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Fraud continues to pose a serious problem for consumers today, from check and credit card scams to identity theft and purchases online.

How does a person protect against deceptive practices? A few answers can be found on websites dedicated to preventing consumer fraud. Here are a few instructive sites:

Consumer Federation of America • Serves up fraud protection tips in a variety of categories at

Federal Trade Commission • Offers information on key privacy and identity theft topics, including computer security, at

Fraud Guides • Contains consumer fraud protection tips, with columns on a range of topics, including travel scams, ATM and credit card fraud, and identity theft, at

National Consumers League • Features insights on how to detect a scam, file a complaint, and spot different forms of fraud, at

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