Catching World Cup fever? Beware of these World Cup scams

Every four years, soccer fans from around the world tune in and travel to watch the FIFA World Cup. Although many have already bought their tickets, some fans may still be looking to catch some games and flights for the right price. Here’s where scammers come into the picture. Eager consumers looking for a cheap…

Free credit freezes arriving soon

Credit freezes are regularly used by consumers looking to add an extra layer of protection to their credit. A credit freeze restricts access to your credit file, making it harder for identity thieves to open new accounts in your name. Previously, consumers would have to pay a fee to activate their credit freeze, but a new…

What GDPR means for a business and a consumer

You have probably noticed a bunch of emails in your inbox from several social media companies that say they’re updating their privacy policy. But what is it all about? This change stems from the European Union’s new law that protects data privacy. What is GDPR? The General Data Protection Regulation is a law that gives European Union…

Beware of a new con called “shimming”

Scammers have typically harvested your payment information with skimmers – a device inserted into ATMs and other payment terminals where you swipe your credit or debit card. The downfall for thieves is EMV cards, the chip located on your debit or credit card, reduce the severity of card skimming due to the manner in which…

What is whaling scam?

Most people have heard or know what a phishing scam is; the fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers. But have you heard of a whaling scam? A whaling scam is a targeted attempt to steal sensitive…

New Homeowner’s Checklist: 7 Things to Do for Your New Home

There’s so much to do when you buy a new home. Whether you’re a first-time home buyer or a seasoned homeowner moving into your dream home, settling into a new place can be a stressful experience. Unpacking your things is an important part of moving in, but there are a few crucial steps you’ll not…

Avoiding digital wallet scams

More and more consumers are using digital wallet apps like Venmo, Cash and Zelle to transfer money quickly and easily. But while the convenience factor is what draws many people to use the apps, scammers see it as an opportunity to seize your banking and credit information. Scammers have been targeting digital wallets and executing…

Takata airbag recall triples in size

What the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has called “the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history”, is expected to impact more than 37 million vehicles in the U.S. that were made by part supplier Takata. According to Consumer Reports, the airbags were installed in cars made by 19 different automakers from…

Shop with these brands? Your data may be compromised

Data breaches are all too common these days as restaurants and retailers are announcing more frequently that consumer’s personal information have been compromised. According to Business Insider, many of them are caused by flaws in payment systems, either online or in stores. Here’s a list of known data breaches thus far in 2018: Sears –…