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Scam alert! Beware of these 6 scams in 2023

Illinois consumers are no strangers to scams–a review of the latest statistics shows how the Land of Lincoln is a favorite target. The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center reported that in 2022 Illinois ranked fifth in the number of victims (14,786) of Internet-related crime and seventh in…...

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The dos and don’ts of robocalls

Do you get several calls a day from “Scam Likely?” That probably means your number is targeted by robocalls–prerecorded messages from computer generated dialers.  Robocalls are irritating, costly, and often illegal. In fact, the call blocking app TrueCaller found that consumers had already lost nearly $30 billion in the first…...

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Biggest bank hack ever

Tell Congress: Protect my private data now If there’s any time to urge Congress to do more to protect our personal information, it’s now. Capital One just announced that a hacker got her hands on the personal information of 106 million customers. That includes credit scores, bank account numbers and…...

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(Good) breaking news: U.S. Senate overwhelmingly votes in favor of anti-robocalls bill

The Senate has voted 97-1 to approve the TRACED Act, a bill to combat annoying robocalls plaguing millions of consumers. Among other things, the TRACED Act would: raise fines the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) can impose on robocallers to up to $10,000 per call push phone companies to adopt technology…...

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Beware of A/C scams in a heat wave

The hot summer months can pose a threat to your health if you’re not careful. It can also be a threat to your wallet. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) says home and business owners should be extra careful when heat warnings take place. Rising temperatures are a perfect time for…...

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