Netflix Users the Target of New Scam

Identity Theft

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

Identity Theft

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

Identity Theft

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

Personal Finance

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

Fake Judge Case Hits Real Courtroom

Managing Debt

Fake Judge Case Hits Real Courtroom

Fake Judge Case Hits Real Courtroom

A debt collection company accused of running a fake courtroom with fake judges appeared in a real court yesterday, where a real judge ordered them to stop immediately, according to a story by the Erie Times-News. The company, Unicredit America of Erie, Pa., had been using fake subpoenas and employees dressed like judges and sheriff’s… Read More

Meet the Scam: International Lottery Fraud

Identity Theft

Meet the Scam: International Lottery Fraud

Meet the Scam: International Lottery Fraud

Welcome to National Consumer Protection Week! Credit.com and CreditBloggers.com are joining with the Federal Trade Comission to use this week for educating consumers about fraud and scams. One of the features we’re going to do this week is “Meet the Scam,” where we profile the top scams of the past year. Today’s scam was named the #1 fraud crime of 2006 by ConsumerAffairs.com. That’s right, its the Fake Lottery Scam. Let’s take a closer look:

More news about the debit card scam

Credit Cards

More news about the debit card scam

More news about the debit card scam

Last week, Citibank confirmed that it experienced a security breach affecting debit cards in Canada, Russia and the UK. The full story and true scope of this scam continues to unfold this week. Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Washington Mutual customers have also been impacted by the security breach. What’s really going on here?
* Several hundred fraudulent withdrawals were made internationally with Citibank debit cards.
* Citibank reported that it was a third-party business that experienced the security breach. This business is widely assumed to be OfficeMax.

Mortgage fraud scheme entangles borrowers

Mortgages

Mortgage fraud scheme entangles borrowers

Mortgage fraud scheme entangles borrowers

This seductive pitch resulted in several arrests in Florida in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme. An investigation dubbed “Operation Green Acres” uncovered a scam in which 24 “straw buyers” were recruited from Miami and Naples to “purchase” Big Sun Valley houses in the Ocala area. Most of the straw buyers did not speak, read or write English or had a very limited English vocabulary.

Pension Benefit Information: Doing business in the age of identity theft

Identity Theft

Pension Benefit Information: Doing business in the age of identity theft

Pension Benefit Information: Doing business in the age of identity theft

One company that is struggling with this issue is Pension Benefit Information. I spoke with their President, Sue McDonald earlier today. Pension Benefit Information’s job is to locate consumers that are owed pension money and to try to connect them with forgotten benefits. The company does this by sending letters to the consumer on behalf of their former employer. Unfortunately, many of their clients ignore these letters and choose to forgo the benefits that they are owed.

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