Protecting Your Money, Personal Information, & Your Identity

Protecting your personal and financial privacy means educating yourself to take on a complex challenge. You might say that fighting for your privacy rights is like taking on an octopus with many arms (one issue, lots of manifestations).

The resources in this information sheet will help you stay informed about privacy issues and take steps to protect your personal and financial privacy.

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Staying Informed and Making Yourself Heard

news.jpgThere are lots of sites on the Internet that "cover" consumer privacy. How can you determine which sites deserve your trust? Here are a few tips:

  • Determine who runs the site. Look for an "about us" or "contact" page. If you can't find one or they don't clearly identify who they are then find other sites that do. If there's a list of sponsors, check it out.
  • Read their privacy policy. If you can't find one, find other sites that provide one.
  • Advertising. Does the site have advertising? If so, what is being advertised? Could the advertising influence the site content?

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Enhancing Your Computer and Online Privacy

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Enhancing the security of your computer doesn't mean just your desktop or laptop but all of your mobile devices too. Many computers and mobile devices have security software installed on them at the factory. But it's your job to make sure that it is activated and kept up to date. Keeping your personal information secure is an ongoing task. This article provides tips to help with that task.

Many examples of security products are mentioned in this article. You need to research these and similar products to decide which best fit your needs.

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Phishing and Pharming for Your Personal and Financial Information

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What is phishing (pronounced fishing)? These are scams that are trying to steal your personal and financial information. Phishing has primarily been online in the form of email or pop-up messages but can also occur over the phone or through the mail. Phishers are even using text messages.

Phishers impersonate legitimate financial institutions—banks, credit unions—and businesses. The phishers cast a wide net that's bound to find persons that do business with the impersonated financial institution or company.

Email and pop-up messages may have a link to click or a phone number to call; text messages have included a toll-free phone number to call. In the case of a link, it usually goes to a fake website that mimics a legitimate site.

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Other Scams to Watch Out For

spam.jpgBesides phishing, various other scams also arrive in your inbox. Here are brief descriptions of some of the most common.

The "Nigerian" Scam also called "Advance Fee" Scam

The email is requesting help to get large sums of money out of a foreign country. They promise you big profits in exchange for your help. Before you receive any money, you'll have to provide money to cover transaction and transfer costs and attorney fees plus you'll need to provide them with your bank account numbers. The "Nigerian" Email Scam from the FTC has more information.

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Five Steps to Protect Your Privacy and Identity

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These five steps allow you to opt out of certain information sharing. These steps usually take an hour or less to complete. The reduction in marketing will be significant.

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Make a Complaint

survey.jpgIn addition to reporting fraud or identity theft to your state attorney general’s office you can file a complaint with the appropriate federal agency.

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Information Specifically for Seniors

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Seniors are a favorite target of scam artists and others who want to make a quick buck. For example, seniors are at risk of losing money in fraudulent investment schemes and are also at risk of losing their homes when they are used as security, in some instances unknowingly. These 2 articles from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) describe some of the pitfalls.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has assembled some resources to help seniors avoid fraudulent investments.

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Facebook & MySpace…Wicked!

Social Networking

Social networking sites are great places to keep in contact with friends, develop relationships and meet new people in interesting places.

Heading to a new city? How easy is it to find a new "friend" in that city on Facebook? This summer, a young person that works with FoolProof stayed with "Facebook Friends" in four separate countries. Not bad, and good on the budget, too.

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