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Scam Alert: Think Twice Before Scanning QR Codes
Scam Alert: Think Twice Before Scanning QR Codes Scams & Rip-Offs July 21, 2022
Quick Response codes (QR codes) are all around us. From restaurant menus to advertisements to sporting events, codes are a…
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Why You Should Never Mail a Check Scams & Rip-Offs June 3, 2022
If you still mail checks to pay for your bills and other things, money expert Clark Howard has a warning…
How To Avoid a Tricky New Home Energy Audit Scam
How To Avoid a Tricky New Home Energy Audit Scam Scams & Rip-Offs May 13, 2022
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns that a new scam uses homeowners' energy bills to target them, and falling for…
Spam text message smishing attack
Warning: Did You Get a Spam Text From Your Own Phone Number? Scams & Rip-Offs April 13, 2022
In a relatively new twist on an old scam, some cell phone users are reportedly getting spam text messages from…
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The One Time Clark Howard Got Ripped Off Scams & Rip-Offs February 8, 2022
Saving money is a way of life for money expert Clark Howard, and that’s why he spends so much time…
How To Avoid Common Social Security Scams
How To Avoid Common Social Security Scams Scams & Rip-Offs January 11, 2022
Social Security scams are a major issue and can be extremely dangerous for your wallet. How common is it? AARP…
Medicare scam
Watch Out for Medicare Scams Right Now Scams & Rip-Offs December 1, 2021
With this time of year being open enrollment for Medicare, it's a good time to remember that crooks are using…
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New Report: The Top 5 Spam Text Messages in America Scams & Rip-Offs October 11, 2021
If you’re like me, spam text messages have become a major annoyance in your life. According to one report, the…
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Report: These 9 Scams Are Costing Seniors Millions Scams & Rip-Offs October 7, 2021
The elderly lost more than $600 million to scams last year, according to figures from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).…
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New Report: The #1 Phone Scam in America Scams & Rip-Offs September 28, 2021
Scammers continue to try to ensnare Americans via phone calls, according to a recent report. Anti-spam callwebsite Robokiller.com’s 2021 Phone…
Ask Clark money column
I Recently Took a $25 Webinar That Turned Into a $5,000 Sales Pitch. How Do I Know if It’s a Scam? Scams & Rip-Offs July 7, 2021
Welcome to Ask Clark, a column designed to answer your financial questions, bymoney expert Clark Howard. A $25 Webinar on…
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Clark Howard’s #1 Rule To Avoid Email Scams Scams & Rip-Offs April 20, 2021
The majority of Americans have an email address, and billions of emails are sent and received every day around the…
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Should We Buy a Truck With eBay Gift Cards? Or Is This a Scam? Scams & Rip-Offs January 27, 2021
Welcome to Ask Clark, a column designed to answer your financial questions, by money expert Clark Howard. We Saw a…
Scam Alert: Don’t Fall for This Fake Package Delivery Text
Scam Alert: Don’t Fall for This Fake Package Delivery Text Scams & Rip-Offs December 15, 2020
If you're among the millions of online shoppers waiting for packages to be delivered to your door this holiday season,…
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Report: Top 5 Email Scam Subject Lines Right Now Scams & Rip-Offs October 19, 2020
Have you ever looked at the subject line on an email you received and recognized immediately that the message was…
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Warning: Watch Out for This Bill Scam Scams & Rip-Offs August 20, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has many people worried about their finances and trying to hang onto every penny. Money expert Clark…
Area Codes IRS Scam Calls
Scam Alert: Beware of Phone Calls From These Area Codes Scams & Rip-Offs August 11, 2020
IRS scammers are up to their old tricks again! One of the most common phone scams every year happens when…
3 Warning Signs of a Telemedicine Scam
3 Warning Signs of a Telemedicine Scam Scams & Rip-Offs August 5, 2020
The use of elemedicine has exploded this year. But so have telemedicine scams. To keep your wallet in good health,…
Scam Alert: How to Avoid Fake Coronavirus Tests
Warning: Scam Targets People Trying to Get COVID-19 Tests Scams & Rip-Offs May 21, 2020
If you’re one of the many people trying to get a COVID-19 test due to the coronavirus pandemic, the first…
Coronavirus Scams: How to Protect Yourself
Coronavirus Scams: How to Protect Yourself Scams & Rip-Offs March 16, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic isn't just creating anxiety across the nation and much of the world, but also new opportunities for…
Scam Alert: Why You Should Never Abbreviate 2020
Scam Alert: Why You Should Never Abbreviate 2020 Scams & Rip-Offs January 6, 2020
It may be a new year, but criminals are up to their old tricks in new ways — and one…
Gift Cards on Rack
How To Spot and Avoid Gift Card Scams Scams & Rip-Offs December 4, 2019
Gift card scams can do serious damage to your wallet. A study from the Better Business Bureau says that losses…
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Don’t Make This Big Mistake When You Renew Your Driver’s License Scams & Rip-Offs October 9, 2019
Renewing your driver's license used to be kind of a pain. It almost always involved a trip to the DMV…
Watch out for this Medicare phone scam
Warning: Watch out for this new Medicare phone scam Scams & Rip-Offs August 29, 2019
Older Americans are being targeted by scam callers that ask for the personal information found on Medicare cards, a government…
Using a voice assistant to make calls? Here's how not to get scammed
Using a voice assistant to make calls? Here’s how not to get scammed Scams & Rip-Offs August 22, 2019
The Better Business Bureau is warning that voice search scams are on the rise as criminals have found a way…
Fake scam websites: How to avoid
Warning: Beware of fake airline sites when booking travel Scams & Rip-Offs August 15, 2019
The hurry associated with booking an airline ticket can have disastrous results if you're not careful. That's because fake airline…
Approached by a parking lot repairman? How to avoid dent repair scams - Dent repair scam how to avoid
Warning: Scammers are targeting people in parking lots Scams & Rip-Offs August 12, 2019
An old scam is back on the streets and people are still falling for it. The dent repair scam works…
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How To Spot a Fake Online Store in 6 Easy Steps Scams & Rip-Offs July 25, 2019
Fake online stores are one of the banes of the web. If you're not careful, these sites can easily rip…
Worst area codes for spam calls: Report
The 10 worst area codes for spam calls: Is yours on the list? Scams & Rip-Offs June 26, 2019
Are you getting bombarded with spam calls on your cell phone? You're not alone. A new report from call blocker…
Google calendar phishing scam: How to avoid it
Avoid Google Calendar phishing scams with these 4 steps Scams & Rip-Offs June 18, 2019
A new scam targeting people who use Google Calendar makes them vulnerable to phishing attacks. Criminals have figured out a…