Category: Scams

Imposter Scams: A Criminal May be Impersonating Someone You Know

Avoiding scams is an incredibly important part of keeping yourself and your money safe. After all, in 2018 alone, nearly $1.5 billion was lost to scammers. That’s over a third higher than 2017 losses! For the first time, imposter scams were at the top of the list, which means that more and more people are Read More…

Guide to Phone Call and Telemarketer Scams

People have probably warned you about all kinds of scams, as well as how they can affect people. Millions of dollars are lost to scammers every year, and even the most tech-savvy people can easily be taken in. While online scams have grown immensely in recent years, scams by phone still remain common. Read on Read More…

A to Z Guide to Scams You Should Watch Out For

Everyone knows to be cautious online, but you might not know what being cautious should actually look like. Use this A to Z list to keep your eyes open for all sorts of potential scams online or by phone. Astroturfing Scammers pay people to write good reviews for their e-commerce store, website, or product, trying Read More…

Online Catfishing: 6 Ways to Avoid Fakes Online

More people than ever are using online dating sites to find a partner; you very well may be one of them. In fact, about 40 million Americans use online dating sites, with 27% of young adults using either a dating website or an app on their phone. It’s more common than ever to find a Read More…

How to Avoid Tech-Savvy Scams

Many people who use the internet nowadays have been using it for years. In fact, you may have used the internet for decades, at this point. If you’re one of those individuals that grew up with the internet, or you started picking it up when it was in its fledgling state, you probably think you’re Read More…

How to Tell if an Ad Is Clickbait

The number of people vying for your attention is also slowly but surely rising as more and more companies try to build their business on the internet. That means that companies need to create more interesting ways to get you interested in their content. The desire to capture your attention, without even necessarily having to Read More…

Three New Impostor Scams of 2018

You’ve probably heard of fraudulent emails claiming to be a government agency or phone calls requesting that cash is sent under the pretense of a loved one in trouble. What do these cons have in common? They are referred to as “impostor scams.” Although they come in countless varieties, these scammers try to impersonate someone Read More…

Don’t Become Catfish Bait- Be Informed!

Now that the holidays are over it’s time to find that special someone just in time for Valentine’s Day. Though online dating can be fun, exciting, and convenient, there is always a risk of running into a Catfish– someone who uses a false online persona to catch you. According to TheNextWeb.com there are up to Read More…

Could A Fake Debt Collector Be Calling You?

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently released a warning about fake debt collectors. These are predators who call people and pretend to be in charge of collecting consumer debts. Trouble is: the so-called collectors are actually criminals. Getting called by a debt collector can be a nerve-wracking experience. Scam artists take advantage of this fact Read More…

Identity Theft: The Most Common Consumer Complaint

When we hear about crime, it’s easy to think that it could never happen to us. We sympathize with people who are affected by crime, but we never expect to be the next victim. The truth is we are all at risk for certain types of crime. And the number one crime these days is Read More…