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Cyber Crimes: The Nightmare Scenario for Your Business

Your company could sustain huge losses due to the compromise of an employee e-mail account. Seemingly legitimate communications and requests may actually be signs of a fraudster attempting to commit a scam called Business E-Mail Compromise (BEC). How does this scam work? The goal of this type of scam is to compromise business e-mail accounts […]

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Blacklisted By Freddie Mac: How a Short Sale Can Mean a Long Road to Redemption for Real Estate Professionals

Hollywood. Railroads. Mining. You may have thought blacklisting was a forsaken part of America’s past, but if you’re reading this, you may be a victim of this devastating tool. Used by some of the largest and most influential institutions, blacklisting is alive and well, now cloaked in new terms and greater secrecy. Birth of the […]

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WHEN WALL STREET COLD CALLS YOU

You see it in movies — an image of slick stock broker in a basement boiler room in Manhattan, Brooklyn or Staten Island cold calling  customers.  The pitch is standardized.  The broker has a secret stock or IPO just for you (the innocent investor), but the catch is you have to act now because the […]

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Financial Alphabet Soup is Really Not That Filling

Financial professionals often use certifications on business cards, internet portals, and the like to support their expertise. Whether it is CFP (Certified Financial Planner), CSNA (Certified Special Needs Advisor), or CSP (Certified Succession Planner), the abbreviations suggest a course of study, a test, or a series of tests successfully passed.  But is this financial alphabet […]

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FTC Looking at Dealers for Safeguards Rule Compliance

by Michael G. Charapp On June 7, 2012, the FTC announced that it had agreed on terms of a consent order with a Georgia Toyota dealer stemming from the dealer’s failure to maintain adequate control of its customer information as required by the FTC Safeguards Rule.  The FTC charged that the dealer had violated its […]

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