships or fun dates through dating websites, others have felt the sting of costly scams. Monetary loss coupled with a broken heart? Far from a match made in heaven.
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Be on the lookout: Tax phishing scams are back

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the IRS are warning consumers about the return of tax scam season. We’ve talked about this before in 2015 and 2016—and that advice is still valid. However, there are two new scams making the rounds this year you need to watch out for.
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