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Sneaky New Debit Card and Phishing Tricks

Snippets issue highlights latest debit card and malware scams: Internet Scambusters #649 Two new scams involving prepaid debit cards head up our Snippets issue this week. In one trick, crooks manipulate search engine listings so their phony sites end up at the top, and in the other, they’re sending out cards to unsuspecting victims so […]

10 Most Common Social Security Scams

New wave of scams adds to Social Security hazards: Internet Scambusters #648 Scammers come up with all sorts of excuses and explanations when they set out to steal your Social Security number — or even your benefit payments. This week, we’ve added a couple of new variations to our list of scam tactics and rolled […]

5 Biggest Dental Fraud Scams

How to avoid dental fraud risks: Internet Scambusters #647 Sitting in the dentist’s chair can be scary enough without also worrying that you’re being taken for a dental fraud ride. Although most dentists are ethical and honest, a few are ripping off their patients and insurance companies to the tune of thousands of dollars. In […]

Regrooving & Counterfeit Scams Threaten Tire Safety

Tire safety imperiled by use of fakes and regrooving process: Internet Scambusters #646 We’d all like to say that we put tire safety at the top of our priorities when we’re shopping for replacements. Yet it’s easy to be tempted by a bargain, especially when the tires look in good condition or appear to have […]

New Twists to Debt Collection, Parking Lot and Lottery Scams

Taxis collect lottery scam victims, crooks collect on phony debts, and parking lot tricksters take your money and run: Internet Scambusters #645 Taxis being used to ferry lottery scam victims to the bank, bogus suppliers demanding instant payments, and the latest breed of parking lot crooks — we’ve got them all in this week’s Scambusters […]

Macros: What They Are and How They Could Imperil You

How crooks abuse timesaving macros to infect computers: Internet Scambusters #644 Although they sound a bit technical, macros are actually just mini-programs that usually run inside other software to automate and speed up repetitive tasks. That may be a good thing if they’re used properly, but crooks are increasingly burying malicious macros inside email attachments. […]

Foreign Currency Rip-off at Airport ATMs

Are you paying too much for foreign currency at the airport?: Internet Scambusters #643 When you use an airport ATM for your foreign currency, you may get ripped off on the exchange rate. Even when you’re offered a “no commission” deal, you may still pay through the nose, as we explain in this week’s issue […]

Urban Legends from Nebraska, Nevada and New Hampshire

Do grains of truth lurk behind some urban legends?: Internet Scambusters #642 Half-truths and enduring mysteries feature in the latest installment of our alphabetical, state-by-state tour of urban legends. Did Warren Buffett propose new government legislation? Is there really an ancient “Stonehenge” in the US? And did a shoeless vagrant gamble his Social Security check […]

Check Cashing, Tire Slashing and Extortion Scams

Snippets issue features latest check cashing con trick, plus auto-related scams: Internet Scambusters #641 Crooks have hit on the use of smartphones to help them with their check cashing and advance fee scams. We’ll tell you how the trick works in this week’s Snippets issue, along with news about parking lot tire slashers and a […]

Are You “Signing” Up for a Home Security Scam?

How home security system tricksters talk their way into your home: Internet Scambusters #640 The very thing you use to warn would-be crooks that you have home security installed could actually make you a potential target. Unscrupulous sales people are on the lookout for security company signs in front yards so they can claim to […]