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In the United States, according to research conducted by the BBB Institute for Marketplace Trust, more than 35,000 people have reported scams to BBB Scam Tracker since it was launched in 2015. Marketplace scams affect one in four North American households each year at an estimated loss to individuals and families of $50 billion, yet […]

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Charity Fraud

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Someone contacts you asking for a donation to a charity. It sounds like a group you have heard of, it seems real, and you want to help. Before you give to a charity it is important to do some research. By finding out as much as you can about the charity, you can avoid fraudsters […]

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Credit card fraud takes place every day in a variety of ways. You can’t always prevent it from happening, but you can create some obstacles and make it tougher for someone to get hold of your cards and card numbers. Treating your credit cards and account numbers like cash — that is, very carefully — […]

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You may have heard that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will be issuing new Medicare cards and wondered when you will be getting yours. The short answer is – not for a while. But scammers are not waiting to take advantage of any confusion about the new Medicare cards. Here are the […]

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Property Fraud Alert

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According to the FBI, Property and Mortgage Fraud is the fastest growing white-color crime. It can be as simple as someone recording a fraudulent document in the County Land Records offices making it look like they now own your home or property. To address these concerns, a notification service has been created that will help […]

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The DuPage County recorder is alerting residents that property and mortgage fraud is a fast growing white-color crime. It can be as simple as someone recording a fraudulent document in the County Land Records office to make it look as though they now own your home or property.

To address these concerns, the DuPage County […]

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This article was published by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Consumer Information by Cristina Miranda, Consumer Education Specialist

My grandma kept an eye out for cheaters. (No, not that kind.) Back in the day, if a salesman knocked on her front door, she waved them off. Before caller ID, she hung up on telemarketers. But […]

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Many people ask why the ID number on their Medicare card is identical to their Social Security number (SSN). The Medicare ID is more than an identifier. It’s proof of insurance. Beneficiaries need to show their Medicare card at the doctor’s office and the hospital on their first visit in order to have Medicare pay […]

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Recently, an Illinois resident received a letter titled “Medicare Information Update” that asked for his and his spouse’s date of birth and phone number. The letter said: “As of January 1st, Medicare has made changes that affect you and your health care expenses… meaning that you must pay even more towards your own health care.” […]

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A man living with diabetes, striving to manage his disease with the correct combination of medication and maintaining an all-around healthy lifestyle, receives a phone call offering him a free cookbook full of delicious recipes designed specifically for people with diabetes. All he needs to do is provide some basic information; his name, address, and […]

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