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Money & Banking Scams

Wells Fargo
Bank at Wells Fargo? You may be entitled to some cash… Banks & Banking June 13, 2018
If you believe that Wells Fargo opened a fraudulent account in your name, you have until July 7, 2018, to…
Freedom Checks
Are ‘Freedom Checks’ a scam?: Clark Howard’s take Scams & Rip-Offs May 16, 2018
I get a steady barrage of questions about "Freedom Checks," where someone is promising you enormous amounts of money — potentially…
Want free ATM withdrawals? Here are 5 ways to beat those pesky fees
Want free ATM withdrawals? Here are 5 ways to beat those pesky fees ATM May 11, 2018
Looking for free ATM withdrawals near you? We've got five suggestions for you! RELATED: New ATM warning — Watch out for…
Criminal with stolen phone
Warning: Scam gives criminals complete control of your online accounts Money & Banking Scams April 18, 2018
As phone scams keep evolving, criminals are beginning to realize they can exploit two-factor authentication to take control of accounts…
Wells Fargo
Report: Wells Fargo facing new action over alleged auto insurance abuses Insurance March 15, 2018
In what seems to be a never-ending saga of customer abuse, here's the latest chapter for Wells Fargo... The embattled…
Fraud alert: Scammers seek iTunes gift cards for ‘back taxes’
Fraud alert: Scammers seek iTunes gift cards for ‘back taxes’ Taxes March 6, 2018
As tax season rages on, so too do the scams associated with paying your taxes. Particularly hot right now are…
Received a bogus tax refund check? How to safely return it to the IRS
Received a bogus tax refund check? How to safely return it to the IRS Taxes February 27, 2018
The IRS has a new warning about fake tax refunds being deposited into the bank accounts of taxpayers. Most of…
Aldi skimmer
Warning: Criminal ring outfitting Aldi supermarkets with card skimmers Scams & Rip-Offs February 8, 2018
You're probably familiar with skimmers on ATMs and how they can be used to steal money out of your checking…
A keyboard attached to the ATM port. Image: FireEye
Hitting the ‘jackpot’: New crimes cause ATMs to gush cash Money & Banking Scams January 29, 2018
It's every crook's dream — an ATM that spits out cash like a geyser erupting and doesn't stop until the…
Here’s the most important thing you can do to avoid becoming a tax fraud victim
Here’s the most important thing you can do to avoid becoming a tax fraud victim Income Taxes January 25, 2018
Thinking about putting off filing your taxes for several more weeks? There's a compelling reason why you might not want…
IRS scam
Alert: W-2 scams are back for 2018 — here’s what you need to know Taxes January 22, 2018
If you work in payroll or human resources and you get an email from your boss with a friendly "Hi,…
5 ways Wells Fargo ripped people off in 2017
5 ways Wells Fargo ripped people off in 2017 Banks & Banking December 1, 2017
Big banks. Two words that make consumer expert Clark Howard's skin crawl! And no "giant monster mega-bank" — as Clark…
Scam alert: Fake email from your bank could rob you blind
Scam alert: Fake email from your bank could rob you blind Mobile & Electronics October 22, 2017
A new email purporting to be from Bank of America claims that your online ID is about to be terminated…
How to put a credit freeze in place for your child
How to put a credit freeze in place for your child Money & Credit October 4, 2017
Are you worried that your child may be a victim of identity theft due to the Equifax data breach? Here's…
Protect your checking account | 10 tips to manage financial risks you may not even know about
Protect your checking account | 10 tips to manage financial risks you may not even know about Money & Credit September 20, 2017
Want lower fees, higher returns, more convenience and better customer service from your bank? Join our #SwitchDitchSave movement to make…
Beware of pump and dump stock scams that will leave you broke
Beware of pump and dump stock scams that will leave you broke Scams & Rip-Offs May 11, 2017
More scams to watch out for: The simplest, most effective way to prevent debit fraud Top 10 financial scams targeting…
Warning: Don’t fall for this fake Walmart gift card scam!
Warning: Don’t fall for this fake Walmart gift card scam! Scams & Rip-Offs March 23, 2017
You probably get promotional offers inthe mail all the time -- from various retailers, stores, restaurants and other companies --…
Busted: Money mule for fake IRS phone scammers in India faces FTC heat
Busted: Money mule for fake IRS phone scammers in India faces FTC heat Scams & Rip-Offs February 16, 2017
Finally! A Florida-based man who worked overtime with overseas scammers to get your money is getting what he deserves... Read…
How to prevent credit card fraud from happening to you
How to prevent credit card fraud from happening to you Credit & Debit Cards February 1, 2017
We have new security features on our credit cards, but are they actually working? And what can we do to…
Warning: This is not the utility company calling you!
Warning: This is not the utility company calling you! Scams & Rip-Offs January 24, 2017
A financially devastating utility scam that Clark warned you about a couple of years ago is back this winter --and…
Top 10 scams coming after your money!
Top 10 scams coming after your money! Scams & Rip-Offs January 12, 2017
Scammers are always out to steal your personal information and money -- and 2016 was no exception. Recently, the Better…
Woman loses $2,900 by cardless transaction fraud at Chase ATM
Woman loses $2,900 by cardless transaction fraud at Chase ATM Money & Credit January 9, 2017
Using your mobile phone to withdraw money at an ATM instead of a traditional card can carry with it some…
ATM malware warning: New threat can empty the machine of cash
ATM malware warning: New threat can empty the machine of cash Scams & Rip-Offs December 21, 2016
There's a new threat at the ATM this Christmas and it has nothing to do with skimming devices! Read more:…
Online banking scam: This alert looks legit, but it’s malware that will steal your info!
Online banking scam: This alert looks legit, but it’s malware that will steal your info! Mobile & Electronics December 20, 2016
A new variant of Android malware that threatens your mobile banking safety is evolving and posing a threat, according to…
Was Wells Fargo in cahoots with Prudential Insurance to open bogus life insurance policies?
Was Wells Fargo in cahoots with Prudential Insurance to open bogus life insurance policies? Insurance December 12, 2016
Wells Fargo has had one heck of a year. From the revelation that bank employees were opening up phantom accounts…
IRS phone scammers busted after stealing over $300 million
IRS phone scammers busted after stealing over $300 million Scams & Rip-Offs October 29, 2016
The IRS phone scamis basically the bestgift that keeps on giving for criminals -- as more and more Americans are…
Track your mortgage with these free tools
Track your mortgage with these free tools Homes & Real Estate October 21, 2016
Years ago when Clark had his first home, he tells the story of how the mortgage was sold off by…
Wells Fargo loses Better Business Bureau accreditation
Wells Fargo loses Better Business Bureau accreditation Scams & Rip-Offs October 19, 2016
Wells Fargo has lost accreditation by theBetter Business Bureau. The company admitted last month that employees opened unauthorized accounts in…
ATMs try to fight back against skimming
ATMs try to fight back against skimming Money & Credit October 17, 2016
ATM operators that don't accept chip card technology will soon be responsible for any fraud costs should customers fall victim…
How to spot a debt collection scam
How to spot a debt collection scam Scams & Rip-Offs October 13, 2016
If you’re getting threatening phone calls about a debt, even if it’s one you recognize, you might be the target…
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