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The Newest Pet Scams.html - ScamBusters.org

7. The trade in stolen pets. Long before the days of cattle rustling, stealing other people's animals was big business. And many people feel that taking someone's pet is a particularly nasty variation of this crime. Unfortunately, it's a pet scam that's on the increase.

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Beware The Latest UPS Scam.html

(52 years ago) New warning about UPS scam and bait and switch deals: Internet ScamBusters #295. Two Snippets for you this week: First, an alert about a UPS scam that delivers a deadly Trojan program onto your PC via email that, in turn, can lead to both identity theft and hacker control of your computer. Second, we have a timely warning about online companies ...

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Internet Scambusters Search.html

(52 years ago) Scammers, crooks and criminals are constantly devising new ways to steal from you. Our FREE weekly ScamBusters Email Reports keep you up-to-date by showing you exactly what to do and what to avoid to keep you and your family safe.

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Home Based Business Scams.html - ScamBusters.org

(52 years ago) Don't get taken by these common work at home and home based business scams: Internet ScamBusters #61. Today's issue is about a very important topic that we've never covered in depth before: home-based business scams and work-at-home scams.

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Insuring Cigars?.html - ScamBusters.org

(52 years ago) Rather than endure a lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance company accepted the judge's ruling and paid the man $15,000 for the rare cigars he lost in "the fires." After the man cashed his check, however, the insurance company had him arrested on 24 counts of arson. With his own insurance claim and testimony from the previous case ...

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Cut The Line On Phishing Scams.html - ScamBusters.org

(52 years ago) Internet Access Service Scams. This scam, which has changed quite a bit over the past several years, makes it onto the Federal Trade Commission's list of Top Ten 'DotCons.'. In the early days (in the late 1990s), this scam was launched by sending victims a check through snail mail (and this still goes on). It seemed as if you were getting money ...

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These Are The Newest Scams Out There.html

(52 years ago) 1. Say No to *72. The scam: A terrible phone call to a Sioux Falls, SD, man tells him of a death in the family, asks him to call another number for details and to begin his cell phone call with the code *72. What this actually does is transfer all calls sent to the cell phone to the number the caller has given -- the scammer's own number.

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(52 years ago) scambusters.org has helped stop scams and protect over 12 million people from becoming victims of scams, fraud, and crime since 1994. See why major news outlets and consumer protection experts recommend ScamBusters for useful, practical, and trustworthy information on identity theft, Internet scams, credit card fraud, phishing, lottery scams, urband legends, and how to stop spam.

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Cash for Keys, ID Theft and More New Scams.html

(52 years ago) Snippets issue highlights cash for keys, ID theft and new fake jewelry scams: Internet Scambusters #752. Imagine preparing to move into a new home, only to find someone already living there and refusing to move out until you give them cash for keys.

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$30 for Free Replacement Social Security Cards.html

(52 years ago) Online companies are charging up to $30 for replacement Social Security cards even though they're free. They've set up websites offering the service to people who lost their cards or changed their name, perhaps through marriage or divorce. But the truth is that the Social Security Administration (SSA) will do the same job for free, and all the ...

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Paypal Scams And PDA Safety.html - ScamBusters.org

(52 years ago) So, it's important to password-protect your PDA. Use at least eight characters, and include numbers. Don't use anything obvious, like a birth date or address. Then, if your PDA is stolen, the thief will have to type in the password before they can use your PDA, which will help protect your privacy. A second tip is to encrypt the info on your PDA.

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Follow These Steps to Skip Email Scams.html

(52 years ago) Security firm Sophos, who identified the tactic recently, suggests some of the actions you can take to avoid this and other email scams: Verify links by hovering your cursor over it to see a pop-up showing where it's really headed. If/when you get there, check the address shown in your browser.

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What Is A Cremation Scam?.html

(52 years ago) How to Evaluate Cremation Services And Avoid Problems: Internet ScamBusters #247. ScamBusters #243 was a special issue on funeral scams, and frankly we were very surprised at how popular it was.(We had thought subscribers might shy away from this topic, but we were wrong.)

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Credit Card Charge Scam Alert.html

(52 years ago) The charge is often for $9.95, $14.95 or $19.95 each month. These are called small, recurring credit card charges and experts say they have increased dramatically over the past six months. People often believe that the charge belongs to their spouse. These charges are more than annoying. Unfortunately, they can add up to hundreds of dollars ...

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Scam Surge Latest and How to Beat the Crooks.html

(52 years ago) How to cope with latest scam surge: Internet Scambusters #929. If we didn't already know that 2020 has turned into one of the craziest-ever years, crooks driving a new scam surge have delivered the proof. Ninety percent of all health alert websites are fake, more than half a million web conferencing accounts have been compromised, and scammers ...

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Common First Citizen's Bank Phishing Scam.html

(52 years ago) This Week's Top Phishing Scam - First Citizens Bank. This week's 'prize' for the most common phishing scam (which is also fairly new) is the email that supposedly comes from First Citizens Bank. The examples we've seen all talk about a 'planned software upgrade.'. Don't fall for it.

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5 Key Steps to Counter Computer and Smartphone ...

(52 years ago) Here's a quick rundown: * Learn how to manually disable the microphone setting on your device, or search out software that will do this automatically for you. Then, disable the mic when you don't need it. * You can also physically disable a microphone by plugging a cheap, wired mic into the microphone extension socket and then snipping the wire.

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iPhone Scams: ScamBusters.org Predicts the Top 7 iPhone ...

(52 years ago) Aug 20, 2007 · Specific tips and advice to help you protect yourself from getting ripped off by iPhone scams iPhone Scams Update #4: August 20, 2007. Here's the first iPhone urban legend we've found: Man Surgically Alters Thumbs to Better Use His iPhone A 28-year-old Colorado man found it difficult to manipulate his iPhone since his thumbs were very large.

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Watch Out for these 7 Key Veteran Scams.html

(52 years ago) Here's a rundown of the 7 most common veteran scams: Scams That Target Veterans. Special deals for vets. These veteran scams take a number of forms -- usually offering a discount on things like loans, car purchases and house rentals.They may not be really discounted at all. And, in some cases, they may be for non-existent products or services ...

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10 Smart Steps to Avoid Homeowners' Association Fraud.html

(52 years ago) Set a limit on invoice amounts that can be paid without full board authorization. Perform regular spot checks on invoices (from just one company but choosing a different company each time). Have your accounts independently and professionally audited, preferably every month but at least once a year. Finally, just in case the worst happens ...

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Snippets Issue Highlights New Car Parts and Tech Support ...

(52 years ago) Car parts buyers hoodwinked in "old-for-new" scam: Internet Scambusters #632. One of the problems with buying replacement items like car parts online is you have to trust that the seller will actually send what you paid for. But that doesn't always happen, as we explain in this week's Snippets issue. We also have details about a new variation ...

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Stay Scam Free By Preparing For Disasters.html

(52 years ago) Awhile back we began our three-part series on disaster preparedness with an overview of how to prepare for a quick getaway. If you haven't yet seen this emergency preparedness article, we recommend you check it out now. Today we're going to focus on preparing your family's medical records.

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Don't Be Exploited By Church Scam Artists.html

(52 years ago) The sob-story church scam. In a way, this religious scam is a variation of the affinity scam. It just happens at a personal level and usually involves less money. A newcomer turns up at church. They may profess to be recently converted to the faith and claim this has changed their lives. Sometimes immediately, sometimes over a lengthy period of ...

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Watch Out For This Gem Of A Scam.html

(52 years ago) Always apply the "too good to be true" rule. If someone offers you an item at a ridiculously low price, more than likely they're setting you up for a jewelry scam. You can't really buy a Rolex for $50 or a 1-carat diamond for $200 -- unless it's "hot" stolen property, and …

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Scams Against Seniors: Don't Get Fleeced Out Of Your ...

(52 years ago) Scams Against Seniors: Don't Get Fleeced Out Of Your Golden Years. Seniors aren't necessarily more vulnerable to scams, says AARP's Sally Hurme. But seniors are at a different point in their financial lives than other generations, and that can bring some special challenges. "Scams that can really hurt seniors will target their savings, which ...

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10 Warning Signs Of A Health Insurance Scam.html

(52 years ago) 10 warning signs. Meanwhile, the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud lists 10 warning signs that what's on offer may turn out to be a health insurance scam: 1. You receive a persistent barrage of phone and email messages or see flyers offering incredibly low-priced deals. 2.

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Avoid Getting Scammed By Work At Home Job Offers.html

(52 years ago) 5. Beware of vagueness and incredible claims. Companies that don't state their names, costs, or other important information in their ads usually have a good reason to do so -- they're scammers. As well, be wary of claims that you can"make up to $1,000 a week" doing just a few hours' worth of unskilled work.

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Bananas: Are They Safe?.html - ScamBusters.org

(52 years ago) If you have eaten a banana in the last 2-3 days and come down with a fever followed by a skin infection seek MEDICAL ATTENTION!!! The skin infection from necrotizing fasciitis is very painful and eats two to three centimeters of flesh per hour. Amputation is likely, death is possible.. If you are more than an hour from a medical center burning ...

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Don't Always Believe the Tale of Woe Told in a Distress ...

(52 years ago) This distress scam is most often seen in the notorious grandparent con trick, in which the victim receives a phone call supposedly from a grandchild, claiming they've been arrested and need cash to post bail. You can read more about this scam in an earlier Scambusters issue, Scammers Pose as Grandchildren to Swindle Grandparents.

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Tell-Tale Signs of an Amazon Scam.html

(52 years ago) Independent sellers using online retailer Amazon's Marketplace service have reported an alarming rise in Amazon scams. They say that between 50 and 100 fraudulent accounts are being set up every day, ripping off thousands of unsuspecting customers. Although Amazon may make good by refunding on these scam purchases through its A-to-Z Guarantee ...

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The Latest In Escrow Service Scams And Phony Degrees.html

(52 years ago) Here are some tips to avoid getting scammed by this fake escrow scheme: 1. Use an escrow service recommended by the online auction site (for example, eBay recommends Escrow.com). 2. If the seller wants you to use a specific escrow company, ask why. Be sure to check it out carefully.

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The Scoop On The International Driver's License Scam.html

(52 years ago) Planning a holiday abroad and wanting to rent a car? You may think you need an International Driving License -- but you'd be wrong. What you, in fact, may need if you're traveling to many countries is something called an International Driving Permit (IDP), which is simply a document that translates the information on your driver's license into 11 languages (including English).

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Little Known But Dangerous Recovery Scams.html

(52 years ago) Sometimes they claim to be government officials, or that they are an agency 'working with' the government to get your money back. They may even say that they are already holding money for you, for 'victim reimbursement.'. These recovery scams are simply defrauding the victims one more time -- and, of course, no 'recovery' will ever take place.

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How Scammers Use Fake Reviews to Boost Sales

(52 years ago) A study by a security outfit called Safety Detectives earlier this year found a database listing 200,000 people who were willing to write fake comments on Amazon. The list is operated by a scam ring that sends product names that these "accomplices" buy on Amazon to provide 5-star reviews. Amazon then, unknowingly, marks the reviews as a ...

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Be Safe When Using Online Pharmacies.html

(52 years ago) In fact, according to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), which monitors the industry on behalf of individual state boards of pharmacy, a stunning 96% of online pharmacies may be either breaking the law or at least operating outside of accepted codes of practice. More Scam Reports: Tell-tale Signs of a Fake Blog.

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Countdown of 10 Common Facebook Scams.html

(52 years ago) 9. Facebook identity theft -- In this scam, crooks hack and clone a victim's page and pose as them. Then they try to scam money out of the victim's friends, usually by claiming to be in financial trouble. 10. A change of color -- This one has been around for a while but is still going strong.

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Photo Copiers Can Aid Scam Artists.html

(52 years ago) Yes, photocopiers have become a potential source for identity fraud because most digital photocopiers manufactured during the past five years have disk drives that are used to reproduce the documents. This means that when you photocopy documents -- including tax returns, for example -- you could be making yourself vulnerable to identity theft.

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Bogus Saliva Tests And Discount Medical Card Scams.html

(52 years ago) The saliva test and discount medical card scams -- how to tell what's genuine and what's not: Internet Scambusters #344. This week we have a Snippets issue that focuses on two health-related subjects that can be the subject of scams -- the saliva test and discount medical cards.

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Skimming at ATMs, Gas Pumps a Growing Concern.html

(52 years ago) Usually occurring at ATMs, skimming devices that steal credit and debit card info are now discovered in gas pumps and restaurants: Internet Scambusters #423. Crooks have gas pumps in their sights in the latest wave of card skimming scams. They install devices, invisible to staff and customers, which read details off credit and debit cards and ...

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Call Spoofing Behind Half of All Calls Says Spam Blocking ...

(52 years ago) Watch out for this new Social Security call spoofing scam: Internet Scambusters #833. Call spoofing -- a trick scammers use to hide their phone identity and pretend to be someone else -- now accounts for around half of all incoming calls, according to some observers.

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Scammers Launch New Inheritance Con Tricks

(52 years ago) 10 things to know about inheritance scams: Internet Scambusters #989. Inheritance scams are among the longest-standing con tricks. They've been around for years and most of us know how to spot them. But scammers are smart and have developed new tactics to convince victims this one is for real. This week, we'll tell you what they're up to and 10 ...

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10 precautions to protect against translation scams and ...

(52 years ago) 10 precautions to protect against translation scams and other bogus freelance work: Internet Scambusters #466. As more people turn to self-employment as a result of the economic downturn, crooks step up their attempts to con them -- with translation scams for example.

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Medicare Discount Card: How to Select the Right Card for ...

(52 years ago) 4. Once you have a card, don't give it to anyone else. You are the only authorized user of your Medicare discount card. If you suspect fraud. If you think that someone is behaving fraudulently in regard to the Medicare discount card, you can contact the Inspector General's confidential hotline at 1-800-HHS-TIPS (1-800-447-8477) or 1-800-MEDICARE.

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Are Memorial Diamonds a Tribute or a Trick?.html

(52 years ago) Experts challenge claims that memorial diamonds can be made from remains: Internet Scambusters #893. The ability to create gems in a laboratory has led to a surge in companies offering to use cremated ashes to create memorial diamonds. The firms are adamant it can be and is being done, but jewelry experts say it can't, or at least it hasn't.

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Professional License Scam - Don't Lose Your License

(52 years ago) Warning to professionals - take these 5 steps to avoid license scam. They start by warning that the victim's license is at risk of being suspended. The warning is followed by what seems to be an official notification that arrives by special delivery, oftentimes including their license number.

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Switch Off These TV Scam Artists.html

(52 years ago) Let's start with the most common TV scam currently doing the rounds: 1. Pay for a Discount Cable/Satellite TV Subscription. Many of us probably feel we already pay too much for our TV subscription, which is why viewers are increasingly "cutting the cord" and turning to alternative, Internet-based streaming TV.

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Why No One is Safe from Scam Phone Calls.html

(52 years ago) Scam phone calls -- anyone who tells you they've never had one probably doesn't have a phone! The truth is that no one is safe. Scammers make millions of calls every day -- most of them automated and all of them trying to get their hands on your money, either directly or through identity theft. The most common include imposter scams (pretending ...

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