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Educated and affluent = potential investing fraud victim

October 17, 2011

If you’re well-educated and affluent does that make you invulnerable to fraud? Hardly. If you’re willing to make high-risk investments to get high-return, there’s not only a target on your back, but experts say your personality types makes you susceptible to be taken.

Online privacy leaks worsen; “Do not track” gains steam

October 11, 2011

People use computers at an Internet cafe in Changzhi, north China's Shanxi province June 20, 2007. REUTERS/StringerAre you being tracked right now? If you thought you were just browsing aimlessly, doing a little shopping or checking sports scores without identifying yourself, you could be mistaken about your level of privacy.

What the Occupy Wall Street crowd should be saying

October 10, 2011

A demonstrator from the Occupy Wall Street campaign stands with a dollar taped over his mouth as he stands in Zucotti Park near the financial district of New York September 30, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson Are the thousands who have taken to the streets in the “Occupy Wall Street” (OWS) protests a bunch of anarchistic slackers or do they have a point?

How to get a refund on your Reebok EasyTones

September 29, 2011

If you purchased a pair of Reebok shoes that promised to strengthen and tone your buttocks and legs just by wearing them, you might not be in better shape physically, but you could be in line to collect a few bucks.

Pets: How to avoid the pitfalls of puppy mills

September 23, 2011

Getting a family pet can be a wonderful experience — adding what amounts to another family member for the next 10 to 20 years. But those who choose their pet on impulse could find themselves with the unanticipated financial and emotional burden of dealing with a sickly animal or one with congenital defects.

Will new consumer protections improve U.S. air travel?

September 15, 2011

You don’t have to convince Scott Convery, a computer programmer from New York, that U.S. airline travelers could use some support.

How to avoid phony 9/11 charities

September 9, 2011

There truly is no honor among thieves.

When it comes to scams, the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. is just like any other tragedy that callous crooks have taken advantage of. Fact is, from the days following Sept. 11, 2001, thieves have been using the attacks to pocket your cash by either trying take advantage of interest in donating to help those affected or by trying to get money intended to help victims and their families.

Six investment scams to avoid

September 7, 2011

Money is a powerful lure. Pretty much everyone wants more of it, and a whole lot of people want to get theirs by taking it from others. Investors are typically more savvy, but they’re targets nonetheless.

ID theft protection services are not one-size-fits-all

August 30, 2011

With an unprecedented string of major data breaches this spring from Sony to Citi and many in between, identity theft protection services have a greater import than ever before. Data-theft victims have a far higher likelihood of being a victim of identity theft than do those whose data was not taken.

Scam artists abound after Irene: How to keep your money dry

August 30, 2011

There is something about disasters that brings out the best in people — and the worst. Along with the Red Cross and National Guard, scam artists mobilize, too. They see opportunity in people’s misfortune.