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Posts from September, 2012

College Applicants: Manage Your Social Media Accounts

Sep 27

College Applicants: Manage Your Social Media Accounts Sharing information with others via social media is common practice and many colleges are using this in the application process to learn more about their candidates. It doesn’t take a PhD to reason that it’s a good idea for all college applicants to do some social media housekeeping. Below are some tips that any student in the midst of the application process should consider.

Thinking about Making Some Extra Money this Season?

Sep 25

Thinking about Making Some Extra Money this Season? Beware of offers that promise a large amount of money for a minimum amount of effort. Here are some of the most common work-at-home scams encountered by the FBI.

Flu Season is Right Around the Corner

Sep 24

Flu Season is Right Around the Corner Everyone over 6 months old should get a flu shot. If you plan to get your flu shot at a pharmacy or another retailer this fall, be sure to safeguard your medical identity, too. Medical identity theft reached an all-time high last year with nearly 2 million people becoming victims in the United States, according to the latest Ponemon Institute Medical Identity Theft survey. If you want to try to avoid becoming a victim, be vigilant with these tips.

Have You Taken Advantage of the Low Interest Rates?

Sep 22

Have You Taken Advantage of the Low Interest Rates? Why not make sure your house is safe? Not just from burglars, but from identity thieves too. Refinancing usually involves pulling out many financial documents such as tax returns, bank statements, pay stubs and other records that could mean a big payload for an identity thief. Protect yourself after you refinance by taking the following precautions.

Change of Seasons, Change of Passwords

Sep 21

Change of Seasons, Change of Passwords It’s a good idea to change or rotate your passwords every few months to lessen the chance of a hacker stealing them. Here are some tips for creating strong passwords and safeguarding them.

FBI Friday: Identity Theft Charges Span More Than Two Decades

Sep 14

FBI Friday: Identity Theft Charges Span More Than Two Decades John Doe Sentenced to 10 Years for Aggravated Identity Theft and Fraud Charges Involving United States Navy and JAXPORT.

The Rental Process – When and What to Share

Sep 12

The Rental Process – When and What to Share Unfortunately, in many markets, renting an apartment seems more like a competition than a straightforward process. And if that isn’t stressful enough, scammers are planting landmines all along the way. Last week we shared some unusual signs that an ad might be a rental scam. Today, we’ll discuss personal information privacy and safety in the rental application process.

Celebrating Grandparents’ Day – Give Them More than Hugs!

Sep 07

Celebrating Grandparents’ Day – Give Them More than Hugs! Census data released in recent years has highlighted the wealth that our nation’s senior citizens have worked hard to accumulate. Indeed, a lifetime of being fiscally responsible has yielded, for many, strong savings and excellent credit. Unfortunately, this also means that the elderly are one of the largest groups of identity theft victims.

Unusual Signs of Rental Scams

Sep 05

Unusual Signs of Rental Scams Apartment hunting can be overwhelming for a multitude of reasons, and the proliferation of rental scams just adds to the stress. After several weeks of reading ads and communicating with potential prospective landlords, I feel more informed about the signs of a rental scam than I do about my local real estate market. Here are some unusual signs that a rental listing may be a scam.