Coronavirus Breeds Device Viruses

Coronavirus Breeds Device Viruses + Fake Rankings

Coronavirus breeds device viruses as hackers seek to exploit the fear and uncertainty of the possible physical pandemic. Consumers should look for mandatory arbitration clauses before buying. Loan sites get hit for misleading rankings and your financial health depends on baby steps. Coronavirus Goes Phishing Mimecast discovered a sample phishing email, showing attackers were disseminating…

Free Tax Filings

Free Tax Filings, Terrible Tariffs & Home Prices Dip

Free tax filings were not widely known among low-to-medium income taxpayers as some commercial tax preparation services did their level best to hide them until the IRS got pissed. Trump’s trade war has made every American a loser to some degree, small to big, but nonetheless, losers. Despite demand for housing and low rate mortgages,…

Holiday Season Closes With Good and Bad & New Goals

Holiday season closes amidst a blockbuster turnout for small retail businesses globally. Even though the shortened holiday season may have pushed retail sales down a tad, business owners remain confident about their businesses going forward. Scrooge remained with us as organized crime hijacked truckloads of holiday stuff and gift card scam artists manifest themselves bigly…

Identity Fraud Soars

Identity Theft is a Gargantuan Pain-in-the-Tookus for U.S. Consumers

Identity theft is the biggest pain-in-the-tookus for Americans, affecting more than 500,000 per year. Unlike hacking your computer, cell phone or other devices, identity theft is usually low-tech committed by unsophisticated slime balls. Slimeball Methods Consider the late night dumpster diver in search of bills, bank mail, and other documents containing personal information and, if…

Robocall Scammers

Robocall Scammers Target Student Debt & Cut-Rate Healthcare

Robocall scammers continue to grow in sophistication such as “neighborhood spoofing” allowing robocalls to look like local calls. Stressed out student loan borrowers are prominent on the radar of scammers. The scams are also fooling some people because it is open enrollment for many health insurance plans.  Healthcare Robo Scam The scams are fooling some…

Payday Lender Scams $228 MM: Draws 10 Yrs in Slammer + $69MM Penalty & Assets Gone

Operating a network of 20 companies, Hydra Financial and its principals allegedly collected on fake, short-term, small-dollar online loans, bilking hundreds of thousands of U.S. Consumers out of $227.7 million, generating approximately $69.6 million in gross profits, over a nearly 10-year period.  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) alleged that the defendants obtained consumers’ sensitive…