Articles Posted by Clint Turpen

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All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle. Clint Turpen, marketing specialist at Regional Federal Credit Union, is a certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist. He is an author at Regional Federal Credit Union’s Fraud Prevention Unit Web site. For more information, visit www.fraudpreventionunit.org.

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    Debit Card Safety and Security

    Local expert gives advice, enjoy the convenience of a debit card Debit card use has exploded over the past few years, especially as many recession-conscious consumers began easing up on credit card use (or eliminating…

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    Staying Safe on Facebook

    Facebook has been in the news a lot, mostly due to an IPO that didn’t quite go according to the hype. For those who use the site regularly, a more pressing concern might be the…

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    How to weed out scams

    When you read about as many examples of scams and identity theft as I do, you start to notice patterns. Even though the details may change, most scams are based on one of a few…

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    How to avoid credit repair scams

    How to Avoid Credit Repair Scams  If you’ve had some financial difficulties, a new year is a great time to start thinking about getting your credit back on track. A quick Internet search is all…

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    Keep your new computer safe

    This time of year, a lot of people begin to think about purchasing new high-tech devices for their families. With everything on sale, what better time to consider picking up a new computer for your…

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    Predators want to make fast bucks from “Slow Computer” scams

      Clint Turpen Does your computer seem to be running slower lately? You’re not alone. Over time, computers tend to get bogged down. For example, you install a piece of software to accomplish some task…

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    Grandparent Scams

    by Clint Turpen A common scam that appears to be increasing in frequency is a swindle often known as the “Grandparent Scam.” In its basic form, the scam begins with a phone call to an…

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    Preventing low-tech identity theft

    by Clint Turpen Have you ever watched a news broadcast on the topic of identity theft? Did you ever notice the over-the-shoulder graphics they use during these segments? Invariably, the on-screen graphic will feature the…

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    Preventing low-tech identity theft

    by Clint Turpen Have you ever watched a news broadcast on the topic of identity theft? Did you ever notice the over-the-shoulder graphics they use during these segments? Invariably, the on-screen graphic will feature the…

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    Tax season scams

    By Clint Turpen I’m going to amend an old saying right now – in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes and tax season scams. It happens every single year…