Author Archive for Keith

ID Crooks Target Cell Phone Number Theft

Thousands hit every year by phone number theft: Internet Scambusters #775 In the world of identity thieves, phone number theft is the latest thing. These crooks trick phone service providers into switching victims’ phone numbers to the scammer’s own devices. This week, we’ll explain how this scam works and what you can do to minimize […]

Fake Update Ad Leads to Skype Malware Attack

Latest scam threats on Skype video and messaging service: Internet Scambusters #774 Most of us have used or at least know about the popular video and messaging app Skype. But how many know how easy it is to fall victim to a Skype scam using either the service or its name? We’ll tell you about […]

Protect Your Cash From Fake Check Scams

5 common tricks used by fake check scammers: Internet Scambusters #773 Bankers say that fake checks are one of the biggest sources of consumer fraud today. Even though legitimate check usage is on the decline, forgery scams are not. In this week’s issue, we’ll tell you the five most common sources of fake checks and […]

How eBay Scammers Find Their Targets

eBay scams update — latest tricks and security tactics: Internet Scambusters #772 eBay has revolutionized the way we buy and sell stuff, whether used or new. But it’s also a target for scammers, who know how to spot their quarry. We’ll give you the lowdown on their latest techniques and tactics in this week’s issue. […]

Should You Store Your Credit Card Details Online?

Is credit card security at risk when you allow stores to keep your details? : Internet Scambusters #771 Can 94 million of us be wrong? That’s how many Americans store their credit card details with online retailers. But the more we do that, the more risks we face of having our financial info stolen or […]

What to Do About the Equifax Data Breach

How to find out if you’re a victim of the Equifax data breach: Internet Scambusters #770 The Equifax data breach, in which 143 million records were mined by hackers for highly confidential financial and personal information, has caused an outrage. But, in practical terms, what do you need to do to learn if you’re affected? […]

7 Things You Must Do to Prevent Smartphone Hacking

Flood of smartphone hacking attacks on the way: Internet Scambusters #769 Since most of us now use our cell phones as the most convenient way of getting online, it’s hardly surprising that smartphone hacking is on the rise. And what the hackers who take over your phone can do may surprise and alarm you. We’ll […]

5 Easy Steps to Router Security

Increasing router security is not as tough as you may think: Internet Scambusters #768 Got a router? So, what do you know about router security? In this week’s issue, we’ll explain in simple terms how to make that little device that runs your home network do its job more securely. It’s not as tough as […]

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Scams and More Tricks Targeting Small Firms

Small business special: Don’t fall for fake SEO deals: Internet Scambusters #767 It used to be that if you wanted your small business to rank higher on Google and other Internet searches, you brought in a search engine optimization (SEO) specialist who’d deliver you on the front page of searches. But the wizards behind these […]

“Pay-to-Meet” Casting Workshop May Be a Scam

Casting workshop warning for would-be actors: Internet Scambusters #766 Casting workshops, which give budding actors a chance to sharpen their skills, may be overstepping the rules on what they charge for. In some cases, they infringe on state and actors’ union rules by charging for the opportunity to audition, as we explain in this week’s […]