Scams & Rip-Offs

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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…
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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…
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.…
Scam alert: Why you should be very wary of letting a stranger borrow your phone
Scam alert: Why you should be very wary of letting a stranger borrow your phone Scams & Rip-Offs October 5, 2018
In this plugged-in digital age, most of us carry mobile phones. But things happen. People leave their phones at home,…
fake social media accounts - Celebrity impostor scams: How to protect yourself on social media
Celebrity impostor scams: How to protect yourself on social media Scams & Rip-Offs September 27, 2018
The explosion of social media has resulted in unprecedented access between fans and celebrities. It has become increasingly common for big-time…
Phone scam - Social Security scam targets these 10 cities and area codes
6 common phone scams and how to recognize them Scams & Rip-Offs September 26, 2018
A recent report says that by 2019, nearly half of all cell phone calls will be scam calls. That shocking…
Want to work from home? Here's how to spot a virtual assistant scam
Looking to work from home? Beware this virtual assistant job scam Scams & Rip-Offs September 20, 2018
With the economy thriving, many employers are making concerted efforts to hire more people. As fruitful as these times are…
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 September 19, 2018
With the midterm elections right around the corner on November 6, Americans are getting more and more political-related phone calls…
How to stop those annoying 'Congratulations' gift card ads
How to stop those annoying ‘Congratulations’ pages on your phone’s browser Mobile & Electronics September 14, 2018
Perhaps you're familiar with this scenario: You visit a website on your mobile device, sometimes one you've never been to…
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Warning: Phone scammers promising Costco members travel vouchers, cash cards Scams & Rip-Offs September 12, 2018
Phone scammers are calling Costco members with the promise of free travel vouchers, cash cards or reduced-price vacations in exchange…
Delta Air Lines web site - Phishing scam promises free airline tickets
Scam alert: New phishing scheme promises free airline tickets Scams & Rip-Offs September 4, 2018
If you receive an email saying that you've won free airline tickets, don't fall for it. It's likely an elaborate…
Consumer warning: This letter looks just like a bill — but it’s not
Consumer warning: This letter looks just like a bill — but it’s not Scams & Rip-Offs August 30, 2018
You know the routine: You trudge to the mailbox and retrieve the mail after a long day at work. As…
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The #1 way to protect yourself from skimmers if you pay debit at the gas station Scams & Rip-Offs August 24, 2018
Paying with a debit card at the gas pump is an inherently dangerous act because of skimmers that can capture…
Scam alert: Don’t fall for this ad masquerading as a bill!
Scam alert: Don’t fall for this ad masquerading as a bill! Scams & Rip-Offs August 3, 2018
Here's a warning for all of us who sometimes, in the chaos of the day-to-day, don't read our mail as…
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How to add a PIN to your smartphone account to prevent SIM hijacking Scams & Rip-Offs July 18, 2018
Think two-factor authentication for your financial accounts and a passcode on your phone protects you from hackers? Think again... RELATED: 5…
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Scam alert: Phony letter threatens to reveal extramarital affair Scams & Rip-Offs July 18, 2018
Criminals are trying to wreck your home life as well as your bank account with a new wrinkle on a…
Scam alert: Password hacking victims are getting sextortion emails
Scam alert: Password hacking victims are getting sextortion emails Scams & Rip-Offs July 17, 2018
A new twist on an old email scam is ensnaring people anew. The latest variation was reported by cybersecurity blogger Brian…
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Why you should avoid third-party auto warranties and vehicle service contracts Cars July 16, 2018
Have you received an official looking letter in the mail saying your vehicle's warranty is about to expire — and…
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FDA: Fake warning letters plaguing illegal online pharmacy customers Scams & Rip-Offs July 13, 2018
Tempted to buy medications online or over the phone from unknown pharmacies advertising ridiculously low prices? Here's a good reason…
Scam alert: Kroger is warning customers about fake coupons
Scam alert: Kroger is warning customers about fake coupons News July 10, 2018
If you shop at Kroger, the supermarket chain has a warning about coupons you may have seen on social media…
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Job scams: How to recognize and avoid them Jobs July 10, 2018
With the dramatic changes in the employment landscape in recent years, more people are looking for real work-from-home jobs and…
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 Money & Credit July 6, 2018
Looking for free ATM withdrawals near you? We've got five suggestions for you! RELATED: New ATM warning — Watch out for…
Verified calls: How AT&T, Comcast plan to tackle robocalls
Warning: These 20 area codes are the most likely to receive robocalls News July 5, 2018
Are you getting bombarded with robocalls? YouMail, a free service to stop robocalls, scammers and telemarketers, reports that 4.1 billion…
Cell phone fraud warning: How to avoid becoming a victim
Cell phone fraud warning: How to avoid becoming a victim Protect Your Identity June 18, 2018
It's safe to say that cell phones have become must-have gadgets for most of us these days. Because criminals know…