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Scams & Rip-Offs

How to protect yourself against 'virtual kidnappings'
How to protect yourself against the ‘virtual kidnapping’ scam Scams & Rip-Offs March 19, 2019
Although they've been around for years, "virtual kidnappings" are back with a vengeance and there are fresh alerts from law…
Should you trust Better Business Bureau ratings?
Should you trust Better Business Bureau ratings? Scams & Rip-Offs March 18, 2019
If you ever have a bad experience with a business or feel cheated by a company in some way, a…
New scam spoofs Homeland Security: Here's how to stop it
New scam alert: No, the Department of Homeland Security isn’t calling you Scams & Rip-Offs March 6, 2019
What would you do if the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) called you and started asking personal questions? Criminals…
More people are complaining about this scam than any other
This type of scam cost Americans half a BILLION dollars last year Scams & Rip-Offs March 1, 2019
Whether you're talking to someone on the phone, via email or on social media, it's getting harder and harder to…
Broken Heart On Dollar Bills
Avoid these romance and dating scams this Valentine’s Day Scams & Rip-Offs February 12, 2019
Valentine's Day may evoke thoughts of red roses, fine wine and perhaps a nice restaurant or surprise getaway, but there's…
Thinking of wrapping your car? Don't get scammed
Don’t fall for this car wrapping scam Scams & Rip-Offs January 24, 2019
One way to make extra money without a lot of effort is by wrapping you car with an advertisement. Companies…
Here's why you should never send cash in the mail
Reminder: Why sending cash through the mail is a bad idea Scams & Rip-Offs January 9, 2019
A government agency has a new warning about something we've probably all been told is a no-no at some point:…
Phone porting scam: How to protect yourself
Phone porting scam: How to protect yourself on different carriers Scams & Rip-Offs January 2, 2019
Thieves are increasingly stealing people's phone numbers in a new scheme known as "porting" or "port-out scamming." A phone porting…
Read this before you sign up for a 'risk-free' trial
Read this before you sign up for a ‘risk-free’ trial Scams & Rip-Offs December 26, 2018
Perhaps you've been there: You run across a new service and want to give it a try, but it costs…
Microsoft logo outside corporate building
Microsoft issues emergency security patch for Internet Explorer Protect Your Rights & Identity December 21, 2018
Microsoft has issued a series of emergency security patches for certain versions of Internet Explorer that criminals are actively exploiting…
Phone scam
Here’s Clark’s #1 rule for avoiding phone scams Scams & Rip-Offs December 21, 2018
Phone scams, which used to be limited solely to landlines or our "house phones," are now increasingly coming to our…
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How inventors can get patent help without getting scammed Scams & Rip-Offs December 18, 2018
If you're a would-be inventor, you've probably seen ads on TV promising patent help and offering to take your invention…
FedEx scam
Warning: Fake package-tracking email may have a nasty malware surprise Scams & Rip-Offs December 12, 2018
'Tis the season for online shopping, which means more people than usual are expecting packages in the mail leading up…
Sad grandparents
New warning: The ‘grandparents scam’ can drain seniors of thousands in cash Scams & Rip-Offs December 7, 2018
The so-called "grandparents scam" is an ugly crime that can bilk senior citizens out of thousands of their hard-earned dollars…
puppy for sale
Online puppy scams have cost people thousands — here’s how to spot them Scams & Rip-Offs December 6, 2018
Everyone loves a puppy! But if you're in the market for a new family member for the holidays, here's what…
Netflix spam
Free Netflix for a year? Don’t fall for this phishing scam using the movie service as bait Scams & Rip-Offs December 5, 2018
Netflix has become an everyday part of life for many of us, with its huge library of movies on demand…
How to tell if that Amazon.com email is legit
How to tell if that email you get from Amazon is legit or a phishing scam Protect Your Identity November 30, 2018
As the world's largest online retailer, Amazon.com sends untold numbers of emails to consumers on a daily basis. Many of…
‘Tis the time of year for ticket scams: 5 ways to spot the fakes
‘Tis the time of year for ticket scams: 5 ways to spot the fakes Scams & Rip-Offs November 29, 2018
You drive, Uber or take public transportation to the ballgame and present your coveted ticket to the front gate attendant…
Scam alert: The ‘Secret Sister’ gift exchange has popped up on Facebook again
Scam alert: The ‘Secret Sister’ gift exchange has popped up on Facebook again Scams & Rip-Offs November 13, 2018
When the end of the year rolls around, you can always count on three things: holiday music in the stores,…
gas station gas pump
New breed of card skimmers at gas stations pose high-tech threat Scams & Rip-Offs November 13, 2018
A virulent new breed of skimmers at gas station pumps are using cutting-edge technology to steal your money. That's prompted…
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Scam alert: Make sure you don’t fall for a fake insurance plan Scams & Rip-Offs November 7, 2018
A shady health insurance operation that allegedly raked in more than $100 million by selling bogus insurance plans has now…
Thieves are stealing frequent flyer miles — but here's how to protect yourself
How to keep your frequent flyer miles safe from thieves Protect Your Rights & Identity November 6, 2018
Criminals seem to know no bounds in trying to swindle unsuspecting victims. One scheme that seems to be increasing in…
employee reading email
Scam alert: Boss emailed asking you to buy gift cards for clients? Be careful! Scams & Rip-Offs November 5, 2018
We all know the holidays are a time to be generous and give to others. But if your boss emails…
What to do if you mistakenly give a criminal your gift card PIN
What to do if you mistakenly give a criminal your gift card PIN Scams & Rip-Offs October 31, 2018
Gift cards are popular around the holidays, but they're being used as more than just gifts by criminals: They're being…
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Warning: Don’t fall for this new Social Security phone scam Scams & Rip-Offs October 23, 2018
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a warning about a new scam involving a number showing up on your caller…
Being asked to pay for your Roku setup? It's a scam!
Being asked to pay for your Roku device setup? It’s a scam!!! Mobile & Electronics October 17, 2018
So you've purchased a Roku device and can't wait to watch all the TV shows, movies and other content you…
Scam alert: Do not apply for this fake Amazon work-from-home job
Scam alert: Do not apply for this fake Amazon work-from-home job News October 15, 2018
We have an update to a phone scam that's been using Amazon's name to target people interested in stay-at-home jobs.…
Jamaican lottery scam: How lucrative promises can ensnare the elderly
Jamaican lottery scam: How lucrative promises can ensnare the elderly Scams & Rip-Offs October 12, 2018
Elderly Americans are increasingly falling victim to a scam so pervasive that U.S. government officials have had trouble stopping it.…
Hackers accessing Apple IDs to steal money from iPhone users
Hackers in China accessing Apple IDs to steal money from iPhone users Protect Your Rights & Identity October 12, 2018
In an increasingly sophisticated scheme, hackers are stealing Apple IDs and siphoning big money from iPhone users. The scam works…
Hotel phone scam targets guest with calls from fake 'manager'
Scam alert: Hotel guests getting calls from fake ‘managers’ Scams & Rip-Offs October 12, 2018
New reports of an old hotel phone scam targeting guests and their wallets are popping up with greater frequency these days.…
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