Colleen Pallamary

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That cheap beach vacation rental on Craigslist could be a scam

The rental listing looked like Rhiana Scholz's Ocean City, Maryland condo, with the same balcony overlooking blue ocean and promises of hot sun, boardwalk fries and lazy beach days.<p>The ad for Scholz's condo was posted on Craigslist.<p>The Baltimore woman doesn't use Craigslist to advertise.<p>"I was just …

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Why Are Credit Card Numbers on the Back Now?

The trend has taken off in recent years. Here’s why.<p>If you’ve recently received a new credit card, you may have noticed a change. Perhaps what was …

Everything You Need to Know About Freezing Your Credit

It protects your identity, but there's a cost.<p>These days, it seems as if every time you read the news, there's been another data breach. Listing all …

Here's exactly what you need to protect yourself from increasingly competent identity thieves

Your information is out there, and free credit freezes won’t solve the problem. If you haven’t already taken steps to protect yourself, you should now.<p>Equifax. Target. Yahoo. Ashley Madison ... The list goes on. It seems no company is immune to a leak or a hack these days, and the warnings from …

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New Medicare cards are in the mail. Just beware of scams

Attention senior citizens: A new Medicare cardis coming your way, butbe careful not to fall victim to any scams.<p>In an effort to help protect the elderly from identity theft, the federal government started mailing new cards that come with a new 11-digit identification number instead of an enrollee's …

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Beyond Facebook: It’s High Time for Stronger Privacy Laws

In the wake of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica debacle, we’re hearing a lot of new and interesting ideas about how to solve the so-called Facebook …

How to ghost your internet provider with a secret IP address

Two new projects just launched that could hinder internet-service providers’ ability to eavesdrop on their customers, helping internet users protect …

What cybercriminals really want to steal from you

Cybercriminals are no longer really interested in stealing your credit card information.<p>While a single credit card number once fetched $5 on the dark web, improved methods of detecting and fighting fraud have diminished that resale value to 50 cents, according to Justin Lie, founder and CEO of …

Here’s what to do if you lose your passport right before a flight

There are few travel nightmares more terrifying than arriving at the airport without proper identification. If you're currently freaking out in the departures hall, take a deep breath. Although it will likely be an inconvenient process, it isn't impossible to get onboard your flight.<p>Arrive at the …

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How to Protect Yourself from PayPal and Shopify Fraud

Protecting your business from fraud is your responsibility at the end of the day.<p>If you're one of the 1.2 million people using the Shopify platform, or over 17 million using PayPal for business then you may or may not be aware of these two scams that customers have used to steal products and money …

Here's How I Reduced Robocalls by About 95 Percent

D<p>Have you been getting a lot of robocalls lately? Yeah, join the club.<p>You know what I mean. These are unsolicited calls made to your cell phone. They come in waves - sometimes ten or eleven in a row, particularly if you don't pick them up. Sometimes they identify themselves as "robocaller" but not …

Avoid Phone Scams | Cybercriminal Tech Support Scam | Security Threats

Avoiding technical support scams<p>Cybercriminals don't just send fraudulent email messages. They might call you on the telephone and claim to be from …

Never Tag Your Mom On Facebook If She Displays Her Maiden Name

Remember this come Mother's Day.<p>By now, you likely know not to provide your Social Security number to just anyone who asks for it. The same is probably true about disclosing your full birthdate or home address on social media.<p>But one activity many of us still routinely do straight up invites …

The 5 things you should do immediately if your phone is stolen

We’ve all been there. You leave your phone in the bathroom during a night out or reach for it in your pocket while traveling, only to find it’s gone. …

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Opinion: How Europe is better at protecting data than the U.S. — and what the Stasi and Nazis have to do with it

From a European perspective, the scandal around Cambridge Analytica’s alleged misuse of Facebook FB, +0.40% data could scarcely come at a more apt …

The Dark Web: How much is your bank account worth?

Researchers explore just how much our bank accounts, identities, and more are worth to customers in the web's underbelly.<p>For many, their bank …

Money scams - The ones to be aware of in 2018

The Royal Wedding is even being used as a rip-off ploy<p>Unfortunately, in this digital day and age, there is an ever increasing need to protect …

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Seniors face slew of online, phone scams. Here's how to avoid the top ones.

Fraudsters are constantly looking for new ways to scam Americans, and seniors can be particularly vulnerable as they increasingly become tech-savvy, using computers, smartphones and creating social media profiles.<p>Here are the top scams that Americans face and how to avoid them:<p>IRS scams<p>In this …

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Families Are Being Targeted by a Fake Kidnapping Scam

The kidnapping scam was first reported earlier this month in Washington state. Here's what parents need to know.<p>Families in Seattle, Washington are reeling after being targeted by scammers who told them that their child had been kidnapped. A mom named Kelly Nelson explained to Q13 FOX that she …

1 in 3 Michigan workers tested opened fake 'phishing' email

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan auditors who conducted a fake "phishing" attack on 5,000 randomly selected state employees said Friday that nearly …

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How to Prevent Your Mobile Number From Being Ported

How to Prevent Your Mobile Number From Being Ported<p>Updated March 14, 2018<p>The major mobile phone carriers, T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon, have a …

Yahoo users can sue over data breaches, judge rules

Verizon, which now owns the web giant, sought to dismiss the case.<p>Yahoo customers affected by three massive data breaches that resulted in the theft …

How to Take Revenge on Those Shady Robocallers That Use Your Area Code

I decided to write this column at 5:43 a.m. one recent morning. That’s when my cellphone rang with the first in a series of three robocalls that I …

Post-Equifax breach, you could be able to freeze your credit - for free

Congress may soon end the fees credit-reporting companies charge customers to freeze their credit reports to protect themselves from fraud.<p>It's a consumer safety measure in response to the massive Equifax data breach of 2017, when hackers stole personal information from about 148 million …

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10 travel safety tips you can learn from the CIA

Mathew Bradley spent more than 14 years in the Central Intelligence Agency, and now this former CIA agent is the Regional Security Director, Americas, for International SOS (a medical and travel security assistance company). I spoke to him via email to ask his top travel safety tips, both at home …

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The Perfect Man Who Wasn’t

For years he used fake identities to charm women out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Then his victims banded together to take him down.<p>By the spring of 2016, Missi Brandt had emerged from a rough few years with a new sense of solidity. At 45, she was three years sober and on the leeward side …

How to stop hackers from stealing (and selling) your Apple ID

Hackers want it. You can protect it, but only if you know how.<p>Here's some sobering news: Hackers are reportedly selling Apple IDs on the dark web for about $15 a pop. Yep, someone has literally put a price on your personal information -- and it's the equivalent of one month's worth of HBO Now.<p>Of …

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Delaware-based auto warranty firm faces consumer fraud probe

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Delaware-based auto service contract company is under investigation following complaints from customers around the …

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How to stop annoying robocalls on your iPhone or Android phone

Fight back against the constant, annoying scam calls<p><i>Update May 10th 9:30AM ET: This article was originally published on March 6, 2018 and has been updated to include video.</i><p>Mobile spam calls have been a nuisance for years, but over the last few months, it’s felt to me like there’s been a surge of …

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