How Your Name Could Get You Scammed

Identity Theft

How Your Name Could Get You Scammed

How Your Name Could Get You Scammed

Your personally identifiable information (PII) is all around you, and much of it is impossible to protect. While your driver’s license and Social Security numbers are a significant part of the equation, you can take certain protective measures to keep those from prying eyes. Unfortunately, that’s not the case when it comes to more visible… Read More

Beware of Scams in the Wake of Robin Williams’ Death

Identity Theft

Beware of Scams in the Wake of Robin Williams’ Death

Beware of Scams in the Wake of Robin Williams’ Death

Even for a celebrity death, the worldwide response to Robin Williams’ passing has been remarkable. Within minutes on Monday, news of the comedian’s death was dominating trending topics on Twitter and filling up Facebook news feeds. Unfortunately, that makes it a tremendous opportunity for scam artists and computer virus writers, who never fail to take… Read More

The 5 Fastest-Growing Scams in America

Personal Finance

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

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

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

Don’t Fall for College Scholarship Scams

Students

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

Identity Theft

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?

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

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