Scams & Rip-Offs

  • Social Security Administration name being used in new scam

      

    If you're receiving Social Security or have relatives who are, you're going to want to be aware of this hot new scam. Beware of this new SSA scam People are getting emails that...

  • Watch out for this Southwest Airlines scam on Facebook

      

    Facebook is fraught with scams these days.  Now more than ever, you have to be careful what you share on Facebook. Fake company pages are making the rounds, purporting to offer...

  • Beware of these hotel fees

      

    Hotels are coming up with more and more gotcha fees for unsuspecting travelers. I want to outline some of the most common ones I've avoided in recent weeks on the road. The hotel industry...

  • DeVry University sued for allegedly 'lying' about graduates' success

      

    The Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against DeVry University last week, saying it falsified claims about future job prospects.  Though DeVry claimed that 90% of its graduates...

  • Beware of unscrupulous tax preparers who want Obamacare penalty in cash

      

    Here we are on the first day of February! Today marks the first week that many people are starting in earnest to get their income tax filed. But beware of this scam when you're working with...

  • Beware of Facebook games that could steal your info

      

    Those fun apps and games on Facebook may look innocent enough, but did you know that many of them can take over your Facebook profile and even gain access to your computer and sensitive...

  • Beware of fake work-from-home offers

      

    This woman was offered a career in solar energy...but it turned out to be a hoax. Heed these warnings if you’re looking to earn extra cash.

  • Woman shares warning after falling victim to 'hostage' scam

      

    A Charlotte woman is out more than $200 after falling victim to a hostage scam. How it works Michelle Kesel-Giancola, 25, said she was at work when she received a call on her...

  • Warning: This website crashes iPhones

      

    With a website name like crashsafari.com, what do you expect? Tech safety experts are warning iPhone users to avoid clicking on links to the “crashsafari” website, as it will...

  • 3 ways to avoid tax fraud

      

    Tax season has arrived -- and unfortunately, that means scammers are on the prowl! So what do you need to know in order to safeguard your identity and your wallet from thieves? Here...

  • Don't fall for it! The IRS will not call you and ask for money

      

    As the world gets more tech-savvy, unfortunately, so do the scammers. So while you may be aware of some common scam tactics and how to avoid them, if you want to keep your wallet...

  • Apple wouldn't give this woman access to her dead husband's devices

      

    British Columbia, Canada — Peggy Bush never would've imagined a password would cause her so much grief after the death of the husband. The 72-year-old Canadian woman shared an Apple...

  • Here’s how to tell if your New Year’s diet is based on false promises

      

    Dieting and weight loss are top New Year’s resolutions. They’re also big business. Unproven health claims of weight-loss programs The Federal Trade...

  • Key to preventing tax identity theft

      

    Thinking about putting off filing your taxes for several more weeks? There's a compelling reason why you might not want to. How to avoid tax fraud During the last few years, crooks...

  • Identity thieves are using call centers to carry out scams

      

    You probably aren't surprised anymore when you figure out that a customer service representative you're talking to is actually half-way across the world somewhere in a call center. But...