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Hackers Target IRS—Again

Hackers Target IRS—Again

Hackers have again taken aim at the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS says it recently identified and halted an automated attack on its Electronic Filing PIN application on IRS.gov.

What does that mean, exactly?

Card Skimmers Still a Threat—At the Gas Pump and Elsewhere

Card Skimmers Still a Threat—At the Gas Pump and Elsewhere

When I think of payment card skimmers—those illegal devices intended to steal payment card information from the unsuspecting—the places I think I’m likely to find them are rather sketchy…at a no-name gas station on the outskirts of town, for instance. Or on a third-party ATM at a third-rate convenience store.

Actually, though, skimmers can be found in a lot of places, and even in the best parts of town. Thieves put them on ATMs, gas pumps and other devices—anywhere that you might swipe your payment card. The Star-Tribune reports that devices have recently turned up at two Minneapolis-area gas stations, prompting the Minnesota Commerce Department to issue a warning.

Identity Fraud Study Shows Cybercriminals Evolving

Identity Fraud Study Shows Cybercriminals Evolving

New research reveals that fraud and cybercriminals are continuing to evolve at a rapid pace. That’s a key finding from Javelin, a research-based consulting company that provides strategic insights into the financial services industry. This week, Javelin released its 2016 Identity Fraud Study.

Online Safety: Your Kids and Social Media

Online Safety: Your Kids and Social Media

The recent, tragic headlines from Virginia bring to light parents’ fears about what their children are doing online. Police there say a 13-year-old girl connected with her alleged killer through social media.

As a parent, you may be asking yourself what—if anything—you can do to better protect your child. Chances are, you should keep doing what you’re doing: Talking to your kids, asking them questions, and letting them know you’re there for them.

No Refund Coming? Income Tax Fraud is Still a Threat

No Refund Coming? Income Tax Fraud is Still a Threat

If you’re not expecting an income tax refund, you may not be in any hurry to file your income taxes. After all, holding on to your money for as long as you can makes sense, right?

Well, as it turns out, even if you have to write a check to the Internal Revenue Service this year, you should still file as soon as possible. Why? Income tax fraud.