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After seven long years, the tech support scam continues as a reigning rip-off, generating more reports nationwide to the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline (877-908-3360) than any scheme except the IRS impostor ruse. Microsoft estimates that another 3.3 million Americans will fall victim in 2015, losing an estimated $1.5 billion to fraudsters posing as its or other tech company employees.
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You don’t have to journey far to get rooked in a driving-related scam. Ruses making the rounds are as close as your computer, telephone or mailbox.
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En español | For six years, telephones have been ringing off the hook with alarming but bogus news: There’s a dangerous virus on your computer, and the caller – a self-described technician with Microsoft, “Windows” or an antivirus software company – says he can remove it … for a price.
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En español | Got word that your friends are getting word from you about being mugged abroad or pitching discount Viagra and other spam? Or maybe you can’t log in to even check your email.
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Giving your two cents in some telephone, text-message or  online “customer satisfaction” surveys can come at a steep cost: an endless barrage of more phone calls, pop-up messages and spam; malware to compromise your smartphone or computer or to steal sensitive files; or even identity theft.
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Facebook scams continue to proliferate, and the latest promises a free iPhone 6, expected to be released next month. Beware, as clicking on links of these fraudulent offers can unleash malware onto your computer. What's more, the bogus offers don't even add up - literally.
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Scientists are working on technology that would predict how long you're likely to live based on how your face has aged, the Washington Post reports.
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With the latest malware campaign aimed at hijacking sensitive computer files and online accounts, scammers have sunk to a new low - specifically, six feet under.
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If you want to ease your holiday stress this year, join me by shopping online. Since sales occur daily, you can compare prices and visit multiple stores in your comfy clothes. Enjoy the experience at home or even on the beach using your computer or tablet.
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