Government Imposters, Why Hearts and Wallets Don’t mix and Is your money strategy sound Featuring JP Cortez

Unlock Your Wealth Today and Heather Wagenhals’ gives you the tools and resources to increase your Wealth, Health, Wisdom, and Pleasurable pursuits. Government Imposters, Why Hearts and Wallets Don’t mix, and Is your money strategy sound? The Keys To Riches© Financial Philosophy as well as Heather’s FreedomFest interview with policy advisor with JP Cortez from …

How scammers make you pay

Here’s one of the top questions we get from people: Is this a scam? Whatever the “this” looks like, here’s our best answer to that question: Did someone say you can only pay by wiring money, putting money on a gift card, or loading money on a cash reload card? If they did, then yes: …

Buying or selling a “smart” home? Read this.

Whether you are buying or selling a home, think about the technology you may be buying or selling along with it. Many homes are now “smart” — featuring internet of things (IoT) devices such as connected thermostats, light bulbs, security systems, and energy saving appliances. Here are tips for making sure you are prepared to …

New Year’s resolution to drop a few pounds?

Looking to lose weight in 2018? If so, you have a challenge ahead of you. That’s right: it’s going to take proper dieting and regular exercise to safely lose weight. You might ask, “What about the ads that promise weight loss with no effort?” The truth is, those ads are promoting products that won’t deliver …

Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week is Jan. 29-Feb. 2, 2018

Are you looking forward to getting your tax refund in the new year? Tax identity thieves may be looking forward to getting your refund too. That’s why the FTC has designated January 29-February 2, 2018 as Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week. Learn to protect yourself from tax identity theft and IRS imposter scams, and what …

Getting money back into people’s pockets

FTC staff work hard to protect you from scams and deceptive business practices. We sue scammers and shut down their operations. In many cases, we get refunds for people. In fact, between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017, FTC cases resulted in more than $6.4 billion in refunds. We just released a report with …

What’s up with the National Do Not Call Registry?

Is your number one of the more than 229 million phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry? Then you might be interested in the FTC’s just-released National Do Not Call Registry Data Book, which gives an overview of the Registry and complaints the FTC received at donotcall.gov from November 2016 through October 2017.

‘Tis the season for stopping robocalls

Nothing puts a damper on the holidays like unwanted calls interrupting your day. Maybe you’ve gotten one — you answer the phone and hear a recorded message instead of a live person. Internet-powered phone systems have made it cheap and easy for scammers to make illegal sales robocalls from anywhere in the world. Fortunately, you …

Amazon Delivery Reports Twitter Scam

Amazon customers warn others of a new phishing scam that’s targeting anyone who takes to Twitter to complain about delivery issues. Customers and Twitter users who tweeted abut deliveries not coming on time received a tweet from criminals posing as Amazon customer services, using the name @amazonhelps2. It sent them a direct message, apologising for …

Barclay Card Services Phishing Scam Fraud Alert

Breaking News by Heather Wagenhals Right now I just personally received a phishing scam phone call for Barclay Bank. The phone number that called me was 1-866-467-4704. An automated attendant told me that a possible fraud alert and hold was happening on my account and that I needed to immediately enter my card number or …

AT&T Joins MasterCard Battling Fraud with Phone Location

NEW YORK — Banks and card networks like Visa and MasterCard are working with wireless carriers to cut down on fraudulent transactions by tying purchases to the location of a shopper’s smartphone. According to North Jersey, in the next few months, AT&T Inc. will test a service that verifies transactions by using a phone’s whereabouts …

Former NASCAR Driver Receives Ticket for $15 Million Scheme

A former NASCAR driver is at the center of a $15 million fraud investigation, according to WSOCTV Brian Rose is accused of creating a fake coal mining company to get money from investors. Federal agents launched a massive investigation into Brian Rose after an alleged victim from Charlotte came forward. Authorities said he’s one of more than 160 investors …