Crooks Beating Chipped Cards

May 3, 2016 by

Credit and debit cards with embedded chip EMV technology should reduce fraud. But, predictably, already work arounds like complete account takeover are exploding. Can you beat the ingenious and determined bad guys?

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Another Wall Street Fleece

Aug 4, 2015 by

Let’s say after cumulative contributions of $25,000 during your working years, in retirement you’ve withdrawn over the last two years all of a brokerage account’s balance—$60,000—to pay retirement living expenses. You’ll have to cough up $35,000 if Madoff-style fraud thenbankrupts the brokerage.

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Brokerage Account Fraud

Mar 10, 2015 by

Here’s a great reason you may not have thought of to do everything you can to protect yourself from online fraud.

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Smart Cards Coming to U.S.

Sep 2, 2014 by

Credit cards with embedded chips and beefed up security features are at last being introduced in the U.S. Will “smart cards” end credit card fraud?

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Card Fraud Blame Shift

Mar 10, 2014 by

A large bank in Canada refuses to refund a credit card customer’s claim of a fraudulent $81,276 charge because the customer’s PIN authorized the charge.

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Tax ID Theft Awareness

Jan 8, 2014 by

Due to explosive growth in the scam, the FTC has made January 13-17 Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week. What are the risks? What should you do if you’re victimized?

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Target Payment Card Hack

Dec 27, 2013 by

Did you use a credit or debit card at a U.S. Target during November 27 (Black Friday) through December 15? Then you need to read this!

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Top 10 FTC 2012 Complaints

Mar 6, 2013 by

A crook may already have filed your tax return and collected a refund in your place. That crime is behind an explosion in ID theft complaints to the FTC.

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Hot Spot Security

Feb 20, 2013 by

For the right guy with the right equipment, plucking your personal information out of thin air is a cinch.

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Tax Season Identity Theft

Jan 28, 2013 by

Nearly 1 million tax returns were fraudulently filed in 2011. How can you protect yourself? Or can you?

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