Infographic: Teens in Cars

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Source: www.safekids.org

*Teens In Cars [Infographic]* Motor vehicle crashes are the #1 killer of teens. The best way to protect teens (as well as anyone in a vehicle) is to use seat belts.  Infographic by: Safe Kids Worldwide 

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Defendants in Massive Spam Text Message, Robocalling and Mobile Cramming Scheme to Pay $10 Million to Settle FTC Charges | Federal Trade Commission

Source: www.ftc.gov

Defendants To Pay $10 Million For Trifecta of FTC Violations

 

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced yesterday that several defendants will pay approximately $10 million to the FTC to settle charges related to offers of "free" gift cards from major retailers. The "trifecta" of FTC violations are: spam text messages; illegal robocalls; and mobile cramming.

 

As stated in the October 22, 2014, Press Release:

"The settlement marks the completion of a major effort by the FTC to crack down on the senders of unwanted text messages offering consumers “free” gift cards to retailers such as Best Buy, Walmart and Target. The messages contained links to websites that led consumers through a process that the FTC alleges was designed to get consumers’ personal information for sale to marketers, their mobile phone numbers to cram unwanted charges on their bill, and to drive them to paid subscriptions for which the scammers received affiliate referral fees."

 

The settlements are being paid by three sets of defendants in different amounts.

 

Source: FTC: Defendants in Massive Spam Text Message, Robocalling and Mobile Cramming Scheme to Pay $10 Million to Settle FTC Charges

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Why you might fall for a phishing scam

Information is power and, when it comes to the criminal underground, it might as well be gold. Scammers who pick up chuncks of information about you can qu

Source: www.consumeraffairs.com

Why you might fall for a phishing scam

 

Phishing is the use of an email that attempts to scam a user into revealing private information. These emails appear to come from legitimate companies and usually direct you to an "official" looking webpage to update your personal information.

 

"Information is power and, when it comes to the criminal underground, it might as well be gold … Scammers who pick up chunks of information about you can quickly pick your pocket. An effective phishing scam almost always involves trickery and deception. A message in your email inbox is not what it first appears. … The challenge, then, is to find a way to identify these bogus pitches/threats and warn consumers before they make a costly error in judgment. …"

 

Two professors at the University of Alabama in Huntsville are studying phishing scams to determine the best way to help protect people from them.

 

"The researchers say your response to a [phishing scam] warning is based on the strength of the authority issuing it. In addition, you have to understand it, remember it, change your attitude and be motivated enough to change your behavior. … [P}hishing is not just a problem of technology, though fixes are normally offered only in those terms. Rather, a lot of it involves psychology."

By: Mark Huffman via Consumer Affairs

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Get your teen to stop texting while driving!

Distracted driving, frequently caused by texting, is the leading cause of those car accidents. If asking your teen to put away the phone doesn’t work, there are apps out there that can help.

Source: www.philly.com

Get your teen to stop texting while driving!

 

Driving is complicated and the statistics regarding car crashes are staggering. In addition, awareness is not the issue.

 

How we can combat distracted driving:

 

"The simplest solution is to silence the phone and put it away. … That old adage, out of sight, out of mind is true. A more modern option is to find an app. There are a number of apps available to prevent texting and driving and most are free. … Finally, … use a designated texter.

 

The science is clear, we need to have our brains fully focused on the road while driving."

 

Article by: Cynthia Boyer via philly[dot]com

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