credit cards

Older woman giving credit card info over the phone
Robocalls aren’t just annoying; increasingly, they are the initial contact that scammers use to get you. With autodialers that can blast millions of prerecorded calls per day, fraudsters simply program sequences of phone numbers — dialing X telephone numbers with Y area codes or prefixes over Z period.
WiFi hacker using laptop
Any time you use a public Wi-Fi hot spot, you risk having your internet communications intercepted by a hacker. When you're traveling and your brain is focused on R&R or business meetings, that vulnerability can increase, especially in unfamiliar locales.
Email phishing scams
Phishing attempts on social media have more than doubled over the past year as scammers find new ways to trick people into providing personal and financial information.
Man shredding confidential documents
April showers? With spring cleaning and the end of tax-filing season, what really “reigns” this month are free shredding events held across the country — including dozens hosted by our Fraud Watch Network and AARP Foundation — to safely destroy unneeded paperwork that could help crooks steal your identity.
Toddler girl with brown eyes and hair
No matter where you live, a credit freeze is a great way for you to prevent identity theft — particularly the opening of new credit cards, loans and service accounts in your name. But depending on where you live, a freeze isn’t easy to get for your offspring.
Platinum Credit Card macro, with data holding microhip and padlock motif
Despite stability in the number of victims and losses last year, the ways that credit card fraud occurs have changed. With the switch to chip-enabled EMV cards in 2015, identity thieves are moving from cloning counterfeits of that existing plastic and, instead, are focusing on opening new fraudulent accounts with stolen Social Security numbers and other sensitive data.
FWN - Holiday Scams
AARP Fraud Watch Network  warns holiday shoppers of debit card risks
Online Bill Pay
En español | Sure, buying holiday gifts with cash or debit cards avoids interest charges and forces you to stay within a budget to prevent overspending. Occasionally, cash purchases may even qualify you for a discount when merchants can avoid paying transaction “swipe” fees.
Stack of credit cards
I’m a recovering frequent flier and hotel frequent stayer junkie. My United and Delta credit cards added to my flights and hotel stays. Over the decades, my wife and I have had many free vacations (air, hotel, car) in places such as Australia, Hong Kong and Hawaii. I’ve even had a nice Caribbean cruise. But those days are over and here’s why, as well as what I think is a better way.
Older couple worrying about their money situation
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and no doubt you’re fully aware of what happened to Target, Home Depot and scores of other companies that were victims of cyber attacks. Those big-brand data breaches certainly make news.
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