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Ransomware Rockets – and So Does the Ransom Charge

Spotlight on alarming growth in ransomware and your best chances of dealing with it: Internet Scambusters #713 Ransomware, which locks down victims’ PCs until they pay the ransom, is costing Americans tens of millions, maybe even hundreds of millions of dollars every year. In this special issue, we give a quick rundown of how the […]

Are You Eating Fake Cheese?

Is your Parmesan the real thing or is it a fake cheese?: Internet Scambusters #712 When you eat Parmesan cheese, it’s highly likely you’re not eating the real thing at all — but an imitation product or even a totally fake cheese. This could mean you’re not getting what you pay for or it could […]

Watch Out for these 5 Pokemon GO Scams

Scammers and spammers target Pokemon GO players: Internet Scambusters #711 Pokemon GO — it’s a game craze that’s literally sweeping the world but, sadly, so are scams that target the players. In this week’s issue, we’ll explain the 5 main scams and spam campaigns currently aimed at players and how to avoid them. We also […]

What to Do if You Fell for a Tech Support Scam

10-point action plan for resolving fake tech support access to your PC: Internet Scambusters #710 Tech support scams affect 3.3 million people and cost $1.5 billion every year. So what do you do if you’re one of those unfortunate victims? We’ll give you a 10-point action plan in this week’s issue, along with information about […]

Alarming Rise in Payment Switch Scams

Payment switch crooks targeting individuals as well as businesses: Internet Scambusters #709 It’s easy to believe what seems to be an official request from your boss or contractor to make a payment switch to a different bank account. But it’s probably a scam — one that’s costing businesses billions of dollars. But crooks are also […]

Clever Dating Scam Kits Sold Online

Cybercriminals offer dating scam letters with guaranteed return: Internet Scambusters #708 Dating scam packages that include letter templates and call centers staffed by bogus lonely-hearts are being sold to con artists who are told they can clear $2,000 a week in ill-gotten gains. In this week’s issue we’ll explain how this scam operates and how […]

Travel Scammers Out in Force for Olympics Fans and Other Tourists

More travel scam tricks and tips to keep you safe: Internet Scambusters #707 In Part 2 of our roundup of 2016 travel scams, we have warnings for you about Olympic Games con tricks, planting of bullets and fake drugs in travelers’ baggage, and phony Cuban cigars. We’ll also explain why you should never just toss […]

New Travel Scams Set To Trick Unwary Tourists

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 […]

New Rules Will Help You Spot Telesales Scam

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 […]

SIM Card, Precious Metals and Printer Security Alerts

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 […]