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Consumer Safety Resources from the Government on SPAM, Scams, Fraud, Phishing and Identity Theft

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In the last 2 days, I have received at least 3 fraudulent solicitations via U.S. mail and who knows how many via e-mail. While I’ve gotten pretty good at detecting spam scams, it can be harder with physical mail solicitations.

The origin of the fraudulent solicitations I received were very different in nature — a crafts product testing club, an automobile warranty service and a “Title Compliance Board” — but they all had two things in common: they wanted me to pay hundreds of dollars for things they will never deliver or for something I could get myself for about $5 (my property deed), and they came in very convincing looking packages.

So I thought I’d christen this Identity Protection and Fraud Prevention Week here at Pecuniarities and follow-up my last 2 posts:

with a compilation of links information on fraud prevention.

I’ve spent the majority of this week working on this list where you will find almost 100 links to online resources provided and recommended by the government to teach you how to protect yourself from the rampant greed of the physical- and cyber-world. Topics covered include how to recognize, avoid, report and recover from scams and frauds of all sorts.

Click on the Table of Contents link below for a preview of the topics covered in this list.

If you don’t have the time to go through all this information right now, be sure and bookmark this page so you can refer to it should the need arise. And please share this page with your friends and family!

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Language Lesson ~ Frugality is a Virtue

Langauge Lessons Dictionary Image Copyright E.S.M.In modern times where the spending of money is oftentimes equated with power and status, the word “frugal” or “frugality” seems to carry an almost negative connotation and be associated with stinginess or miserliness (if you look it up in a thesaurus). However, if we go back to the actual definition and etymology (origins) of the word, we see that frugality is really a positive trait and nothing to be at all ashamed of.

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