Monthly Archives: November 2019

Top 10 Fraud Tips before the holidays

Top 10 Fraud Tips before the holidays

Here are the Top 10 Fraud Alert Tips provided by

  1. Never click on links in emails. If you want to shop at a site, enter that site address in your browser. There are thousands of fake sites that look almost identical to the real thing. Don’t fall for evil-twin shopping sites.
  2. Don’t open attachments with special offers. It’s a classic scam. The offer should be in the email, and you should be able to see it right away.
  3. Watch for malicious ads and popups. Do not click on ads that sound too good to be true and ignore popups that use phrasing such as “best deal ever”.
  4. Beware of e-skimmers. This is a new one. Do you know that bad guys sometimes skim your credit card at gas stations or ATMs? Well, there is a new flavor of that. The shopping website you order from might be infected with an “e-skimmer” that steals your card data when you check out. You can prevent that by using PayPal or Amazon.
  5. Best practice is to use a credit card rather than debit card for online purchases. According to KrebsonSecurity: “With a credit card, your maximum loss on any transactions you report as fraud is $50; with a debit card, that protection only extends for within two days of the unauthorized transaction. After that, the maximum consumer liability can increase to $500 within 60 days, and to an unlimited amount after 60 days.”
  6. Avoid shopping over a public Wi-Fi. You simply do not know if it’s secure and who is listening. Only shop using a secure, trusted network. If you have no other way to shop, use a VPN to encrypt your traffic.
  7. Be very careful when you see a free offer during the holidays. There is an explosion of all kinds of survey fraud and gift card scams.
  8. Do not re-use any of your passwords. Instead, use a password manager to create hard-to-break passwords. Re-using any password is an invitation to get hacked.
  9. Keep a close eye on your credit card and bank accounts. During this season, unexpected and strange charges might appear, which could be the first sign your card or even your whole identity has been stolen. If you think you might have been scammed, stay calm and call your credit card company; nix that card and get a new one.
  10. Be especially suspicious of gift card scams.They can be a perfect holiday gift, but gift card scams are skyrocketing. Only buy gift cards from trusted sources.
Go Big – Shop Small Business Saturday

Go Big – Shop Small Business Saturday

Whether you’ve spent hours in line on Thanksgiving night – or you avoid holiday shopping like the plague – you’ve certainly heard of Black Friday. Every year, countless news stories, TV advertisements, and newspaper inserts find their way into your home, touting the deep discounts at major retailers. More recently, the creation of Cyber Monday… Continue Reading

Thanksgiving side dishes

Thanksgiving side dishes

Need to bring a side dish to Thanksgiving this year? The Food Network has developed 100+ Classic Thanksgiving Side Dish recipes. From mashed potatoes to green bean casserole to roasted vegetables, here are some options. Don’t be surprised if you’re asked for the recipe. Enjoy!! Dump-and-Bake Corn Casserole This Thanksgiving side dish couldn’t be easier.… Continue Reading

Hallmark Movies: Countdown to Christmas

Looking for a few films to put you in the spirit of the holidays and pull at your heart strings, check out some or all of the 40 brand-new movies being shown this year on the Hallmark Channel. This is the 10th anniversary of the Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas. The December schedule is listed… Continue Reading

6 tech gifts worth considering this season

BendBroadband is highlighting six cost effective tech gifts to make the 2019 holiday season one to remember! Gifts under $25 The inCharge Ultra Portable Charging Keychain Cable In search of the perfect stocking stuffer? Look no further than inCharge’s portable charging keychain cable. While portable power banks and cell phone cases with built-in battery packs… Continue Reading

Veterans: we honor and thank you

Today is Veterans Day. More than 18 million people are U.S. military veterans. It’s a fitting time to thank military veterans for their sacrifice and service in protecting the United States. It’s also a good time to help protect our veterans from fraud. Whether you’re a recent veteran or you returned to civilian life 20… Continue Reading