Author Archive for Keith

No-Cost Credit Freezes Step Up Battle to Beat ID Thieves

New federal law makes credit freezes free and easier to get: Internet Scambusters #827 Placing a credit freeze and a fraud alert with the big three credit scoring and reporting agencies are your first line of defense if your confidential personal and financial information are stolen by ID thieves. And now a change in the […]

Nigerian Scam Gangs Operate Like the Mafia

7 things you must do to sidestep the new Nigeran scam artists: Internet Scambusters #826 If you thought Nigerian scams were a thing of the past, we have bad news for you, Not only are they still active, but they’re now in the hands of organized crime groups who are raking in billions of dollars. […]

“Pink Tax” Adds Up to a Rip-Off for Women Shoppers

How “Pink Tax” tactics charge women more for same items as men: Internet Scambusters #825 “Pink Tax” is a well-mannered way of describing a rip-off that targets half of the consumer population. It results in women paying significantly more for certain products and services than men pay for more or less identical items. In this […]

When Being a Social Media Ambassador Becomes a Scam

“Ambassadors” who agree to endorse products online could end up out of pocket: Internet Scambusters #824 Being a social media ambassador means you’ve either been selected or you’ve chosen to endorse a product online, perhaps for gain or to help others. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as that. You could be tricked into paying-to-play or […]

7 Online Shopping Tips for Avoiding Big Store Fake Products

Why online shopping at big name stores doesn’t guarantee honesty: Internet Scambusters #823 Online shopping is supposed to save you time and, hopefully, money. But it could end up costing you a fortune – if you buy a fake branded product. In this week’s issue, we explain how even big-name stores get caught out by […]

Tabnab Scammers Hijack Web Browsers

What is tabnabbing and how can you spot it?: Internet Scambusters #822 Tabs that allow you to keep multiple pages open in your web browser are the target for a sneaky phishing scam called tabnabbing. By secretly changing the content of inactive pages, hackers can trick you into giving away confidential information about yourself. In […]

$220 Million – The Price of Fake Love for Dating Scam Victims

Looking for romance? Follow these tips to skip the scammers: Internet Scambusters #821 Romance and dating scams are the most expensive consumer frauds around – and they’ve more than doubled in just the past couple of years. Some victims have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars, but by following our advice in this week’s issue […]

New Extortion Scam Sweeping the Nation

How extortion tricksters try to convince you they’re for real: Internet Scambusters #820 Receiving an extortion threat is terrifying, even if you believe the pay-up-or-else crook is telling lies. That’s the experience thousands of people across North America and Europe are currently finding out about. In this week’s Snippets issue, we’ll tell you who the […]

One Simple Rule Will Foil Publishers Clearing House Scammers

How crooks try to make Publishers Clearing House scam seem authentic: Internet Scambusters #819 At one time or another probably every one of us has received a mailing from Publishers Clearing House announcing that we may be in line for a big prize. That’s why scammers have homed in on the famous organization’s name as […]

Beware Dodgy Doctors Touting Stem Cell “Cures”

How desperation drives people to try dubious stem cell treatments: Internet Scambusters #818 Breakthroughs in the use of stem cells to treat seriously ill patients have led to all sorts of unproven claims about the effectiveness of some of the procedures. How do you know who to trust and who’s telling the truth? And now […]