Sunday, April 30

Identity Thieves May Have Stolen Tax Info through FAFSA Tool

A rite of going to college is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Anyone who has filled out the FAFSA knows how complicated it is. To help make it easier to fill out the form, the U.S. Department of Education created a Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) which could be used to retrieve the required tax information directly from the IRS.

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(Video) How to Spot a Fake Website?

Fake websites are drawing a lot of victims. Don't be one of them! Here’s how you spot those fake sites.

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The Dangers of Randomly Clicking Links (and Using 'Free' Services)

Randomly clicking links on the internet can get you in big trouble!

How? Ever heard of ransomware? Malware? Or of course the good old spyware and viruses?

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(Video) Is It Impossible Getting Teens to Save?

Getting in the savings habit early will change a teenager's life. FoolProof has some enjoyable tips to get that habit going, right now.

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How Do You Pay Your Bills? Online or Off.

We all have bills to pay. Whether it's the rent, mortgage, utilities, credit cards, or loans, bills must be paid in some way. Some people choose to write checks. Others pay online. Still others use a combination. What method works best for you?

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The Topic? Fake Health News, of Course.

FoolProofme.com features regular guest columns by the top consumer advocates in the USA. You may notice that these experts aren't shy when it comes to giving their opinion. We like that.



Dr. Ivan Oransky is a Distinguished Writer in Residence, New York University's Arthur Carter Journalism Institute. He is Co-Founder, Retraction Watch, Editor at Large, MedPage Today, and Vice President, Association of Health Care Journalist. Dr. Oransky is also Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York University School of Medicine.

Dr. Ivan Oransky has been doing his best to ferret out fake and questionable medical claims, and the stories behind them, for more than a decade. More on his pedigree later.

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Tips for Spotting Fake News

Fake news. There's been a lot of discussion about it recently. While bogus stories and advertising cloaked as stories have been around for a long time, the Internet and now social media have helped to spread them quickly to more people. Being skeptical about the news or any information is a good idea no matter the source.

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(Video) Are Public Wi-Fi Networks Safe?

Some are, some definitely aren’t! Use the tips in this video to protect yourself from trouble on wireless networks.

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101 Ad-Proof Tips!

We're living in a world of advertisements, or ads, for short. Ads are everywhere around us, they're embedded in everything, and a lot of these ads don't even look like ads!

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Don't Fall for Tax Time Scams

Scams occur all year round but some types of scams peak during tax season. The IRS publishes a list of the worst of the tax scams each year called the "Dirty Dozen." Many of these scams make the list year after year. This report highlights the several of the scams.

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