“Hi, Scott. I need to give you my new credit card information. My old card got hacked, so the bank sent me a new one.”
I receive calls like this almost every week from clients who have recurring transactions set up with us.
Scams, fraud and identity theft are on the rise. A sad reality of the 21st century.
Did you know …
- 13.1 million U.S. consumers lost almost $15 billion because of identity theft in 2015, according to a Javelin Strategy and Research study conducted last year?
- credit card fraud could jump from $4 billion to $10 billion by 2020, according to a February 2016 CNBC report?
All this is despite the advances in new security features, like the EMV chips in debit and credit cards.
If you haven’t been the victim of a computer scam, fraudulent bank or credit card use, or identity theft, you probably know someone who has. The negative effects cause incredible frustration, cost hours of lost time, and results in the loss of hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
Becoming aware of how scammers, cybercriminals, and identity thieves work and knowing how you can protect yourself is critical in this age.
In honor of National Consumer Protection Week, March 5 through 11, I’d like to provide you with this information. But I would need considerably more space than what I’m graciously given here in this column.
So I’ve created a new three-part video series where I share practical and little-known consumer safety tips.
These tips provide you the knowledge you need to be a smart consumer, even when scammers catch you off guard. Armed with this information, you’ll avoid falling victim to scams, identity theft, and fraud.
Common Computer Scams
In the first video, I’ll teach you how to quickly and easily identify the three most common computer scams. Some are blatantly obvious, yet many people fall hook-line-and-sinker for them. After watching this video, you won’t be one of those people.
How Identity Thieves Work
In the second video, I’ll describe some of the sneaky ways identity thieves steal your personal information. It’s not just through your computer, either. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is for these criminals to go undetected and how at-risk your privacy is.
How to Protect Yourself
In the final video, I’ll give you 10 specific actions you must take to protect yourself – in both the physical and digital worlds. You’ll be given the steps, resources, and tools necessary to keep your personal and financial information as secure as possible.
You can sign up to view the videos for free at on the home page of this website – www.calibreforhome.com.
I promise I’m not going to try to sell you anything, and I won’t be filling your email inbox with useless junk messages.
I simply want to help combat the growing trend of fraud and identity theft. The best way for me to do that is by sharing with you what I’ve learned as I deal with it on a daily basis.