Category Archives: Too Good To Be True

Nigerian Prince scam comes with a Texas twist

Once you get wise to certain kinds of scams, you can spot them again even when they come with a different spin. One of the most popular scams on the Internet is the 419 or “Nigerian Prince” scam. In the classic version, … Continue reading

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Flipped out and ripped off: Money flipping schemes targeting social media users

Get rich quick schemes are about as old as money itself, but as you might expect, they are very much at home in the Internet Age. “Money flipping” scams have been making their way around social media platforms like Facebook … Continue reading

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Scammers prey on Ebola fears with quack products

If you’ve been following the news lately, you’re probably at least a bit nervous about the deadly Ebola virus. It might be a “far away” tragedy at the moment, but what if it spreads to the U.S.? What if you … Continue reading

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Texas AG shuts down Houston-area diploma mill

Getting an education is pretty important for career advancement. Unfortunately, some “institutions” that appear to be affordable alternatives actually just take your money in exchange for diplomas that aren’t worth the paper they were printed on. The Texas Attorney General’s Office has … Continue reading

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BBB warns students: beware of college aid scams!

Going to college is expensive, so any potential influx of cash is going to get a student’s attention. Unfortunately, some offers targeting college students are bogus. Your BBB warns college students to make sure scholarships and financial aid offers are the real … Continue reading

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Austin-area woman tricked by tech support scammers–Don’t be the next victim

An Austin-area resident was recently victimized by a tech support scam by people posing as employees of Microsoft. She got off light– a $54.07 charge that she later got back after disputing the charge with her credit card company–but for a … Continue reading

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BBB Investigation: Consumers allege Consumer Financial Freedom takes upfront payment for credit repair services and doesn’t deliver

Consumer Financial Freedom, also known as New Beginnings Credit Repair Solutions, claims on its website http://www.creditrepair4life.org that it will “guarantee a better credit score.” However, consumers have complained to Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the … Continue reading

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‘Gray market’ purchase might not be the bargain you thought

Beware: the good deal you found online could be a “gray market” item. That’s right, I said gray market. Not black market. Gray market goods refer to legal goods which are sold outside normal distribution channels by companies which may … Continue reading

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FTC cracks down on Florida-based payday loan scheme

Of the scams that make my blood boil, payday loan scams are near the top of the list. People who are desperate for cash end up losing what little they already had. Meanwhile the scammers get to live it up on … Continue reading

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Want to save gas? Don’t fall for additives that promise big savings

After commuting to work, visiting friends and family and driving around on the weekend, the gasoline bill can get pretty expensive, especially with the price of gas these days. If only there were a magic substance you that would make your … Continue reading

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