The Puppy Scam You Need to Know About

Identity Theft

The Puppy Scam You Need to Know About

The Puppy Scam You Need to Know About

The Ohio Attorney General issued a warning to consumers this month about an increasingly common and effective scam tactic: big, adorable puppy eyes. Fraudsters have long used puppies in their quests to fleece consumers of thousands of dollars, and there’s something that makes these operations more hurtful than your garden variety Craigslist scam. As is the… Read More

4 Ways to Spot an Internet Scam

Identity Theft

4 Ways to Spot an Internet Scam

4 Ways to Spot an Internet Scam

The quintessential phishing scam goes something like this: An email arrives in your inbox, purporting to be from a financial institution, retailer or other company with which you do business. Some urgent matter requires your attention – perhaps you need to confirm a charge on your account, for instance. You’re then provided with a link… Read More

Anatomy of a phishing email scam

Personal Finance

Anatomy of a phishing email scam

Anatomy of a phishing email scam

Phishing emails are fake messages designed by identity thieves to try to gather personal data from unsuspecting consumers. The PayPal email I received today was centered around convincing me that some one had purchased $350 stereo equipment in my name. When you click on the prominent “cancel order” button it delivers you to a PayPal login page. This page is designed to look exactly like the PayPal website and even links back to the official website. But with a web address of “Mujes.cz” it is most definitely not authentic.

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