Advice:

What to Do if You Fell for a Tech Support Scam

10-point action plan for resolving fake tech support access to your PC: Internet Scambusters #710 Tech support scams affect 3.3 million people and cost $1.5 billion every year. So what do you do if you’re one of those unfortunate victims? We’ll give you a 10-point action plan in this week’s issue, along with information about […]

Alarming Rise in Payment Switch Scams

Payment switch crooks targeting individuals as well as businesses: Internet Scambusters #709 It’s easy to believe what seems to be an official request from your boss or contractor to make a payment switch to a different bank account. But it’s probably a scam — one that’s costing businesses billions of dollars. But crooks are also […]

Clever Dating Scam Kits Sold Online

Cybercriminals offer dating scam letters with guaranteed return: Internet Scambusters #708 Dating scam packages that include letter templates and call centers staffed by bogus lonely-hearts are being sold to con artists who are told they can clear $2,000 a week in ill-gotten gains. In this week’s issue we’ll explain how this scam operates and how […]

Travel Scammers Out in Force for Olympics Fans and Other Tourists

More travel scam tricks and tips to keep you safe: Internet Scambusters #707 In Part 2 of our roundup of 2016 travel scams, we have warnings for you about Olympic Games con tricks, planting of bullets and fake drugs in travelers’ baggage, and phony Cuban cigars. We’ll also explain why you should never just toss […]

New Travel Scams Set To Trick Unwary Tourists

Part 1 of our annual review of latest travel scams: Internet Scambusters #706 Every year we encounter a new crop of travel scams that threaten to trick unwary travelers abroad. We have four new tricks to tell you about in this issue, the first part of our annual review of tourist con tricks. Plus, we […]

New Rules Will Help You Spot Telesales Scam

FTC bans telesales scammers’ favorite payment tactics: Internet Scambusters #705 If a telesales rep convinces you to buy whatever he’s selling and to wire the payment, you know for sure it’s a scam. How? Because money wires and a couple of other payment methods have now been outlawed in the telesales market, as we explain […]

SIM Card, Precious Metals and Printer Security Alerts

Snippets issue highlights SIM card replacement trick and overpriced bullion sales: Internet Scambusters #704 Is someone else assuming your identity via a cell phone? They could be, if they had enough information to trick your service provider into issuing them with a replacement SIM card, as we explain in this week’s Snippets issue. We also […]

Latest Lottery Scam Tricks More Convincing Than Ever

Lottery scammers use car dealer to help fool victims: Internet Scambusters #703 Lottery scammers are becoming more cunning than ever, finding new ways to convince victims they’ve genuinely won a fortune. In this week’s issue, we’ll explain what they’re up to and how you can avoid the tricksters by applying one simple rule. We also […]

15 Million Bogus Hotel Bookings Every Year!

How to avoid online hotel booking scams: Internet Scambusters #702 Every year, an estimated 15 million hotel bookings turn out to be fake. Travelers lose $1.3 billion — as well as their credit card numbers — to scammers. In this week’s issue, we’ll tell you how to avoid the tricksters, and pass on details of […]

Do Not Track Solution Still Out of Reach

What you can do to improve success of Do Not Track efforts: Internet Scambusters #701 Registering for a Do Not Call service is easy and mostly effective — not so for Do Not Track requests on the Internet. Unlike with phone calls, there are still no laws in place to stop online services from following […]