Category Archives: Fraud

Financial scams take more than your money

The consequences of being taken in by a scammer include three types of costs, according to a survey by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s Investor Education Foundation. In addition to the money lost in the fraud, victims generally incur legal … Continue reading

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Fight scammers the old-school way

    Scam artists are relentless in finding ways to take your money. But some old-school methods are still effective for protecting yourself. Here are suggestions. Fortify your computer and your phone. Install anti-virus and anti-spyware programs and update your … Continue reading

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College students: Be aware of phone scams

As you settle into your fall semester routine, both the FBI and the IRS want you to be alert for calls from scammers. The calls may spoof a legitimate number on your caller ID, and appear to come from an … Continue reading

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Take these steps to help prevent fraud in your business

How can you prevent employee fraud in your business? Here are four suggestions. Screen job applicants. Check work references, criminal records, and professional recommendations. By instituting a screening policy, you may save a lot of cash and grief. Just remember … Continue reading

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5 IRS Audit Red Flags

You may have done nothing wrong. But the prospect of an IRS audit makes everyone sweat. Many things probably go through your mind as you’re preparing a tax return or looking at one that’s been completed for you. Did I … Continue reading

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Do you know who you’re giving to?

Many charities use your donations wisely. Unfortunately, others spend too much of your contribution on fundraising and administrative expenses. Some even misrepresent themselves and solicit your money for phony causes. In today’s world, investigating a charity before you make a … Continue reading

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