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Safety Tip: Ride Sharing Apps

Here are a few important safety tips provide the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office for when using a ride-sharing app/service: Request your ride inside – avoid spending unnecessary time outside alone with your phone in hand. Instead, wait indoors until your ride has arrived.Be a backseat rider – if you are riding alone, sit in the […]

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TIP: Protect yourself against Medicare scams

Still getting calls from people claiming to be from Medicare, asking for money or personal information? Here are a few important tips from the Federal Trade Commission: Hang up. If someone calls claiming to be from Medicare, asking for your Social Security number or bank information to get your new card or new benefits, that’s a […]

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TIP: Social Security Scam

A growing scam in the area involves people pretending to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and try to get your Social Security number or your money. That scam is now growing exponentially. To compare: in 2017, we heard from 3,200 people about SSA imposter scams, and those people reported losing nearly $210,000. So […]

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TIP: 10 Things You Can Do to Avoid Fraud

Crooks use clever schemes to defraud millions of people every year. They often combine new technology with old tricks to get people to send money or give out personal information. Here are some practical tips to help you stay a step ahead. Spot imposters. Scammers often pretend to be someone you trust, like a government official, a family […]

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TIP: Cold Weather Reminders

The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management has provided these tips to keep in mind in the cold and during severe weather events: Be prepared! Visit ready.nj.gov for information on how to prepare for: home, work, and your vehicle. Have an emergency kit/go-bag for all three locations. Pets are family too! Remember to include them in your […]

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TIP: Keep Electronics Warm In the Winter

Most people are aware of hot weather being a danger to consumer electronics, but they don’t realize that the colder times of year can be just as difficult to our electronic helpers. To make sure that your devices survive the cold this winter, here are some tips to keep them safe when the weather gets […]

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TIP: Driving in below freezing temperatures

Here are a few tips from Car Care Council to help keep your car in tact during the winter weather:  1)    Keep the gas tank at least half full; this decreases the chance of moisture forming in the gas lines and possibly freezing.  2)    Check the tire pressure, including the spare, as tires can lose […]

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SCAM ALERT: American Express ‘Primary Cardmember Message’ Phishing

According to this email, which purports to be from credit card provider American Express, errors were encountered during a recent security analysis.   The email, which has the subject line, “A concern that requires your action”, and is addressed to the “Primary Cardmember” claims that you need to confirm your account information by opening an attached file. However, […]

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