Flight MH17 Victims Targeted By Scammers

Identity Theft

Flight MH17 Victims Targeted By Scammers

Flight MH17 Victims Targeted By Scammers

Amid reports of looters raiding the crash site of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight in eastern Ukraine, the Dutch Banking Association announced it is taking steps to prevent misuse of the passengers’ credit and debit cards. Of the 298 people who died in the crash, 193 were Dutch. The site of the crash has apparently… Read More

The Puppy Scam You Need to Know About

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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

Don’t Fall for College Scholarship Scams

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Don’t Fall for College Scholarship Scams

Don’t Fall for College Scholarship Scams

A student in Amarillo, Texas, received an exciting phone call last month: Damon Bennett, a high school senior, had been applying for grants and scholarships to help pay for college, and a woman called to tell him he received a $7,000 grant. All he had to do to claim his award was deposit $200 into… Read More

How Scammers Are Targeting Home Businesses

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How Scammers Are Targeting Home Businesses

How Scammers Are Targeting Home Businesses

The Better Business Bureau issued a warning April 25 about a fake-check scam targeting direct sales professionals, and the BBB advised such sales people to avoid accepting checks from customers they don’t know. Fraudsters present themselves as potential customers, contacting consultants via email or text message with an order request. The so-called customer sends the… Read More

Are Netflix Customers Still Being Scammed?

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Are Netflix Customers Still Being Scammed?

Are Netflix Customers Still Being Scammed?

In February, a scam surfaced that alerted Netflix users their accounts had been compromised and they needed to call customer support to resolve the issue. The 800-number connected users with hackers trying to get customers’ personal information — a practice known as phishing — as well as attempting to search victims’ computers using remote-access software…. Read More

Could Not Paying a Debt Land You in Jail?

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Could Not Paying a Debt Land You in Jail?

Could Not Paying a Debt Land You in Jail?

After allegedly cashing the same checks more than once (by phone and in person), four Georgia football players were recently charged with theft by deception. It’s a crime that can result in fines or even jail time, depending on state law and the severity of the offense. Some debt collectors are using the threat of… Read More

Watch Out for the Newest Credit Score Scam

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Watch Out for the Newest Credit Score Scam

Watch Out for the Newest Credit Score Scam

The Better Business Bureau warned consumers recently about an email scam promising free credit scores. The BBB has received more than 2,700 complaints about a company offering free credit scores for seven days, after which there is a charge, and emails have also said links in these emails lead to a phishing scam and malware…. Read More

Warning: Malaysia Airlines Scam Hits Facebook

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Warning: Malaysia Airlines Scam Hits Facebook

Warning: Malaysia Airlines Scam Hits Facebook

Scammers are preying on your curiosity surrounding Malaysia Airlines MH370, the flight that mysteriously disappeared March 8. Viral Facebook posts with fake videos of the “found” plane, many of which claim the flight’s passengers have been saved and are alive, are potentially infected with malware. The posts look like legitimate videos and use attention-grabbing phrases… Read More

The Sneakiest Scams of 2014

Identity Theft

The Sneakiest Scams of 2014

The Sneakiest Scams of 2014

While there is no shortage of scams, some deserve special recognition for being especially sneaky.This year — just in time for National Consumer Protection Week — we’d like to spotlight scams that really stood out for the heights of trickery that identity thieves scale to con their victims. “We reviewed more than a dozen popular scams… Read More

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