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Title Washing Cleans Up Cars’ Murky Past

Differences in state laws and definitions enable title washing scams: Internet Scambusters #634 Hundreds of thousands of cars on our roads today may be hiding a secret past, concealed behind a scam known as title washing. At best, these vehicles could be worth a lot less than new owners paid for them; at worst, they […]

The Great Sneakers Scam and Other Sports Memorabilia Tricks

Limited-edition fashion items used as lure in sports memorabilia scams: Internet Scambusters #633 Sports memorabilia scams span a huge area, from phony autographs to fake or non-existent limited-edition fashion items. In this week’s issue, we explain how one basketball sneakers fan allegedly lost thousands of dollars to one of these tricksters. And we’ll tell you […]

Latest Car Parts, Tech Support and Domain Name Scams

Car parts buyers hoodwinked in “old-for-new” scam: Internet Scambusters #632 One of the problems with buying replacement items like car parts online is you have to trust that the seller will actually send what you paid for. But that doesn’t always happen, as we explain in this week’s Snippets issue. We also have details about […]

Money Flipping Scam Hits Social Networks

Internet offer to turn hundreds into thousands is nothing more than a money flipping scam: Internet Scambusters #631 Money flipping scams are rife on social networks right now, claiming that victims can make a fortune out of next to nothing by using a little-known trick in the financial system. But the real trick is convincing […]

10 Ways to Avoid Tow Truck Scams

Rogue tow truck operators could trick you into spending hundreds of dollars: Internet Scambusters #630 When your car breaks down or gets damaged in a road accident, the appearance of a tow truck just when you need it most can seem like a miracle. But if you or the police didn’t summon the truck, you […]

New Food Donation and Subscription Scams — Plus Some Good News

Snippets issue highlights latest variation of newspaper subscription scam: Internet Scambusters #629 We have an interesting new variation on the well-known newspaper/magazine subscription scam in this week’s issue: you actually get your subscription but pay through the nose for it. It’s a Snippets issue, so we also have a warning about doorstep scammers apparently soliciting […]

Scammers Use “Obamacare” Inquiries to Steal ID Info

“Obamacare” Affordable Care Act used as a front for new rash of scams: Internet Scambusters #628 With open enrollment in full swing for signing up for qualified insurance plans under so-called “Obamacare” — the Affordable Care Act — scammers are frantically busy selling phony policies. They’re also posing as officials from the new Health Insurance […]

Identity Theft Holds Pole Position in Top 10 Scams List

Cash-grabbing “hit-and-runs” are also on the rise among top scams in 2014 and 2015: Internet Scambusters #627 Find out about the top scams of 2014 and our predictions for 2015 in our annual Top 10 report in this week’s issue. We let you know which scams are moving up the charts and call for special […]

Shame and Nerve in the Worst Scams of the Year

List of worst scams shows huge variety of crimes: Internet Scambusters #626 For the third successive year, we’re opening the Scambusters research files to show you some of the worst scams of 2014. They show that it doesn’t matter whether you’re the most vulnerable target or an expert who should know better — the con […]

Degree Forgers Switch to Fake High School Diplomas

Bogus high school diplomas are no shortcut to graduation: Internet Scambusters #625 There’s no shortcut to earning your high school diploma — and certainly not by paying for one on the Internet. In this week’s issue, we show how rogue diploma mills that churn out fake college degrees have started selling high school diplomas, too. […]