Posted in: Personal Protection

Didn’t Read the Fine Print? Join the Club

November 17, 2014 | By:

Subscription Box

A surge in membership product clubs highlights the importance of reading the fine print before splurging on a subscription box. Interested in beauty, health, pets or food? Then there’s a subscription box out there for you! Companies such as Birchbox, Bark Box and POPSUGAR send out monthly packages of surprise goodies right to your door, …

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Identity Theft and Holiday Cheer Don’t Mix: Tips to Keep Your Information Safe

November 11, 2014 | By:

Holiday Cheer

With the holiday shopping season fast approaching, it’s important to be ready to protect yourself and your identity from scammers and fraudsters waiting to pounce — whether in crowded malls or the online marketplace. The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), in fact, reports increased activity in its call center during the first three months of …

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9 Credit Freeze Myths Debunked

November 8, 2014 | By:

Credit Freeze

Credit can be a perplexing subject at times. Add the fear of identity theft to the matter and it becomes a downright stressful situation. If you want assistance to help keep fraudsters from infiltrating your finances, you may consider placing a credit freeze on your credit report.Many have heard of a credit freeze, but there …

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Posted in: Small Business Protection

Protect Your Business from the Top Perpetrators of Occupational Fraud

November 5, 2014 | By:

Perpetrators of Occupational Fraud

When it comes to occupational fraud, small businesses (those with less than 100 employees) are hit disproportionately hard, suffering a median annual loss of $154,000, according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). That’s a significant chunk of many small business budgets, and many owners find it difficult to bounce back from such a …

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Posted in: Small Business Protection

Top Ways to Detect Fraud in Your Business

October 28, 2014 | By:

BusinessFraud

Each year, organizations around the world typically lose 5 percent of revenues to fraud. The cost is staggering: if this percentage were applied to the 2013 estimated Gross World Product, it would translate to a projected global fraud loss of nearly $3.7 trillion, according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). Fortunately, there are …

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Check Fraud Ring Targets Women Nationwide

October 21, 2014 | By:

Felony Lane Gang

Criminal Profile: Felony Lane Gang In the past five years, a Florida-based criminal organization has victimized more than 250 people across the country—stealing an estimated $1.3 million in the process. Dubbed the “Felony Lane Gang,” these crooks may sound like a group of hardened street thugs, but they are actually credited with running one of …

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Fraud Happens…How Will You Protect Your Information?

October 14, 2014 | By:

Oct 2014 AR_Fraud Protection Plan

A trip to the beach this past summer gave me yet another new perspective on sharing information online. Think of the World Wide Web as an ocean: its vast deepness invisible to us on the surface. Now imagine your personal information is a baby sea turtle.  Stay with me, because your personally identifiable information has an …

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Robocalls Target Senior Citizens

October 13, 2014 | By:

Robocalls

There’s an illegal and downright annoying scam targeting senior citizens, and it looks like it’s here to stay. Medical alert companies have been using robocalling to con unsuspecting victims into ordering their not-so-free, “free” products. Robocalling is when a perpetrator uses an auto dialer to call a large number of people at once. If the …

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Posted in: Small Business Protection

Data Encryption Trends in Companies Worldwide

October 8, 2014 | By:

global encryption

The term encryption, previously relegated to business circles, has become part of common usage as data breaches become almost daily news and the public becomes aware of the need to protect data. But what exactly is encryption? In basic terms, it’s the process of encoding information in such a way that only authorized parties can …

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