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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Bamboo products and investments may not be what they seem to be: Internet Scambusters #700 The environmental attraction of products made from fast-growing and renewable bamboo fibers is driving increasing demand for fabrics made from the plant. But all may not be as it seems — if the fibers have been chemically processed into rayon. […]
Most restaurant salmon may be wrongly described as “wild”: Internet Scambusters #699 Salmon is America’s number one fish dish, but what you get on your plate, especially in restaurants, may not be what you expect. In this week’s issue, we explain growing concerns about the incidence of salmon fraud and what you might be able […]
Snippets issue details latest Facebook phishing scam and two new tricks using Amazon name: Internet Scambusters #698 We have another Snippets issue for you this week, focusing on phishing and two other new tricks that exploit the reliability most of us place on two well-known Internet names. First, we explain how phony warnings on Facebook […]
How seniors are tricked into theft, pension and debit card scams: Internet Scambusters #697 Crooks are constantly looking for new ways to exploit the vulnerability of seniors to scams. In their latest set of tricks, they pose as long-lost friends, Veterans Affairs financial advisors and supposedly helpful bank employees, all with the same aim in […]
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