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    by Published on 12-11-2014 02:35 AM     Number of Views: 1344 
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    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sued several phony tech support companies that often lure people to their websites with pop-up ads or web searches. Here are some tips to avoid these scams:

    (1) do not give control of your computer to someone who says they need to activate software or to someone who calls you out of the blue claiming to be from tech support;
    (2) never provide your credit card information, financial information, or passwords to someone who claims to be from tech support; and
    (3) learn how to protect your computer from malware.
    If you think you may be a victim of a tech support scam, let the FTC know at its website. (Google FTC)
    by Published on 12-11-2014 02:33 AM     Number of Views: 1797 
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    The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) is warning service members about a new carjacking scam targeting unsuspecting holiday shoppers. Criminals will place a $100 bill, usually on an individual's windshield under the wiper blade, and while the victim is distracted and gets out to retrieve the cash, the criminals use the element of surprise to approach the vehicle and rob the victim of their belongings and car. Should anyone discover money on their vehicle, they should quickly move to a safe, public location and notify law enforcement or security personnel immediately. Lock your doors, and do not get out of the vehicle to retrieve the bill.

    For more information on CID or to report a felony-level crime or provide information concerning a crime, contact your local CID Office or the Military Police, or visit the U.S. Army CID website at www.cid.army.mil.
    by Published on 12-11-2014 02:28 AM     Number of Views: 1272 
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    The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) is offering shoppers the following tips to shop safely this holiday season:

    (1) have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. Check the back seat and around the car before getting in;
    (2) park in well-lit areas and as close to the store as possible;
    (3) do not purchase more than you can safely carry;
    (4) take a friend with you or ask a store employee to help you carry your packages to the car. Ask security to walk you to your car if you feel threatened;
    (5) wait until asked before taking out your credit card or checkbook. An enterprising thief would love to "shoulder surf" to get your account information;
    (6) do not leave packages visible in your car windows;
    (7) deter pickpockets. Keep your purse close to your body or your wallet inside a coat or front trouser pocket;
    (8) tell a security guard or store employee if you see an unattended bag or package;
    (9) if you are shopping with children, make a plan in case you get separated; and
    (10) always be alert and aware of your surroundings. Do not blindly walk in public areas focused on your phone
    by Published on 08-04-2014 09:19 PM  Number of Views: 1533 
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    Last Thursday night the Senate approved and sent to President Barack Obama a bill to improve access to health care for veterans and reform the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Forged through negotiations between the Senate and House Veterans’ Affairs Committee chairmen – Bernie
    by Published on 03-20-2014 03:15 PM     Number of Views: 946 
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    Pentagon Defense Budget Devastating
    Fix DoD Budget: Peace through Strength
    The fiscal year 2015 Defense plan from the Department of Defense makes severe reductions in force structure and compensation and cuts uniformed servicemembers' earned benefits. It presents unacceptable risk to our national security and challenges the commitment made to servicemembers for health care, housing and related benefits.

    The budget request restricts the pay raise for servicemembers below the rate of inflation; begins a phased reduction in the growth of the housing allowance, resulting in servicemembers paying 5 percent out of pocket for housing costs; reduces support to commissaries; and makes significant changes in TRICARE, the most important non-cash benefit earned through career service.

    Use the following prepared text to urge your Senators and Representative to honor our troops, our veterans and their families. Ask them to do the right thing: Resist the Pentagon plan.

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    by Published on 02-21-2014 01:17 PM     Number of Views: 1228 
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    Reports have begun about telephone scammers making calls claiming to be with the IRS, threatening individuals with arrest, revocation of business or driver’s license, or who knows what scam, if back taxes are not paid immediately.

    To avoid ...
    by Published on 02-14-2014 01:58 PM     Number of Views: 1137 
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    Military investigators are alerting army members about an unofficial benefits site that purports to offer users unclaimed benefits and then grabs their credentials.

    The ...
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