The ultimate goal of spear phishing isn’t all that different from other forms of phishing: luring individuals into revealing confidential information.Read more
Your Personal Information is Exposed and Available to Fraudsters
Everyone seems to be paying close attention to cyber security these days. Even still, the seemingly constant stream of high-profile data breaches making news headlines suggests that we are always a step behind the criminals.
However, are consumers putting too much emphasis on certain aspects of online security while leaving other avenues vulnerable? Is it even possible to stay safe online?
Americans Apprehensive About Sharing Information
American consumers are generally anxious about the information they share. A poll conducted last year reports that 91% of Americans feel they’ve lost control over the way in which companies collect and use their personal information. The same poll suggests that the majority of people have little faith in the security of communication lines including cell phones, texts, emails and social media. Read more
Debit Cards and ATMs May Leave Consumers Vulnerable
The threat of identity theft is a major concern among consumers. According to USA Today, identity theft reports by consumers jumped by 47% in 2015.
As co-founder of eConsumer Services®, Monica Eaton-Cardone is an expert on the subject of fraud and identity theft prevention. Earlier this week, a piece published by high-profile finance site, The Street, featured advice to consumers on how to avoid being victimized.
What to Do If You Are a Victim of a Data Breach
Data breaches are the internet’s equivalent to natural disasters: everyone is at risk but no one suspects it will happen to them.
12 Ways to Ensure Your Safety after a Lost or Stolen Wallet
Losing your wallet or purse is certainly an inconvenience, but it can also create a very dangerous situation. Your finances, identity, and even your personal safety could be at risk.
What is Internet Fraud?
The internet is a wonderful tool. Nowadays, it seems impossible to live without it. However, users need to be cautious of internet fraud when either buying or selling online. Internet fraud occurs whenever online services or software are used to commit fraud.
Email Scams Steal Money and Personal Information
Gone are the days of junk mail in the physical mailbox. Today, scammers don’t have to invest in stamps to attempt to cheat you out of your money or steal your identity. No, the advent of email has increased scam potential and made a host of people vulnerable to thievery at its sneakiest.
Do You Know How to Detect Online Fraud?
Online fraud has become so prevalent that many agencies and businesses are now devoted to the issue. Government agencies like the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and companies like eConsumer Services® work to help consumers report online fraud and fight back.
The Latest Online Fraud Statistics Revealed
Criminals are turning to the internet for their next big score. According to online fraud statistics, they seem to be successful!
What are the Most Common Scams?
The various schemes used by conmen to trick people out of their money change and evolve constantly, and billions of dollars are lost every year by victims who fall prey to these tricks.
If at all possible, you as a consumer should contact the merchant first with any issues. While we encourage this “hands-on” approach, however, we understand that this doesn’t work in every situation: a merchant’s return process may be too much work, or its policies too difficult to interpret.
The merchant may be unresponsive, or you may not be able to locate contact information at all. We’re your advocate in these instances, helping you slice through the red tape to resolve your issue.