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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…
third party auto warranty
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…
online pharmacy
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…
Kroger storefront
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…
work from home jobs in newspaper
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…
‘Mail fishing’ is getting more popular  —  here’s how to protect yourself
‘Mail fishing’ is getting more popular — here’s how to protect yourself Scams & Rip-Offs June 15, 2018
You can always trust the scammers to come up with new and creative ways to separate us from our money.…
Student loans
Student loan scam warning: A cautionary tale Scams & Rip-Offs June 14, 2018
Around graduation time, young people headed to college are full of optimism and stoked about what the future may hold.…
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…
Neighbor Scam: 10 area codes most likely to be targeted
Neighbor Scam: 10 area codes most likely to be targeted News May 24, 2018
If your phone rings and it looks like a local call, is it safe to answer it? Not so fast!…
Warning: The IRS phone scam is back and more sophisticated than ever
Warning: The IRS phone scam is back and more sophisticated than ever Scams & Rip-Offs May 22, 2018
A member of Team Clark got a text from a friend of hers recently telling her about four phone calls…
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…
Air Duct Cleaning: What Should it Cost and Do You Need It?
Air Duct Cleaning: What Should it Cost and Do You Need It? Homes & Real Estate May 16, 2018
If it's been a while since your last air duct cleaning, you're probably tempted to make that call and get…
New ATM warning: Watch out for pinhole cameras
New ATM warning: Watch out for pinhole cameras Scams & Rip-Offs May 10, 2018
Thieves are getting more and more ingenious in their schemes to steal your money at automatic teller machines. If you…
Scam alert: The new way thieves are stealing credit card info
Scam alert: The new way thieves are stealing credit card info News May 8, 2018
Criminals have come up with a new way to steal your payment information when you use a chip credit card,…
Get a call from a Dish Network telemarketer? You could be owed up to $1,200!
Get a call from a Dish Network telemarketer? You could be owed up to $1,200! News May 7, 2018
Telemarketers can be annoying, but a particular call you may have received years ago from staffers representing Dish Network may…
Bought Procter & Gamble’s Align probiotic? You could be owed some money
Bought Procter & Gamble’s Align probiotic? You could be owed some money News May 4, 2018
Procter & Gamble recently reached a settlement in a class action lawsuit involving the marketing and advertising of its probiotic…
Portrait of Middle-Aged Meter Reader
Have solicitors asking about your electric bill? Here’s what you need to know Scams & Rip-Offs May 2, 2018
Some scams have a way of popping out of the woodwork from time to time and then going underground before…
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Why you should ignore that Facebook cell phone ‘Do Not Call’ list warning Scams & Rip-Offs May 1, 2018
If the Facebook data scandal has taught us anything, it's that we also need to be vigilant about how social…
Elderly woman on Facebook
Please warn your friends and family not to fall for this Facebook lottery scam Scams & Rip-Offs April 27, 2018
Facebook has been raked over the coals lately ' and rightly so ' for allowing third-party apps to trick users…
Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo slammed with $1 billion in fines for mortgage, auto loan abuses Scams & Rip-Offs April 20, 2018
Wells Fargo has been hit with $1 billion in fines due to a number of unsavory banking practices, like charging…
Criminal with stolen phone
Warning: Scam gives criminals complete control of your online accounts News April 18, 2018
As phone scams keep evolving, criminals are beginning to realize they can exploit two-factor authentication to take control of accounts…
UPS and FedEx trucks
UPS and FedEx warning: Beware of deliveries you didn’t order Scams & Rip-Offs March 27, 2018
UPS and FedEx are contending with a new wrinkle in package scams that involves fraudulently ordered electronics being returned to…
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 22, 2018
IRS scammers are up to their old tricks again! One of the most common phone scams every year happens when…
If you bought a Snuggie, you may have some money coming your way
If you bought a Snuggie, you may have some money coming your way Scams & Rip-Offs March 15, 2018
Few things feel as warm and comforting as a Snuggie, the body-length blanket made out of fleece or nylon —…
FBI warning: Online scam targets car buyers
FBI warning: Online scam targets car buyers Scams & Rip-Offs March 15, 2018
If you're shopping around for a new car, RV or boat, beware of criminals who are posting online ads for…
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…
4 steps to avoiding ‘flood cars’ in the marketplace
4 steps to avoiding ‘flood cars’ in the marketplace Cars March 5, 2018
Anytime after widespread flooding in the U.S. — like the kind you have right now in the Northeast — you have…