The 5 Fastest-Growing Scams in America

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The 5 Fastest-Growing Scams in America

The 5 Fastest-Growing Scams in America

The Consumer Federation of America does an exhaustive survey every year of the top complaints registered with various state and local consumer protection agencies. This year, 40 agencies in 23 states across America responded to the survey.  The survey fills out a picture of the “gotcha” world that is often incomplete, because state and local agencies… Read More

Drivers Beware of This E-ZPass Scam

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Drivers Beware of This E-ZPass Scam

Drivers Beware of This E-ZPass Scam

As if driving on toll roads wasn’t already an annoying experience, drivers now have to watch out for a scam targeting E-ZPass users. The Metropolitan Transit Authority of New York (MTA) issued a warning to toll-road travelers to watch out for an E-ZPass phishing scam that popped up recently: It’s an email to consumers saying… Read More

The Newest Debt Collection Scam

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The Newest Debt Collection Scam

The Newest Debt Collection Scam

A debt collection scam in Illinois impersonates the state attorney general in emails threatening debtors with legal action if the debt continues to go unpaid, according to a warning on the office’s website. The scammers claim to be representing Attorney General Lisa Madigan in emails demanding payment. Attached to the emails, recipients will find a… Read More

Netflix Users the Target of New Scam

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Netflix Users the Target of New Scam

Netflix Users the Target of New Scam

A security blogger recently reported a new phishing scam that could potentially reach millions of Americans: It involves Netflix. Jérôme Segura posted about the scam to Malwarebytes Unpacked on Feb. 28, reporting that scam emails are telling Neflix users their accounts may have been compromised and they should call a support hotline. In case you haven’t… Read More

Think Pink? Beware of Breast Cancer Charity Scams

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Think Pink? Beware of Breast Cancer Charity Scams

Think Pink? Beware of Breast Cancer Charity Scams

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, time for that annual flood of pink-colored reminders to support a cure for the second-leading cause of cancer deaths among women. It’s also time for a tsunami of “pinkwashing” — bogus charities and fraudulent fundraising through the sale of ribbons and other hued merchandise that promise to benefit… Read More

Debit Thief Accidentally Sends Gifts to Victims

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Debit Thief Accidentally Sends Gifts to Victims

Debit Thief Accidentally Sends Gifts to Victims

While many consumers may get ripped off by identity thieves without knowing it, one particularly unfortunate fraudster recently gave his victims a pretty good clue: He accidentally shipped his purchases to their house. A couple in Alaska recently learned from their credit union that a criminal had used their debit card number to make $5,000 worth… Read More

Despite Attention, Payday Scammers Keep Calling

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Despite Attention, Payday Scammers Keep Calling

Despite Attention, Payday Scammers Keep Calling

For years now, we at Credit.com have written story after story warning people about fake payday loan debt collectors. This February the Federal Trade Commission won a court order to close an operation that allegedly stole $5 million from American consumers using intimidation and threatening phone calls to collect on phantom payday loan debts, most… Read More

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