The Watchblog


  • The Evolution of the “Nigerian Prince” Scam and Why It’s No Laughing Matter

    You may laugh that anyone would be gullible enough to fall for the infamous “Nigerian Prince” scam, but the reality is that these types of scams continue even today—although in a much more elaborate form. In what the Washington Post called “a sophisticated and terrifying evolution of the Nigerian 419 scam,” web-savvy criminals are bilking […] Read more

  • Which Generation Is Most At Risk for Identity Theft?

    Generation X. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), in 2017 more than 40 percent of identity theft crimes reported in its Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book were against victims ages 30-49. (This compares to 20 percent committed against victims in their 20s or younger, and 29 percent committed against Baby Boomers in their 50s […] Read more

  • Donate Wisely: 7 Tips to Avoid Charity Scams in 2019

    The majority of charities are generous and responsible organizations, but, just like any business, the way a charitable organization operates can vary widely–from a legitimate and efficient charity to an organization that spends a large percentage of funds on its own administration to an outright charity scam. That’s why the Federal Trade Commission advises consumers […] Read more

  • Your Identity and Credit Protection Checklist for the Holidays

    The holiday season usually means more shopping, more travel, and a slew of promotional offers arriving by email, social media, and even to your doorstep. Do you know how to better protect yourself and your family from identity theft and credit fraud during this hectic time of year? Let’s look at 15 ways to help […] Read more

  • College Students, Be Aware of Scams Directed at You

    Life on your own as a college student can be fun and exhilarating. However, you may also be faced with new challenges and responsibilities. It’s important to be aware that some scammers may try to take advantage of your inexperience and attempt to steal your identity or your cash.  Job Scams The Federal Bureau of […] Read more

  • Would You Take the Pledge for More Password Security?

    Did you observe National Password Day on May 3, 2018? It was an interesting day for password-related news. First, Twitter pushed a password reset for more than 330 million users and took that opportunity to underscore the risks of reusing passwords on multiple sites. Second, in observation of the day, Nutella tweeted that “Nutella” might […] Read more

  • Military Members Combat Higher Risk of Identity Theft

    May is the season for spring flowers, graduations, and honoring those who serve our nation. As Military Appreciation Month, it embraces many things. It’s a time to remember the end of World War II and honor military families for their sacrifices. It culminates with the observation of Memorial Day to pay homage to those who […] Read more

  • Would You Surrender Your Friends’ Data for Pizza?

    Strange as it may seem, a recent study from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) suggests that students significantly shifted their attitudes toward privacy in return for free pizza. When asked if they would share email addresses of friends, the majority of students declined, but when the conversation expanded to include a pizza incentive, the results […] Read more

  • Manage Home Sales Cautiously or Risk Thousands

    The home selling season is heating up, and scammers are eager to defraud buyers and sellers once again. It’s an annual dance that puts your hard-earned funds at risk—potentially tens of thousands of dollars—so educate yourself about the possible pitfalls before you move in 2018. Closing or Wire Transfer Scams  When you apply for a […] Read more

  • 2017 Fraud and Identity Theft Numbers Reveal Trends

    The 20th edition of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Consumer Sentinel Network (CSN) Data Book gives insight into how consumers were impacted by fraud and identity theft in 2017. The Consumer Sentinel is a cyber tool and database that provides local, state, federal, and even international law enforcement groups with access to millions of consumer […] Read more