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Privacy Is Dead: What You Still Can Do to Protect Yourself

Adam Levin | Posted 08.27.2015 | Technology
Adam Levin

In the absence of instant security gratification at a time when breaches have become the third certainty in life and consumers are the product -- how do we better protect ourselves?

How to Avoid a Vacation Rental Nightmare

U.S. News Travel | Posted 08.20.2015 | Travel
U.S. News Travel

Before you book your next vacation rental, read these tips to understand your consumer rights and what you can do if the property isn't what you expected.

Ashley Madison Hack: How to Protect Your Finances

Robert Harrow | Posted 08.20.2015 | Business
Robert Harrow

Anytime a big breach like the recent Ashley Madison hack/leak happens, one question tends to come to my mind: how ready are people to protect themselves? There is a myriad of steps individuals can take before and after they fall victim to a hack or scam.

6 Easy Ways to Avoid Fraud Abroad

Orbitz.com | Posted 08.04.2015 | Travel
Orbitz.com

Travel should be about fun, sun and relaxation, not worrying about where your credit card info or personal identity might end up. The only risks you should be taking on vacation involve a second--or maybe third--round of margaritas poolside.

9 Summer Scams and How You Can Avoid Them

Adam Levin | Posted 07.23.2015 | Crime
Adam Levin

Summer is a time for sun, fun, exploration and relaxation. Unfortunately, as we unwind there are those who gear up to take advantage of our moments of diversion and distraction. Scammers love summer, too.

Customer Service Survey Scams: Don't Fall for Them!

NextAdvisor.com | Posted 07.22.2015 | Business
NextAdvisor.com

Scammers are creative when it comes to devising schemes to try and steal your identity and money, and the BBB and the AARP have been warning consumers about such a scam lately regarding fake customer service surveys.

4 Tips to Protect Seniors Against Fraud and Identity Theft

NextAdvisor.com | Posted 07.22.2015 | Fifty
NextAdvisor.com

Although most anyone can be a target of fraud and identity theft, senior identity theft is on the rise and those ages 50+ are often in the cross-hairs of scammers. The U.S. government is taking steps to help circumvent the high level of fraud aimed at seniors, but it can only do so much -- and progress in this area has been fairly slow.

Money Cannot Be The God of Life: How CEO Pay Drives Inequality

Heather Gautney | Posted 07.22.2015 | Politics
Heather Gautney

Lawmakers have failed to keep the wage apace with inflation so that its value is now less than it was five decades ago.

The 'Do Whatever It Takes' Attitude Gone Wrong

Russ Warner | Posted 07.20.2015 | Business
Russ Warner

In 2000, KPMG began conducting an annual integrity survey to highlight changes and attitudes in the workplace. Sadly, the survey continues to reveal that in spite of all the transparency demanded by society, it looks like there are many improvements to be made.

How To Spot A Travel Scam

U.S. News Travel | Posted 07.15.2015 | Travel
U.S. News Travel

If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

What to do if Someone Files a False Tax Return in Your Name

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 07.09.2015 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

Few things cause more concern than a letter in the mail from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Though the agency sends out letters or notices for many reasons, identity theft is one of the fastest-growing issues for the IRS.

Does Your State's Unclaimed Funds Expose Too Much Private Information?

Adam Levin | Posted 07.01.2015 | Technology
Adam Levin

The crux of the problem when it comes to reporting unclaimed property: It's impossible to be guarded and careful about something you don't even know exists, and of course it's much easier to steal something if you know that it does.

No Whistleblowing for David, Only Goliath

Sue Veres Royal | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Sue Veres Royal

We know that nonprofits make enormous contributions to society. To protect the integrity of the sector, a revision to this law is needed. In the meantime, nonetheless, I hope you will step forward if you find yourself in a situation in which unethical practices are taking place.

Rachel Dolezal - White Like Me - A Parody

Juliet Jeske | Posted 06.19.2015 | Comedy
Juliet Jeske

Comedians Kelley Lynn and Juliet Jeske's take on Rachel Dolezal.

Predatory Prosecution: The Government Couldn't Hold Wall Street Accountable, So They Harassed Innocent Chinese-Americans Instead

Michael Shtender-Auerbach | Posted 06.12.2015 | Business
Michael Shtender-Auerbach

The trial of Abacus Federal Savings Bank is finally over, and the verdict is "not guilty" on all counts. This outcome should be a tremendous relief to advocates of Wall Street accountability, and the fact that the case got as far as it did should be an extraordinary embarrassment to District Attorney Cyrus Vance and his office.

Daniel Marans

Sheldon Whitehouse: Sue Fossil Fuel Companies For Climate Fraud

HuffingtonPost.com | Daniel Marans | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) has a new plan to combat climate change: sue fossil fuel companies for fraud. In a May 29 op-ed in The Washington ...

The Ghost Hotel -- Hotel Booking Fraud Raises Its Ugly Head

Dane Steele Green | Posted 07.21.2015 | Travel
Dane Steele Green

Woo-hoo! You are all set for your vacation! The bags are packed, the plane tickets bought; you even lined up somebody to water the fichus. And of course, you booked the swanky hotel. Or did you?

5 Ways Your Email Address Can Be Used Against You

Adam Levin | Posted 05.28.2015 | Crime
Adam Levin

Email addresses are like opinions--nearly everyone has one. It is the most public piece of personal information you have besides your name. But what you may not know about your email address could hurt you.

7 Scams That Can Absolutely Wreck Your Finances

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Ellen Breslau | Posted 05.16.2015 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com Identity theft, imposter scams, charity scams, Medicare scams—the ways crooks have devised to bilk you out of your ...

10 Tips to Protect Yourself From Scammers and Safeguard Your Financial Health

Martha T.S. Laham | Posted 05.15.2015 | Fifty
Martha T.S. Laham

If you're presented with a document, such as a contract or an agreement, and you don't fully understand it, don't sign it.

Behind the Fraud Charges Against ITT Education

Robert Shireman | Posted 05.13.2015 | Business
Robert Shireman

The SEC alleges that ITT executives engaged in a scheme to hide looming losses from loans the company guaranteed to students attending its colleges. The company denies the fraud.

Court Case Shows How Health Insurers Rip off You and Your Employer

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

You might want to suggest that your employer look into this. It's possible, maybe even likely, that your health insurer has been ripping off both you and your employer -- to the tune of several million dollars every year -- for decades.

This Mother's Day Should You Press Flowers or Fraud Charges?

Adam Levin | Posted 05.07.2015 | Crime
Adam Levin

More than 30% of identity theft cases involve a family member or close friend. The reason is simple: access.

9 States With The Most Identity Theft Complaints

24/7 Wall St. | Thomas C. Frohlich & Mark Lieberman | Posted 05.06.2015 | Business

Oh, Florida.

Due Diligence: Trust But Verify

Brad Reid | Posted 06.29.2015 | Business
Brad Reid

Due diligence is the investigation that a reasonable person would make in good faith to ascertain the facts in a situation or to determine the truthfulness of assertions. Depending upon the circumstances and issues at stake, this inquiry may be quite broad and detailed.