Latest Scams & Rip-Offs

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How To Spot a Puppy Scam Online Scams & Rip-Offs December 8th, 2022
Scammers will no doubt use this holiday season to prey upon the big hearts of prospective puppy owners looking for…
email phishing
Report: Top 5 Email Scam Subject Lines Right Now Scams & Rip-Offs December 3rd, 2022
Like money expert Clark Howard, you may be a strong advocate of online safety, but even with the best safeguards,…
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…
post office mailbox
Why You Should Never Mail a Check Scams & Rip-Offs November 22nd, 2022
If you're still mailing checks to pay your bills, money expert Clark Howard wants to caution you about a scam…
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…
Medicare scam
Watch Out for Medicare Scams Right Now Scams & Rip-Offs November 11th, 2022
With Medicare’s open enrollment period currently active and running until December 7, 2022, it’s a good time to be reminded…
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…
12 Common Amazon Scams To Avoid
12 Common Amazon Scams To Avoid Scams & Rip-Offs October 14th, 2022
Amazon can be a convenient way to shop, but it can be an increasingly risky proposition. According to a report…
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…
Robocall phone
New Report: The #1 Phone Scam in America Scams & Rip-Offs October 7th, 2022
Phone scams are increasingly out of control. That’s the word from a recent report from anti-spam call website RoboKiller.com. The…
Fraud alert
How To Find the Biggest Scams in Your Area Scams & Rip-Offs September 23rd, 2022
Scammers are doing all they can to separate you from your money. Fortunately, there’s something you can do to educate…
online scam
How To Spot a Fake Online Store in 6 Easy Steps Scams & Rip-Offs September 22nd, 2022
Shopping on the web is a convenient way to buy things, but you have to watch out for fake online…
4 Common Scams on Cash App, Venmo and Zelle (and How To Avoid Them!)
4 Common Scams on Cash App, Venmo and Zelle (and How To Avoid Them!) Scams & Rip-Offs September 20th, 2022
Peer-to-peer (P2P) payment sites let you transfer money from your bank account or credit card account to someone else using…
random text messages
Why You Should Never Click on Random Text Messages Scams & Rip-Offs August 31st, 2022
Receiving a random text message with a link may stoke your curiosity, but if you click on it, it just…
Scam Alert: Think Twice Before Scanning QR Codes
Scam Alert: Think Twice Before Scanning QR Codes Scams & Rip-Offs July 21st, 2022
Quick Response codes (QR codes) are all around us. From restaurant menus to advertisements to sporting events, codes are a…
Political scam alert: Do not answer phone calls from these 10 area codes!
Political scam alert: Do not answer phone calls from these 10 area codes! Scams & Rip-Offs June 1st, 2022
With the midterm elections right around the corner on November 6, Americans are getting more and more political-related phone calls…
How To Avoid a Tricky New Home Energy Audit Scam
How To Avoid a Tricky New Home Energy Audit Scam Scams & Rip-Offs May 13th, 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 13th, 2022
In a relatively new twist on an old scam, some cell phone users are reportedly getting spam text messages from…
spam text messages
New Report: The Top 5 Spam Text Messages in America Scams & Rip-Offs February 17th, 2022
If you’re like me, spam text messages have become a major annoyance in your life. According to one report, the…
Landline phone
The One Time Clark Howard Got Ripped Off Scams & Rip-Offs February 8th, 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 11th, 2022
Social Security scams are a major issue and can be extremely dangerous for your wallet. How common is it? AARP…
common phone scams
6 Common Phone Scams and How To Recognize Them Scams & Rip-Offs November 2nd, 2021
Criminals are constantly looking for new ways to steal your money and sensitive information. One device they use with great…
senior scams
Report: These 9 Scams Are Costing Seniors Millions Scams & Rip-Offs October 7th, 2021
The elderly lost more than $600 million to scams last year, according to figures from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).…
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 7th, 2021
Welcome to Ask Clark, a column designed to answer your financial questions, bymoney expert Clark Howard. A $25 Webinar on…
email scams
Clark Howard’s #1 Rule To Avoid Email Scams Scams & Rip-Offs April 20th, 2021
The majority of Americans have an email address, and billions of emails are sent and received every day around the…
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 March 16th, 2021
Each year, many senior citizens fall victim to financial abuse, which can take the form of credit card schemes, fake…
Ask Clark money column from Clark Howard
Should We Buy a Truck With eBay Gift Cards? Or Is This a Scam? Scams & Rip-Offs January 27th, 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 15th, 2020
If you're among the millions of online shoppers waiting for packages to be delivered to your door this holiday season,…