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Seniors Snared in Multiple Impostor Scams

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 […]

Scammers Cash-in on Fears of Law Enforcement

Bankruptcy trick, bail bond cancellation and phishing attempt among latest law enforcement scams: Internet Scambusters #696 The threat of some personal law enforcement action is enough to worry most of us – but it’s even worse for those who have already tangled with the legal system. In this week’s issue, we explain how individuals who […]

New Program Will Aid Identity Theft Recovery

Government website will provide customized recovery plans for identity theft victims: Internet Scambusters #695 The Federal Trade Commission has delivered on a Presidential directive that identity theft victims should be able to get all the help they need from a single online source. By providing details of a crime to a government website, victims will […]

QuickBooks Scam Emails by the Dozen!

QuickBooks and TurboTax publisher warns of a torrent of fake email alerts: Internet Scambusters #694 Users of accounting software QuickBooks and tax preparation program TurboTax are being bombarded by scam emails. The fake messages are intended to trick victims into clicking a link or attachment with the aim of stealing critical information. We have the […]

Scams Behind Bogus LinkedIn Job Offers

How to avoid these LinkedIn job scams: Internet Scambusters #693 It’s not uncommon to get a LinkedIn contact request from someone you don’t know – after all, the group is all about networking. But making contact via fake profiles is one of the tactics scammers use to offer phony jobs that can turn out to […]

Is That ID Verification Letter Genuine or Another Tax Scam?

Surge in tax scams prompts IRS to send out ID Verification Letters: Internet Scambusters #692 2016 looks like a record year for tax scams, as crooks try to exploit one of the key measures the IRS is using to try to verify the identity of some filers. If you receive an ID Verification Letter, it’s […]

Bogus Drone Registration Sites Target Hobbyists and Commercial Users

Scammers exploit FAA drone registration program: Internet Scambusters #691 The introduction of a drone registration program for miniature “quadcopter” flying devices is being exploited by scammers and dubious registration support services. But the growing popularity of drones has also led to a number of others scams, as we report in this week’s issue. We also […]

Dangers of Digital Life After Death

How to close vulnerable online accounts after death of a relative: Internet Scambusters #690 Whatever your views on life after death, did you know that an individual’s “existence” usually continues online after they die? And that could pose real dangers in the form of fraudulent use of accounts and even identity theft. Deleting these accounts […]

Wearable Devices Could Pose Security Threat

Hackers and data thieves could target wearable devices: Internet Scambusters #689 Wearable devices are a big thing in technology at the moment. But developers may be neglecting security at the expense of adding features, both to the devices and the software that uses them. In this week’s issue, we explain the dangers and what you […]

Phone Scams for Wrong Numbers, Jailbroken iPhones, Vacation Gifts and Prescriptions

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 […]