Your personal information could be for sale when you buy online

A viewer reached out to sister station WGAL and asked if a letter and a $2,400 check she received from the U.S. Justice Department was real.The short answer is yes.The letter claimed that Epsilon Data Management, one of the largest marketing companies in the world, had reached a prosecution agreement with the government.Epsilon was accused of willingly selling the information of 30 million Americans to clients engaged in elder fraud scams.To settle the case, Epsilon agreed to pay $150 million, with most of that money going to victims.This case answers a question many scam victims often ask: How did they get my information?Sometimes scammers just go out and buy it.Information about you – like your name, address, phone number and age – is a commodity that is bought and sold by companies all the time.The next time you buy something online, take the time to read every single line of the privacy agreement or sales agreement before you click “I accept.”You may see in that agreement that your information may be sold to another company for marketing purposes.If that is the case, you may want to take your business elsewhere.That’s one place to start if you want to limit who gets your personal information.Watch the video above for the full story.

A viewer reached out to sister station WGAL and asked if a letter and a $2,400 check she received from the U.S. Justice Department was real.

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The short answer is yes.

The letter claimed that Epsilon Data Management, one of the largest marketing companies in the world, had reached a prosecution agreement with the government.

Epsilon was accused of willingly selling the information of 30 million Americans to clients engaged in elder fraud scams.

To settle the case, Epsilon agreed to pay $150 million, with most of that money going to victims.

This case answers a question many scam victims often ask: How did they get my information?

Sometimes scammers just go out and buy it.

Information about you – like your name, address, phone number and age – is a commodity that is bought and sold by companies all the time.

The next time you buy something online, take the time to read every single line of the privacy agreement or sales agreement before you click “I accept.”

You may see in that agreement that your information may be sold to another company for marketing purposes.

If that is the case, you may want to take your business elsewhere.

That’s one place to start if you want to limit who gets your personal information.

Watch the video above for the full story.

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