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If you watch television programs like The Dr. Oz Show or The View, you have undoubtedly heard about the miraculous power of green coffee bean extract.

You would think that a product sold by merchants like the Skymall catalog, Amazon, Nordstrom, Sephora, QVC, and Ulta would be 100% legitimate. Not so. Apparently, two companies touting skin care creams and weight loss supplements were making fabulous claims about their products that couldn’t be backed up, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has stepped in.

Who doesn’t like coupons—especially ones good for free pizza from Pizza Hut? Many people are receiving emails from what looks like Pizza Hut. The message says that in honor of the chain’s 55th anniversary, they are giving out online coupons that can be redeemed for a free pan pizza. Beware!

It’s been a rather bad year for the nation’s second largest cellular carrier, AT&T, and 2015 doesn’t look like it’s going to get much better. In October, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sued the communications behemoth for offering smartphone customers unlimited data plans and then deceptively slowing their bandwidth. 

Vacations are meant to be fun and relaxing, so the next time you take a trip, go ahead, sleep late, and enjoy that special dessert but don’t let your guard down when it comes to protecting your identity. Scammers are preying on travelers—stealing critical information through Wi-Fi and with illegal ATM skimming devices.

One thing about scams, no one is immune. Take the case of Joe Melomo, a retired IBM physicist from Austin, Tex. You might think that Melomo would be the last person to be taken by scammers but sadly, he lost more than $170,000 investing in a precious metals scam.

The 2014 tax season may be over, but sadly, scams playing on the nearly universal fear of owing money to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are running rampant. Crooks have called thousands of unsuspecting taxpayers, fraudulently representing themselves as IRS officials.

Retirement doesn’t always mean the end of a person’s working life. After retiring from a career, many people seek out part-time positions and work-from-home opportunities to earn extra money and keep themselves busy.

There’s a new scam out there that is particularly heartless. Playing on the natural grief and confusion people experience upon learning of a friend’s passing, scammers are sending out bogus emails with the words “funeral notification” in the subject line.

Over the last five years, anyone with a computer and an Internet connection has witnessed and probably become part of the social media explosion that has changed the way we interact with one another.

When standing by the side of the road next to your broken-down vehicle, the sight of a tow truck on the horizon is sure to elicit a sigh of relief. However, that oncoming tow truck just might be an even bigger nightmare than being stranded.

It s an old idea described throughout time in many different ways: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure; forewarned is forearmed; knowledge is power.