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The holiday season is approaching and with that comes the biggest shopping days of the year, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. These high holy days for shoppers follow Thanksgiving each year. To make the most of these days, we offer you the following advice: 1. Download our CardValet App.   Protect yourself from fraud while out…

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fish hook and money

As fraudsters enjoy more success and scams become more prolific, the likelihood of any one person getting duped is going up. And it isn’t just the elders that are being scammed. The Federal Trade Commission said that consumers reported losing a total of nearly $488 million to all types of imposter scams in 2018—more than…

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mobile phone & credit card

It’s holiday shopping time.  If you are like the majority of Americans, you will do at least some of it online. According to study conducted by the company BigCommerce, 96% of Americans have made an online purchase at some point in their lives, and a full 51% of us prefer online shopping over in-store. With…

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elderly woman on phone

To con artists, down-on-their-luck relatives, or opportunistic acquaintances, they are gold mines. Individuals over the age of 50 control 70% of the country’s wealth, and seniors between the ages of 65 and 74, with an average net worth of $1.06 million, have more assets than any other age group. They are also susceptible to elder…

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charity donation jar

Giving to others is a selfless act that only helps those around you.  Before giving to a charity, though, you should always do some research on the charity itself and how it operates.  By finding out as much as you can about the charity, you can avoid any type of “scammer” who is willing to…

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