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Preventing Online Auction Fraud

Find out, as much as possible about, how the internet auction works, what are your responsibilities as a buyer, and what the are seller’s obligations before you bid. Learn as much as possible about the seller, especially if the only information you have is an e-mail address. If it’s a business, check the Better Business […]

Cybersecurity tips for online dating

Online dating – once the ugly cousin of the dating world – is now hitting it off, especially for younger generations. In fact, Pew Research Center claims that while 3-in-10 Americans overall have used an online dating service, that number is much higher for Americans aged 18-29 (48%).  As with any digital innovation, cybersecurity concerns […]

Beware of malicious bots committing fraudulent activities

Malicious bots are automated programs that are designed to infect hosts and steal information. File-sharing and spam bots are the two most common types that pose a risk to personal or corporate security. The former tricks users into clicking a malicious link, while the latter floods the user’s inbox with spam mail, making it easier […]

Link your credit card — rather than your debit card — to your Venmo account

Linking your credit card to your Venmo account is safer than linking your debit card because credit cards have more legal protections governing fraud than debit cards. Additionally, when someone steals from your debit account, they are taking money directly from your pocket. However, when someone steals from your credit card, they aren’t taking your […]

Do your e-commerce homework

Fraudsters are fond of setting up fake e-commerce sites in times of unrest like the current pandemic. Prior to making a purchase, read reviews to hear what others say about the merchant. In addition, look for a physical location and any customer service information. It’s also a good idea to call the merchant to confirm […]

4 common imposter scams to watch out for

Impersonation is a popular tactic among cybercriminals today. By putting enough space between them and their victims, the internet makes it easy for scammers to pose as government agents, representatives of well-known organizations, and even loved ones via emails, direct messages, phone calls, etc. Once they have your trust, these fraudsters will try to coerce […]