Latest Scams & Rip-Offs

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Report: Top 5 Email Scam Subject Lines Right Now Scams & Rip-Offs December 4th, 2023
If you’re not careful, criminals can rob you via email inbox. In many cases, unsuspecting victims get lured in from…
12 Common Amazon Scams To Avoid
12 Common Amazon Scams To Avoid Scams & Rip-Offs October 31st, 2023
Amazon can be a convenient way to shop, but it can be an increasingly risky proposition. According to a report…
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Am I Wasting My Time Reporting Spam Emails To My Email Service Provider? Scams & Rip-Offs October 30th, 2023
Even if you never get caught in their trap, email spam -- especially malicious emails attempting to scam you --…
email scams
Clark Howard’s #1 Rule To Avoid Email Scams Scams & Rip-Offs October 24th, 2023
Scams involving email were among the top three most reported internet crimes last year, according to a Federal Bureau of…
post office mailbox
Why You Should Never Mail a Check Scams & Rip-Offs October 19th, 2023
Although money expert Clark Howard wants you to receive paper statements for particular bills, he doesn’t want you to mail…
senior scams
Report: These 8 Scams Are Costing Seniors Millions Scams & Rip-Offs October 18th, 2023
Senior citizens continue to be prime targets of scammers and criminals. In a new Federal Trade Commission (FTC) report, Protecting…
How To Get a Patent on Your Invention Without Getting Scammed
How To Get a Patent on Your Invention Without Getting Scammed Scams & Rip-Offs October 13th, 2023
If you're a would-be inventor, you've probably seen ads on TV promising patent help and offering to take your invention…
Cell phone public charging station in airport
Warning for Cell Phone Users: Do Not Use Public Charging Stations Scams & Rip-Offs October 5th, 2023
Your cell phone can be a valuable traveling companion. But if you need to charge it on the go, there’s…
Medicare scam
Watch Out for Medicare Scams Right Now Scams & Rip-Offs October 3rd, 2023
With Medicare’s annual enrollment period approaching, it’s a good time to be reminded of the many tricks scammers use to…
Robocall phone
New Report: The #1 Phone Scam in America Scams & Rip-Offs September 27th, 2023
Scammers want nothing more than to pry you from your money and one way they’re increasingly doing it is via…
spam text messages
New Report: The Top 5 Spam Text Messages in America Scams & Rip-Offs September 19th, 2023
Getting spam text messages on your cell phone can be more than annoying. They can rob you of your hard-earned…
scam text message
Why You Should Never Click on Random Text Messages Scams & Rip-Offs August 30th, 2023
Have you ever received a random text message with a link in it? If the sender is unknown, money expert…
online scam
How To Spot a Fake Online Store in 6 Easy Steps Scams & Rip-Offs August 23rd, 2023
Online shopping provides us with one of the most convenient ways to buy the things we want and need, but…
funeral home phone scam
Alert: Funeral Home Scam Targets Grieving Families Scams & Rip-Offs August 22nd, 2023
Money expert Clark Howard is warning consumers about a dastardly scam that targets people at their most vulnerable: when they’re…
How to spot financial abuse of an elderly relative or friend
How To Spot Financial Abuse of an Elderly Relative or Friend Scams & Rip-Offs June 15th, 2023
Using a variety of ruses and common scams, criminals are steadily trying to trick America’s oldest citizens out of their…
Fake PayPal invoice scam
Scam Alert: Watch Out for Fake PayPal Invoices Scams & Rip-Offs April 18th, 2023
There’s a scam going around involving one of the most popular payment apps – PayPal. It arrives in your email…
Fraud alert
How To Find the Biggest Scams in Your Area Scams & Rip-Offs April 6th, 2023
Falling victim to a common scam can rob you of a sense of peace as well as your money. Fortunately,…
top scams
Most Common Financial Scams and How To Avoid Them Scams & Rip-Offs March 17th, 2023
Swindlers and scam artists have been busy over the past 12 months trying to separate as many people from their…
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What Do I Do If Someone Stole My Social Security Number To Get a Job? Scams & Rip-Offs February 27th, 2023
Data breaches are unfortunately a common part of our modern digital life. However, Hackers grabbing one of your old passwords…
How to stop and report spam emails.
How To Stop and Report Spam Emails Scams & Rip-Offs February 16th, 2023
When you get a random spam email, perhaps the first thing you ask yourself is “how do spammers get my…
spam call on phone
Here’s Clark’s #1 Rule for Avoiding Phone Scams Scams & Rip-Offs February 8th, 2023
Phone scams not only needlessly take up your time, but they can take your hard-earned money as well. According to…
Warning: How to Avoid Romance Scams
Warning: How To Avoid Romance Scams Scams & Rip-Offs February 2nd, 2023
Romance scams are one of the most common schemes that criminals use to prey upon unsuspecting people. Not only are…
common IRS phone scams
6 Common Phone Scams and How To Recognize Them Scams & Rip-Offs February 1st, 2023
Scam calls continue to be a major problem in the United States. According to a report by spam fighting technology…
puppy sale
How To Spot a Puppy Scam Online Scams & Rip-Offs December 13th, 2022
Scammers often use the holiday season to prey upon the hearts of prospective puppy owners looking for a furry friend.…
OfferUp scams-What you need to know about OfferUp scams
OfferUp Scams: Everything You Need To Know Scams & Rip-Offs December 2nd, 2022
With inflation hitting everyone’s wallet, it's not surprising if you're seeking ways to stretch your budget. Extra income doesn’t need…
Facebook Marketplace Scams: Everything You Need to Know
Facebook Marketplace Scams: Everything You Need to Know Scams & Rip-Offs November 23rd, 2022
Facebook Marketplace can be a great place to sell unwanted items without all the haggling you often have to endure…
Do Not Give Your Social Security Number at These Places
Do Not Give Your Social Security Number at These Places Protect Your Rights & Identity November 11th, 2022
When should you give your Social Security number and when should you not? Giving out your Social Security number is…
gift card scams
How To Spot and Avoid Gift Card Scams Scams & Rip-Offs November 8th, 2022
‘Tis the season for gift cards. With the holidays approaching, it's a good time to be on the watch for…
letters in mailbox
Should I Be Concerned That I’m Receiving Mail at My Home With Someone Else’s Name? Scams & Rip-Offs October 21st, 2022
Going to the mailbox can be a rewarding experience if you’re getting checks or cards and letters from friends. But…
Magnifying glass inspecting phone
12 Dangerous Scam Phone Numbers and Area Codes To Avoid Scams & Rip-Offs October 13th, 2022
How many times have you heard the phone ring but didn't want to pick it up because it could be…