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“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 […]

New Phishing Trick That’s Almost “Impossible to Spot”

Latest phishing scams use clever text and character tactics: Internet Scambusters #765 Phishing provides a direct line to identify theft — by fooling victims into giving away their account sign-on details. Now, crooks have found new ways to conceal the fake websites they use to steal that information. We’ll give you the details, along with […]

Line of Credit Applicants Fall Victim to Scams

Snippets issue: Line of credit, duct cleaning and latest ID theft scams: Internet Scambusters #764 A line of credit is supposed to be a low-cost way of drawing on the equity tied up in your home. But the cost will be anything but low if you fall for the scam we outline in this week’s […]

Don’t be Fooled by “FDA Approved” Claims

What does “FDA approved” really mean?: Internet Scambusters #763 Just because a product you’re buying says “FDA approved” doesn’t always mean it is. And even if the approval is genuine, that doesn’t necessarily mean the product is safe. You can’t even trust some claims made in certain prescription drug ads, as we explain in this […]

Theft Risks from 3 New Microsoft Office Scams

Tech support tricksters employ new Office scam: Internet Scambusters #762 Microsoft Office is probably the most popular piece of Windows productivity software, so it’s no wonder that it’s also the source of a rash of new Office scams. In this week’s issue, we outline three of the latest tricks — a bogus tech support virus, […]

Living Trust Mills Lead to Annuity Scams

Living trust mills are just a front for dubious insurance product sales: Internet Scambusters #761 Living trusts are supposed to be a way of simplifying and protecting your assets and savings for your descendants after you die. But some unscrupulous salespeople use them as a front to trick victims into unsuitable investments that pay the […]

Free Bill Pay Offer is a Fee Scam

Latest fake bill pay, eBay, tech support and ID theft scams: Internet Scambusters #760 Free but fake bill payment programs, crooks using the name of eBay to gain a veneer of respectability, and a new approach to tech support scams — we’ve got them all in this week’s Snippets issue. We’ll also tell you about […]

Don’t Plan on Making Money from Modern Collectibles

Mass production lowers the investment potential of collectibles: Internet Scambusters #759 Buying and curating memorabilia — collectibles — can be fun… but it doesn’t always make a sound investment. That’s because modern-day memorabilia makers are mass-producing the stuff, as we explain in this week’s issue. We’ll also tell you why collecting gold coins can leave […]

5 Utility Scams and Where You’re Most Likely to Encounter Them

Overdue bill threats and phony financial aid offers among the most common utility scams: Internet Scambusters #758 Since most of us rely on utility companies for one or more services, it’s no surprise that crooks use them to pull off a number of different utility scams. In this week’s issue, we’ll tell you about the […]

Hidden Fees Are Costing Us Billions

5 actions you can take to cut the risk of being legally overcharged through hidden fees: Internet Scambusters #757 Hidden fees could be costing you an extra 25% on your phone and cable bills. But that’s only part of the story. Unexpected charges now come as a nasty surprise on all sorts of bills — […]