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7 Top Identity Theft Tactics

How to avoid the most common identity theft scams: Internet Scambusters #736 Identity theft is costing millions of Americans billions of dollars every year. You can guard against many of the tricks they use if you know what to look out for. In our latest ID theft update, we’ll outline the most common tricks ID […]

Don’t Let Tax Theft Crooks Steal Your ID

New campaign highlights tax theft risks: Internet Scambusters #735 After labeling identity theft as the number one scam in our Top 10 just a few weeks ago, we’re putting one of the main reasons behind it in the spotlight this week — tax theft. As the tax season picks up pace, the IRS and the […]

Firms Charging for Free Replacement Social Security Cards

Snippets issue: Replacement Social Security cards, phishing tricks and a phony neighbor in need: Internet Scambusters #734 How much should you pay for a replacement Social Security card? Nothing; it’s free. But that doesn’t stop some websites offering to do it for $30, as we report in this week’s Snippets issue. We also have reports […]

5 Ways to Skip a Signup Trick

How signup tricksters catch their victims: Internet Scambusters #733 Simply answering “yes” in a telephone survey can be enough to catch you out with a signup trick. It’s just one of the ways the scammers, subscription websites and over-eager sales clerks get you to agree to store cards or subscriptions you don’t want. But we’ll […]

Chatbots Speed Up Tinder Dating Scams

Chatbot and verification scams target dating site users: Internet Scambusters #732 Chatbots — computer programs that simulate human conversation — are the latest scam recruits on dating site Tinder. In this week’s issue, we explain how to spot them and what to do if you fall victim. We also have news of a quick and […]

ID Thieves, Imposters and Malware Head our New Top Scams List

Internet of Things scales up our top scams table for both 2016 and 2017 Internet Scambusters #731 Identity theft, imposter con tricks, and a new wave of malware keep these three crimes in the first three slots of our annual top scams table. We’ve combined the latest research findings with reports from readers and other […]

5 Signs of a Student Loan Debt Relief Scam

Don’t pay — where to get free help with your student loan: Internet Scambusters #730 Thousands, perhaps millions, of people are in trouble making payments on and clearing their student loan debt. That makes them a sitting target for scammers who charge for debt relief support services that are free, or who sometimes just take […]

7 Warning Signs of an MLM Scam

How to steer clear of those multi-level marketing — MLM — tricksters: Internet Scambusters #729 MLM — multi-level marketing or network marketing — is one of those gray areas of business where it’s often difficult to tell the difference between legitimate programs and rip-offs. Lured by the money-making opportunity as well as the prospect of […]

How Malvertising Sneaks onto Your PC

How malvertising can infect your PC without a single click: Internet Scambusters #728 Legitimate online advertising networks — the setups that post display ads onto the web pages you visit — are being hoodwinked into distributing malvertising, or malicious advertisements. And the alarming news is that you don’t even need to click on one of […]

Snippets: Probate Court Scam, Bogus Delivery Alerts and Fake Piracy Fines

Scammers use probate court ruse to get into your home: Internet Scambusters #727 It’s a cunning trick: Scammers pretend to be from your county probate court and need to discuss your will so they can get into your home. Bogus delivery service notifications are also aimed at helping burglars into your property, as we explain […]