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Watch out for rental scams

When applying to rent a home, prospective renters often need to provide landlords with personal information like their Social Security number, rental history and employment information. Watch out for fake apartment listings that aim to steal that personal information. If an apartment has a price that is too good to be true, it likely is. […]

Contact your state health department to ensure a contact tracer is real

The Federal Trade Commission warned of fake contact tracers trying to gather personal information from consumers. For reference, a contact tracer will never ask you for money or ask for any personal financial information, nor will they ask about your immigration status or send you links to download. If a supposed contact tracer does any […]

Random text message? No real prize is waiting for you

Please don’t reply to — or click on — a link for a random text message you see on your phone saying that you’ve won a prize, gift card or an expensive electronic like an iPad. It’s most likely a scam. Delete random texts, especially those that ask you to enter a special code, or […]

How to protect yourself from phishing scams related to COVID-19

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning consumers to be wary of phishing scams related to COVID-19. With the vaccine rollout well underway, scammers have taken the opportunity to contact people claiming to have vaccine information or even miracle cures in an attempt to obtain sensitive information from them. Others go a different route, pretending […]

Lookout for scams aimed at older adults

For older adults being online lets them stay abreast of current events, connect with friends and family, shop, manage finances, play games, and anything else you can think of. But just as you fasten your seat belt before driving, take precautions before using the Internet to be sure you are safe and secure. The FTC […]

Be wary of phony social media profiles on Facebook

Ever received a friend or follow request from somebody you don’t know who didn’t seem to have a lot of information on their profile? Have you come across profiles that were created recently and only seem interested in promoting a specific political agenda? These could be signs of fake social media accounts. They may be […]