"Internet Scams, Identity Theft, and Urban Legends: Are You at Risk?"

Unfortunately, as we hear every single day, being smart is NOT enough to protect yourself from dangerous Internet scams, frustrating spam, or devious identity theft

Friday, August 01, 2014

Are you frustrated and overwhelmed by of all of the scams, spam and other junk you see every day on the Internet and in your email box? Do you wish you had a way to know -- for sure -- what's real and what's not? If so, you've come to the right place.

My name is Dr. Audri Lanford, and I'd like to welcome you to Scambusters.org, a public service website and email newsletter that has helped over 11 million people protect themselves from Internet scams, identity theft and spam since 1994.

You'll find lots of great free resources here on how to avoid the most popular scams, identity theft threats, and urban legends making the rounds.

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