March Is All About Consumer Protection!
 
National Consumer Protection Week 2017

March 5th to the 11th is National Consumer Protection Week! A ccording to their site, "National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) is a coordinated c ampaign that encourages consumers nationwide to take full advantage of their consumer rig hts and make better informed decisions."
 
National Consumer Protection week offers a variety of different tools and services aimed at protecting consumers in cases of banking, identity theft, technology, shopping, and more. They even post new scam alerts!  
To learn more about National Consumer Protection Week and how you can get involved visit:  https://www.ncpw.gov/
IRS Dirty Dozen: Phishing, phone cons and identity theft lead scam list for 2017
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The Internal Revenue Service rounded up some of the usual suspects in its annual look at the Dirty Dozen scams you need to watch out for this year.

It should come as no surprise that the IRS saw a big spike in phishing and malware incidents during the 2016 tax season because the agency has been very public about its battle with this scourge.

Uber launches self-driving car pilot program in Tempe
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Uber Technologies Inc. officially kicked off its self-driving pilot program today in Tempe with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey taking the first passenger ride.

More than a dozen Uber-branded Volvo XC90 vehicles have been driving around Tempe since the end of December after moving from California.

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5 reasons to love insurance (yes, insurance)


An insurance policy can be a lot like a relationship. It's a commitment, and when life doesn't go your way, someone is there for you - financially, anyway.

Even if insurance won't send you roses or chocolates, here are five reasons to love it
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Could California go it alone with Obamacare? How much are you willing to pay?

How much would Californians be willing to spend to keep Obamacare in the Golden State?
That's a question lawmakers might be asking residents in the months to come as President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress scurry to repeal the Affordable Care Act and scramble for a plan to replace it.

Watson helps treat heart disease by looking at medical images
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IBM's Watson technology has helped doctors before , but usually by poring through databases before offering its advice. Now, it's ready to look at the patients themselves -- or rather, their body scans. It's following up on past promises by launching Watson Clinical Imaging Review, its first picture-based cognitive computing solution. The AI platform can sift through ultrasounds, x-rays and other medical data to both fill out health records and identify patients who might need critical care.

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