Your letter from the Internal Revenue Service says a bogus tax return was already filed in your name. Or your electronically filed return bounces back because fake returns are already on file with your Social Security number (SSN). Surprise: You may be the victim of identity theft. What can you do?
While the Internal Revenue Service may not be your favorite federal agency, criminals posing as IRS representatives are unquestionably the much bigger problem. Here’s what to know to protect yourself.
Old age should come with a caution label for many reasons. Most of us expect to live longer than our parents or grandparents. And with longer life come difficulties – and sometimes financial predators.
Tax authorities demand to know why a fourth grader never reported thousands of dollars in income from a factory job. Collection agencies suddenly hound a college student for more than a decade’s worth of credit card debt. Shocking but true: Children and minors are actually almost as likely as adults to be victims of identity theft.
We feel safe in a diminishing number of places these days, and online sure isn’t one. Identity theft and cyberattacks seem to run rampant almost every day. How can you fend off intrusions that might cost you agonizing hours – not to mention a lot of money – to correct?
What’s all the fuss? The major culprit of Sony’s data breach was Sony itself, for inept security. Plus, North Korea’s invasion of Sony’s internal computer system is hardly an act of war. And if the breach portends future cyber threats, would North Korea tip its hand over something so stupid as trying to cancel the release of a movie, “The Interview”?
The weather is starting to get chilly (if not downright cold) and you already have packed your bags to head south for the winter. Before you surrender to daydreams of sandals and shorts on New Year’s Day, here are a few smart tips to safeguard yourself and your property, if you plan to be away from your primary residence for the winter.
Know who never seems to take a holiday? Scammers pretending to be the Internal Revenue Service. Don’t become the next victim; here’s what to know to protect yourself.
It seems that credit card fraud and major retailer breaches are just a part of our everyday life now. As these attacks continue and hit more often, the best thing you can do is to be informed on how to prevent and minimize the damage.
It’s easy for investors to become a con artist’s mark, according to financial advisors. Many of the victims scammed in Bernie Madoff’s $65 billion Ponzi scheme were sophisticated at investing. Very sophisticated. One such person – a former trader – invested because he played basketball with Madoff’s accountant.
If successful people are prone to invest in fraudulent private companies, what is the common investor to do? Is there any hope for the average person to invest in private companies and not be ripped off? Here are some tips and red flags to look for before investing.