The Fight to Stop Robocalls

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The Fight to Stop Robocalls

The Fight to Stop Robocalls

If technology exists that could stop scammy robocalls before they pester and cheat Americans, why don’t phone companies use it?  That’s the crux of a letter sent Tuesday by attorneys general from 39 states and territories to the Federal Communications Commission. Software with names like NoMoRobo, Call Control and Telemarketing Guard can root out many unwanted and… Read More

7 Scams That Just Won’t Die

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7 Scams That Just Won’t Die

7 Scams That Just Won’t Die

As much of a joke as those Nigerian-prince-email scams have become, people sadly fall for them. That “pay me now, you’ll get millions later” operation has been around for decades (the Boston Globe says it’s 200 years old) and has found ways to work from paper letters, emails and texts, and given that longevity, it’s probably… Read More

5 Reasons Not to Search for Those Nude Celebrity Photos

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5 Reasons Not to Search for Those Nude Celebrity Photos

5 Reasons Not to Search for Those Nude Celebrity Photos

A not-so funny thing happened to the Internet over Labor Day weekend. It was nearly trampled to death in a digital stampede for photographs of nude celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kate Upton, Rihanna and others. More than 100 celebrities “made” the list. How did the pictures wind up online? The best… Read More

The IRS Phone Call You Can Ignore

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The IRS Phone Call You Can Ignore

The IRS Phone Call You Can Ignore

The most recent IRS phone scam is raking in some big numbers: 90,000 complaints to the Treasury Inspector General’s Office and more than $5 million bilked from 1,100 victims. Consumers were first warned of the IRS scam in October, CNN Money said. Unfortunately, the con artists have continued to be wildly successful in cheating taxpayers out… Read More

How Your Celebrity Obsession Could Get You Scammed

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How Your Celebrity Obsession Could Get You Scammed

How Your Celebrity Obsession Could Get You Scammed

We all have our areas of interest — make that obsession — and when something related to them crops up online, we can be instantly transformed into monster click-machines. The problem here: Many of those clicks can either lead to your victimization or becoming an unwitting co-conspirator in cybercrime. To make matters worse, once your… Read More

How Your Name Could Get You Scammed

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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

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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

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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

Flight MH17 Victims Targeted By Scammers

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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

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