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15 ways to protect yourself from scams

Financial loss to fraud hit an all-time high in 2005, according to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The ICCC's fifth annual report says that in 2005, Americans lost a total of $183.12 million to fraud -- up from $68 million in 2004. Unfortunately, it seems there's always a plentiful supply of people falling for scams. Don't be one of them.

Follow these 15 tips and enjoy safe surfing and shopping on the Web.

15 ways to protect yourself from scams:

Sources: Internet Fraud Watch, Better Business Bureau, Internet Crime Complaint Center, the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission

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