Are Netflix Customers Still Being Scammed?

Identity Theft

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?

Managing Debt

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

Identity Theft

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

How to Avoid Housing Rental Scams

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How to Avoid Housing Rental Scams

How to Avoid Housing Rental Scams

For most of us, the largest chunk of our income goes to paying for a roof over our heads. Whether you are renting or buying, you want to make sure you aren’t being taken advantage of. If you are a renter, there are some popular scams you need to watch out for. Situations to Avoid… Read More

4 Ways to Avoid Charity Scams

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4 Ways to Avoid Charity Scams

4 Ways to Avoid Charity Scams

It is virtually impossible to see the devastation in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan, or in the Midwest after last weekend’s tornadoes, and not feel a tug on your heart-strings. After all, so many people were left with so little, and it could take so little from you or me to help them get food… Read More

Don’t Get Plucked in a Snowbird Scam

Identity Theft

Don’t Get Plucked in a Snowbird Scam

Don’t Get Plucked in a Snowbird Scam

Migrating to warm-weather states like Florida and Arizona as the temperature drops “up north”? So are scammers on the lookout for pigeons to pluck during Snowbird Season, which runs from late November through April. Some are part of organized crime rings — boiler-room telemarketers and so-called Gypsy Travelers who specifically target short-time vacationers and longer-staying,… Read More

How to Spot Apartment Rental Scams

Identity Theft

How to Spot Apartment Rental Scams

How to Spot Apartment Rental Scams

Rental scams have exploded in recent years, typically preying on vacationers looking for a week or two of R&R — only to get a “ruse” and “ripoff” in paying upfront for unavailable properties that don’t exist, are actually for sale (not rent), or are currently occupied. But there’s a more sinister — and troublesome —… Read More

What Are Ghost Credit Cards?

Personal Finance

What Are Ghost Credit Cards?

What Are Ghost Credit Cards?

In an alleged scheme targeting consumers in need of building their credit, scammers are said to have sent letters promoting semi-secured credit cards that would help boost credit scores. The letters asked people to send hundreds of dollars in deposits to either Freedom 1st National Bank or AmTrade International Bank in order to receive their… Read More

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