New Mortgage Scam

The American Dream, to own our slice of realty, is something most of us work toward. It can be exciting to have a place of your own to plant roots and start up a new life. After all the searching and the negotiating, you're finally ready to sign the contract... and then find out your settlement fees have been stolen. Hackers have been using an email and money wiring scam in order to steal closing [...]

By | March 21st, 2016
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Be on the Alert for Tax Refund Fraud & Scare Tactics

Tax season is here — and for some people, so is an experience with tax identity theft or IRS impostors. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said it received 109,063 complaints last year about tax-identity theft. Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number to get a tax refund or a job. You usually find out something’s wrong after you file your tax return (one reason to file early). Also, IRS imposters work [...]

By | March 2nd, 2016
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Social Engineering: Pretexting

Social engineering is a hacker’s clever manipulation of the natural human tendency to trust, with the goal of obtaining information that will allow him/her to gain unauthorized access to a valued system and the information that resides on that system. Pretexting is the act of using an invented scenario to persuade a targeted victim to release information or perform some action, usually over the telephone. The ultimate goal is to get enough information from enough [...]

By | February 12th, 2016
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