Wednesday, August 16

A Twist on Nigerian Scams

These days, anyone who has email has either received or heard about Nigerian scams. These scams typically request help to access a large amount of money. They promise you a big profit in exchange for your help. The catch is that you will need to fork out your own money to cover various fees or "taxes" and provide access to your bank account. The result: lost money and possibly identity theft.

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More Ransomware! Here's What You Need to Do

Ransomware attacks are becoming more frequent and they are targeting more and more computers. Ransomware prevents access to files on a computer usually by encrypting them. It then asks for a ransom which must be paid using bitcoins or other digital currency. Paying the ransom doesn't guarantee that you'll regain access to your file.

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World-Wide Computer Hack: If Your Computer Runs on Windows, Read This Now

A global cyber-attack called the “WannaCry Virus” has hit over 150 countries, including the U.S.

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VantageScore Announces Upcoming Changes. What You Need to Know.

Haven't heard of VantageScore? It is a credit scoring model that was created in 2006 by the big three credit bureaus, Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion, as an alternative to the better known FICO score from the Fair Isaac Corporation.

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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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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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Searching for a Facebook Customer Service Number? Don't.

Have you ever searched for a customer service number online? NPR's All Tech Considered while working on a story decided to search for Facebook Customer Service. Prominently displayed at the top of the Google search results was a phone number. That number will get you a person but not from Facebook.

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It's Tax Time Again. These Tips Can Help.

Tax season. For many people those words mean it's time to complete an unpopular task. So whether you like to get this chore done as soon as possible or wait until the last minute, here are some tips, reminders, and other information to help you prepare your taxes.

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Another Yahoo! Data Breach. Over a Billion Users Affected.

Yahoo announced on December 14, 2016, that a major data breach occurred in 2013 which affected over 1 billion accounts. This breach is larger and is a different breach than the 2014 breach that Yahoo announced in September 2016.

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Over 1 Million Android Devices Infected by Malware

Over 1 million Android devices worldwide have been infected by malicious software. This malware attack campaign, named Gooligan, is affecting over 13,000 devices a day. Devices are typically infected by downloading various apps from third-party app stores instead of the approved Google Play store. Devices may also be infected when a user taps on malicious links in phishing messages.

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FoolProof Education

FoolProof Education is a highly interactive, self-grading group of online lessons called "Modules." The Modules teach consumers of all ages about money, financial responsibility and the realities of the free enterprise system.

High School, College & Home School Curriculum

Closely aligned to the Common Core standards and state personal financial literacy requirements.

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