If you key in a wrong number on your smartphone, you may not realize it — until you discover you’ve been scammed by a crook on the other end of the line. This week’s Snippets issue throws the spotlight on this and three more phone-related scams including a couple that target older folks. We also […]
How data breaches lead to hack fraud: Internet Scambusters #687 If you think your personal information has been stolen during a data breach, you could subsequently find yourself on the receiving end of a hack fraud. In this sneaky trick, scammers, who don’t really have your personal details at all, pose as reps from the […]
Scammers trick Skype video users for blackmail and ID theft: Internet Scambusters #686 The online Skype video telephony service has transformed the way we communicate with each other. But it has also opened the door for scammers and, even worse, blackmailers posing as would-be online daters. In this week’s issue, we’ll tell you how these […]
What FBI advises to reduce the risk of becoming a virtual kidnap victim: Internet Scambusters #685 Virtual kidnaps — extortion scams in which crooks pretend to have kidnapped a relative or friend and demand a ransom — are on the rise. Scammers may pose as members of a Mexican cartel gang but, in reality, the […]
Impulsive response could cost you dearly in pump and dump and blue screen scams: Internet Scambusters #684 Most investors know what pump and dump scams are but the opportunity to make a quick buck sometimes overrides common sense in detecting some of these clever tricks. Crooks hope we’ll act without thinking things through with these […]
Watch out for non-qualified professionals performing surgery: Internet Scambusters #683 They may have medical credentials but is the specialist you’re trusting yourself to qualified for the surgery you need? For all sorts of reasons, they may not be. But we’ll tell you how to find out in this week’s issue. And we’ve got a warning […]
Warning signs of ID theft and actions you can take to protect and inspect your child’s school information: Internet Scambusters #682 Carelessly guarded school information could provide a route for crooks to steal identity information about your children. But there’s a law that enables you to inspect that info and opt out of it being […]
Don’t get tricked into installing potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) on your computer: Internet Scambusters #681 Have you been bitten by a PUP — a potentially unwanted program? Software organizations — from legitimate companies to out-and-out scammers — can easily trick you into installing these programs without realizing it, as we explain in this week’s issue. […]
5 key steps to avoid the recurring payments cancellation trap: Internet Scambusters #680 Are you overlooking or just ignoring automatic, recurring payments for subscriptions and services you don’t use? And what do you do if you run into problems trying to cancel them? It’s a common problem that can cost hundreds of dollars or more […]
What were the top scams in 2015 — and what’s on the horizon for 2016?: Internet Scambusters #679 Identity theft and phishing remain in pole position in our annual review of top scams for both 2015 and 2016. But beneath the surface, some new threats are emerging, while others become slightly less of a risk. […]
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