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April 15, 2013
Stop Identity Theft Scams

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Learn the latest tips on protecting yourself against phishing, smishing, vishing and other identity theft scams.


It's unfortunate, but identity thieves are hard at work devising new ways to hack into your computer and smartphone. If you're not hyper-vigilant, they'll try to trick you into providing financial or personal information. Often they'll use a heightened sense of urgency and pose as a trusted source, like your bank, credit card issuer, a friend or even the government.

Beware of emails, text messages or calls asking you to verify sensitive account information and avoid clicking on links or email attachments they contain. Even if the request sounds legitimate, look up the organization yourself and contact them directly.

Use spam blockers and always keep your anti-virus software up to date.

Bottom line: Identity thieves are always one scam ahead of the authorities, so be on your guard.

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