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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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Keeping Aging Investors Safe From Financial Exploitation

We spend a lot of time making sure our clients and their finances stay safe, even as they age. Are you familiar with the facts about financial exploitation and aging? Financial abuse costs seniors billions of dollars each year. Here’s some new numbers from Greg Brumbeloe, in a recent article for Financial Advisor magazine. Brumbeloe […]

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Ask For Our Free Guide: “How To Respond To A Data Breach”

Half of all Americans have been affected by the massive Equifax data breach, which allowed hackers to access names, Social Security numbers, and other personal data belonging to nearly 150 million people. Do you know what steps to take within the first 24 hours? How about within 48 hours? Time is of the essence when you’ve […]

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Equifax Breach: What To Do Now?

As data breaches go, this is one of the most extensive. The sensitive information of almost half of all Americans has been compromised, all because the company safeguarding that information reportedly failed to upgrade and update software despite being warned to do so. To make it worse, company execs sold millions in stock after the breach, […]

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