Radio Interview on WHUR Voices, Sirius XM 141

imageswhurfmlogo1Scam expert and identity theft speaker James Munton appeared on Harold Fisher’s show the Daily Drum on WHUR/Sirius XM141.

James answered questions from listeners in an entertaining radio phone-in show.

Listen to part of the program here…

Tax Scams

Watch out for scams at tax time! Listen to James Munton’s interview on 610 WTVN.

Is your password on the list?

The top password list is out and there is a new #1!

According to Splashdata, the ubiquitous “password” has been knocked off the top of the charts by an even sillier password.

Here is the list (with the change in position from last year):

1. 123456 (Up 1)

2. password (Down 1)

3. 12345678 (Unchanged)

4. qwerty (Up 1)

5. abc123 (Down 1)

6. 123456789 (New)

7. 111111 ( Up 2)

8. 1234567 (Up 5)

9. iloveyou (Up 2)

10. adobe123 (New)

11. 123123 (Up 5)

12. admin (New)

13. 1234567890 (New)

14. letmein (Down 7)

15. photoshop (New)

16. 1234 (New)

17. monkey (Down 11)

18. shadow (Unchanged)

19. sunshine (Down 5)

20. 12345 (New)

21. password1 (up 4)

22. princess (New)

23. azerty (New)

24. trustno1 (Down12)

25. 000000 (New)


‘Tis the Season for Scams

The holidays are here. A time of good cheer and goodwill.

Unfortunately, the season of giving can also be the season of taking. Con artists are always looking for opportunities to fleece an unsuspecting public, and the holiday season offers ripe pickings. Here’s one to look out for:

Rocks in a Box 

Someone approaches you with an iPad that he’s selling for $300. You examine it. It looks great. The price is right. You hand over the cash and walk away with a new, sealed Apple box. It’s not till you get home and open the box that you find it’s a picture frame from the dollar store wrapped in silver duct tape. This is a true story. It happened in California.

Big-ticket items are popular for the rocks in a box swindle because they are usually so expensive and are offered at prices that are hard to resist.

How to protect yourself:

  • Don’t buy on the street. Genuine deals are generally not to be found on the sidewalk. Buying from an established retail outlet doesn’t guarantee that you will get what you pay for, but at least then you have the protection of warranties, returns and exchanges.
  • Open the box. This applies to store purchases as wellOpen the box at the store in front of a store employee to confirm that what’s inside is what’s supposed to be there.
  • Alert the authorities. Don’t forget that if you are buying a real product on the street, there’s a good chance that it’s stolen. And if you buy something that you suspect is stolen? You’re participating in an illegal activity. 

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