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New Steps Announced to Combat Tax-Related Identity Theft & Fraud

Even though tax fraud has been around for years, it's becoming a bigger problem. Identity thieves are becoming more sophisticated and can use stolen personal and financial information to claim tax refunds. For example, if a criminal has your social security number, they could file a tax return and have a refund sent to them. You may not know that it has happened until you file your return and the IRS informs you that the refund was already made.

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What You Need to Know About Recent Social Security Changes

In late October as part of the budget bill, three social security options for claiming benefits were eliminated. These options are file and suspend, restricted applications, and retroactive lump sum payments. The elimination of these options do not affect how Social Security benefits are calculated.

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Do Fitness Apps and Devices Protect Your Health Information?

Do you have a wearable health or fitness tracker? Do you use health or fitness apps? Are you giving someone a fitness tracker or other gadget this holiday season? If you answered yes to any of these questions, read on.

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Don't Get Caught by These Phone Scams!

We lead busy lives. In the hustle and bustle of each day, we use our phones to keep in touch with family and friends, make appointments, gather information, and much more. Scammers hope to take advantage of this to steal our money and/or identity. There are many ways scammers use our phones both old and new.

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Received a Chip Card? Here's What You Should Know

Have you received a new credit or debit card recently? Did you notice a metallic chip on the front? These chip cards are replacing cards with only magnetic strips. These cards will help reduce fraud by generating a unique code needed for approval for each transaction. The code is only good for that transaction. Payment information is encrypted in the chip.

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What You Need to Know About the VW Clean Air Act Violations

On September 18th, the EPA issued a notice of violation of the Clean Air Act to Volkswagen. It alleges and VW has admitted that software installed in certain vehicles circumvents EPA emissions standards for certain air pollutants. Vehicles involved include four-cylinder Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars, model years 2009-2015.

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