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Be On Guard

The consumer series “Be On Guard” is reported by the Chicago Sun-Times and made possible through the support of AARP Illinois.

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Consumer advocates warn shoppers of dangerous toys sold online

The latest Public Interest Research Group’s "Trouble in Toyland" report released Thursday outlines the current risk of knock-offs and recalled toys being sold in online marketplaces.

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Retirees: How to protect yourself from the grandparent scam and other fraud schemes that target the elderly

These tips can help keep you from losing thousands of dollars the way this Rogers Park woman’s father did at the hands of someone who lied that his grandson was in trouble.

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6 types of consumer fraud, and how to avoid them

Through the support of the AARP Fraud Watch Network, the Sun-Times has worked to inform consumers about a variety of scams. Here's a summary.

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Gift-card scams: 7 tips to avoid getting ripped off

The huge popularity of gift cards makes them an attractive target for scammers. Here's a guide to what you can do to protect yourself.

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How to ensure this holiday season that you’re giving to charities, not scammers

Charity scams often pop up around the holidays. Here's a guide to what you can do to protect yourself.

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Traveling for holidays? Stay safely connected at airport, hotel, in rental car

Connecting phones, tablets and computers to unsecured Wi-Fi service can leave holiday travelers vulnerable to scammers, consumer experts warn.

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How to spot imposter fraud, what you can do to protect yourself

Older people are often targeted by imposter scams. Here's a guide to what you can do to protect yourself.

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How military veterans can protect themselves from scammers who target them

Vets are targeted by a variety of fraud scams. Here's a guide to what you can do to protect yourself.

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How to avoid identify theft and keep your data safe

To protect yourself from phishing scams and identity theft, here's a guide to what you can do.