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Jack Whittaker goes behind the scenes of scam sites.

Scam Sites and the Scam Economy

When you find a scam website – or worse, fall for a scam – you’re not thinking about the people behind it. But the people who build scam sites and the companies that enable scammers are all part of a larger scam economy. In order to combat scam websites, we need an understanding of the…

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It's important to be aware of student loan forgiveness scams!

Student Loan Forgiveness Scams: Red Flags to Watch Out For

On August 24, President Biden announced a three-part plan to help middle- and working-class people with student loan debt. The part that most people have focused on is up to $20,000 of student loan forgiveness. Everyone wants to know what they have to do to get their loans forgiven. Since the initiative is so new,…

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Zelle scams are a new way scammers use to get paid for old scams.

Zelle Scams, Vacation Rental Scams, and New Ways Scammers Target Your Money

Scammers are always on the lookout for new ways to part you with your money. Sometimes they can get extremely creative, and sometimes they use new tools to run the same old grifts. Zelle scams, for instance, are just a new way to get paid for old scams. But if you know how they work…

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John Breyault talks about Venmo scams and consumer protection.

Venmo Scams and Consumer Protection: The Limits of Fraud Protection and What You Can Do

Scammers want to get at your money. It’s no surprise that they’ve started using payment apps like CashApp, Venmo, and Zelle to trick you out of your money. Venmo scams, Zelle fraud, and other shady dealings with similar apps actually has many benefits for scammers. Read on to learn how to protect yourself – and…

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Tony Royall, a Virginia State Police officer, talks about how to protect yourself from insurance fraud.

Insurance Fraud: What You Need to Know

For many of us, insurance seems inscrutable and unnecessarily complicated. But insurance fraud is the second most costly white-collar crime in the United States, and the victims are all of us. It’s important to know what steps to take to protect yourself. But the good news is that it’s not as difficult as you might…

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Dr. Robin Kowalski talks about the signs of cyberbullying.

Identifying the Signs of Cyberbullying: Anyone Can Be a Target

So much of our lives are online these days. This has many benefits, but it also opens us up to risks. One of those risks is cyberbullying. The anonymity of being online provides many opportunities for it, and it can sometimes be difficult to spot the signs of cyberbullying. And when it comes to cyberbullying,…

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Giulia Porter talks about text message scams.

Spam Text Messages are the New Robocalls

With new government regulations making it harder for scammers to make spam calls, they have turned to a new medium. Spam text messages are on the rise – and they carry new risks that spam calls don’t. Learn why scammers are moving from calls to texts and what you can do to protect yourself. See…

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New Artificial Intelligence Technology Leads to New Challenges

Most of us would have thought artificial intelligence was limited to science fiction just a few years ago – but now, AI has become almost mainstream. Businesses of all kinds use artificial intelligence to help analyze patterns, make decisions, and more. With all the new artificial intelligence applications, though, come new challenges and dangers. See…

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