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Warning: This text message scam could steal your banking info Scams & Rip-Offs March 22nd, 2019
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning consumers about an ongoing text message scam that's fooling people into sharing their…
How to protect yourself against 'virtual kidnappings'
How to protect yourself against the ‘virtual kidnapping’ scam Scams & Rip-Offs March 19th, 2019
Although they've been around for years, "virtual kidnappings" are back with a vengeance and there are fresh alerts from law…
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 7th, 2019
What would you do if the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) called you and started asking personal questions? Criminals…
Warning: This Amazon Scam Is Coming After Your Money!
Warning: This Amazon Scam Is Coming After Your Money! Scams & Rip-Offs March 6th, 2019
Have you ever needed to contact Amazon's customer service department and searched Google for the phone number? That's how some…
Scam alert: Beware of phone calls from these 9 area codes
Scam alert: Beware of phone calls from these 9 area codes Scams & Rip-Offs March 6th, 2019
IRS scammers are up to their old tricks again! One of the most common phone scams every year happens when…
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 1st, 2019
Whether you're talking to someone on the phone, via email or on social media, it's getting harder and harder to…
Netflix phishing email scam: How to protect yourself
Warning: This Netflix email requesting your info is a scam Scams & Rip-Offs February 26th, 2019
While criminals are finding new ways to target consumers every day, there's one online scam that Team Clark sees popping up again…
Thinking of wrapping your car? Don't get scammed
Don’t fall for this car wrapping scam Scams & Rip-Offs January 18th, 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 9th, 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 2nd, 2019
Thieves are increasingly stealing people's phone numbers in a new scheme known as "porting" or "port-out scamming." A phone porting…
Phone scam - Social Security scam targets these 10 cities and area codes
Here’s Clark’s #1 rule for avoiding phone scams Scams & Rip-Offs December 23rd, 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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Microsoft issues emergency security patch for Internet Explorer Protect Your Rights & Identity December 21st, 2018
Microsoft has issued a series of emergency security patches for certain versions of Internet Explorer that criminals are actively exploiting…
FedEx scam
Warning: Fake package-tracking email may have a nasty malware surprise Scams & Rip-Offs December 12th, 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 7th, 2018
The so-called "grandparents scam" is an ugly crime that can bilk senior citizens out of thousands of their hard-earned dollars…
Netflix spam
Free Netflix for a year? Don’t fall for this phishing scam using the movie service as bait Scams & Rip-Offs December 5th, 2018
Netflix has become an everyday part of life for many of us, with its huge library of movies on demand…
What is caller ID spoofing and how do I protect myself from it?
What is caller ID spoofing and how do I protect myself from it? Scams & Rip-Offs December 4th, 2018
Do you know what caller ID spoofing is? It's a big problem with fraud rings these days. It's where the…
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 30th, 2018
As the world's largest online retailer, Amazon 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 29th, 2018
You drive, Uber or take public transportation to the ballgame and present your coveted ticket to the front gate attendant…
3 tips to get the most value out of gift cards
3 tips to get the most value out of gift cards Shopping & Retail November 13th, 2018
Gift cards are really popular this time of year. But when you buy one, I want to make sure you…
Hotel phone scam targets guest with calls from fake 'manager'
Scam alert: Hotel guests getting calls from fake ‘managers’ Scams & Rip-Offs October 24th, 2018
New reports of an old hotel phone scam targeting guests and their wallets are popping up with greater frequency these days.…
woman inserts SIM card into phone
How to add a PIN to your smartphone account to prevent SIM hijacking Scams & Rip-Offs October 19th, 2018
Think two-factor authentication for your financial accounts and a passcode on your phone protects you from hackers? Think again... RELATED: 5…
Student loan repayment scams: How to avoid getting ripped off!
Student loan repayment scams: How to avoid getting ripped off! Money & Credit October 1st, 2018
The U.S. Department of Education has issued a scam alert about some companies that promise to help lower monthly payments for…
New warning about buying cheap glasses online!
New warning about buying cheap glasses online! Scams & Rip-Offs September 25th, 2018
If you've followed money expert Clark Howard for a long time, you know that he's long recommended buying cheap glasses…
How to keep thieves from accessing your hotel room
This is all that a thief needs to access your hotel room… and it’s not your room key Scams & Rip-Offs September 13th, 2018
There's a new warning that all travelers need to know about. ABC News recently conducted an experiment to demonstrate how the…
Costco store
Warning: Phone scammers promising Costco members travel vouchers, cash cards Scams & Rip-Offs September 12th, 2018
Phone scammers are calling Costco members with the promise of free travel vouchers, cash cards or reduced-price vacations in exchange…
Cell phone fraud warning: How to avoid becoming a victim
Cell phone fraud warning: How to avoid becoming a victim Protect Your Identity September 11th, 2018
It's safe to say that cell phones have become must-have gadgets for most of us these days. Because criminals know…
Craigslist vacation rental scam
Craigslist vacation rental scam Scams & Rip-Offs August 8th, 2018
There's a fast-growing Craigslist vacation rental scam that you need to know about. It's now become commonplace when you're looking…
Beware of This Hot Vacation Rental Scam
Beware of This Hot Vacation Rental Scam Scams & Rip-Offs August 8th, 2018
Be careful the next time you go to book a vacation rental property from the owner. I've uncovered a fraud…
Scam alert: Password hacking victims are getting sextortion emails
Scam alert: Password hacking victims are getting sextortion emails Scams & Rip-Offs July 18th, 2018
A new twist on an old email scam is ensnaring people anew. The latest variation was reported by cybersecurity blogger Brian…
third party auto warranty
Why you should avoid third-party auto warranties and vehicle service contracts Cars July 16th, 2018
Have you received an official looking letter in the mail saying your vehicle's warranty is about to expire — and…