DOJ and FTC offer guidelines about online auction scams: Internet Scambusters #653 Online auctioneers may have stepped up security against auction scams but they just can’t stop the crooks. Both the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission are sufficiently concerned about the dangers as to offer guidance on how to check for phony […]
Student work scammers exploit emotions and inexperience of victims: Internet Scambusters #652 Student work seekers could land themselves in serious trouble, losing big money they can’t afford and even ending up on the wrong side of the law. We explain how this happens and what you can do to avoid the latest con tricks in […]
New tricks and old favorites in the second part of our travel scams special: Internet Scambusters #651 We promised you there’d be more — and this week we have a further batch of travel scams that crooks have lined up for unwary tourists. Some of them are brand new but we’ve also reserved space for […]
On business or vacation, look out for these new travel scams: Internet Scambusters #650 There’s no end to the ingenuity of con artists when it comes to travel scams. They pose as police, fellow tourists, and entry fee collectors or they use other underhanded techniques to rip you off. In this week’s issue, we have […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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