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Net tool tracks fraud against older people

David Burdette, a retired executive in Concord, N.H., narrowly missed becoming a victim of financial fraud last summer after criminals were apparently able to crack the password to an online account he used to manage his telephone service.

Burdette, 63, said it took months to change various account numbers and reset passwords after the episode, which left him wary of the perils of the Internet. “My level of paranoia has certainly increased,” he said.

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