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Bloomington Beware! – Curiosity


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Bloomington Beware! – Your ID in Danger!


Now it’s LIKELY — not just possible — that your identity has been stolen. A data breach involving Experian (the credit-reporting firm), plus the really scary “Heartbleed” problem with overall internet security, have changed everything. Here’s why you need to change ALL your passwords.

Bloomington Beware! – Tax Scams Part 2


The top scams to watch out for, according to the IRS: the ones most likely to hit you this year. Fraudsters have victimized hundreds of thousands of Americans. Don’t be next!

Bloomington Beware! – Tax Scams Part 1


Every year, some people try to avoid paying at least some of the taxes they owe. It’s always been stupid, and it’s getting stupider every year. Here’s how NOT to get in trouble with the gummint.

Bloomington Beware! – Telephone Danger


The telephone is now the most popular way for scammers to find you. Here are the biggest scams, and how to hang up on ‘em.

Bloomington Beware! – Microsoft Scams


Nineteenth-century technology can trump Twenty-first-century tech if you let a telephone caller convince you he’s working for Microsoft. It could cost you thousands!

Bloomington Beware! – Homeless Phone Scam


Scammers have reached a new low, by victimizing the neediest people – the homeless. So far, this frightening scheme is apparently NOT illegal — so it’s up to you to help spread the warning.

Bloomington Beware! – Fort Wayne Scam


Your business is the Best! An outfit peddling meaningless “Best Of Your Town” certificates to small businesses has been outed by the Better Business Bureau; starting in Fort Wayne, the scam is spreading around the state.

Bloomington Beware! – Bad Numbers


Phony charges, in relatively small amounts, can show up on your credit card or telephone bills. Here’s the info on two current schemes, and a warning to check out everything, every time.

Bloomington Beware! – New Email Scams


Emails that DON’T come from PayPal, or a Funeral Home, are the latest creative ways scammers are trying to keep you from hitting the “delete” key. If they weren’t so dangerous, they’d be pretty funny!

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