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What’s A Trusted Contact, And Why Do I Need One?

Several of our clients are receiving reminders from Charles Schwab & Co. to name a Trusted Contact for their accounts. Here’s some information to help you understand what a Trusted Contact is, and why you should consider naming one. What’s a Trusted Contact? A “Trusted Contact” is a person that you authorize your brokerage firm […]

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How To Spot A Scam, From One Of America’s Greatest (Former) Con Men

Frank Abagnale is arguably America’s most famous con man. He was a professional imposter whose life inspired the character played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the  film “Catch Me If You Can.” After getting caught and serving time, Abagnale became one of the FBI’s good guys, using his inside knowledge of how scammers work to protect Americans from […]

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Capital One Data Breach: What To Do Now

Details of yet another data breach were in the news this morning. We’re sure many of you have questions about how this may affect you, and what steps you should take now to protect your personal information. For that reason, we’re sharing below information provided early this morning by free-credit-score website WalletHub. The information below was […]

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Claim Your Social Security Account Before Hackers Do It For You

Imagine that you’re finally ready to claim your retirement benefits and contact the Social Security Administration, only to find out that someone has been claiming your hard-earned benefits for years, and directing those monthly checks to a bank you’ve never heard of. It can happen. Social Security is asking more American workers to request benefits […]

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Florida #1 For Fraud: How Not To Be A Victim

So what else is new? Florida ranks #1 for consumer fraud complaints, partly due to our transient (and often older) population. According to a Federal Trade Commission report, Florida residents lost over $80 million to fraud in 2018. There was a big increase in government imposter scams. That’s where someone calls you, pretending to be […]

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New Phishing Attacks Target Your Cell Phone

Feel like you’re already the target of hackers and spammers? Sad to say, it’s about to get a little bit worse before it gets better. You know that cyber-hackers are on the lookout for an opening to attack your computer. And lately, those cell phone robo-callers have become even more annoying. Now, there’s a brand new […]

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Is It Phishing? Or Is It For Real? Hard To Know For Sure

A reader of our blog recently sent us an email asking if a message he received from a broker was legitimate or whether it was a phishing expedition. He was following up on a couple of previous blog stories we did on phishing emails and wanted some guidance. He received what seemed like a legitimate […]

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Quote Of The Week: The Internet Of Things

“There are more devices connected to the internet now than there are people on the planet.” Greg Ruppert, Cybersecurity expert Senior Vice President, Financial Crimes Risk Management, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.

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Keeping It Safe: Credit Freezes Get More Chill

A major tool in combatting identity fraud just got cheaper. In fact, credit freezes are now totally free. Consumers victimized by identity fraud have long had the option of “freezing” their credit by contacting the big three credit reporting agencies – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – and telling them to restrict access to their credit file. […]

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Moving? Keep Us In The Loop!

When you move, there’s a lot on your plate. Boxing up your belongings, getting rid of all that clutter in the garage, notifying the utilities, and settling in to your new home. But don’t forget to let us know so we can change the mailing address on your investment accounts. It may not seem like […]

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