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FTC busts advance fee recovery scheme targeting timeshare resale and investment scam victims

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently cracked down on an advance fee recovery scheme that targeted victims of timeshare resale and investment scams. After the FTC took court action, the defendants agreed to stop their operation during the ongoing litigation. The … Continue reading

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Looking for a temp job this holiday season? BBB offers advice for job seekers

BBB offers advice for job seekers looking for temporary work ‘Tis the season to hire seasonal employees, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). Retailers are expected to hire between 725,000 and 800,000 seasonal workers this holiday, a 14 percent … Continue reading

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BBB Investigation: Austin-area online clothing store SoCo Vintage racks up complaints

SoCo Vintage, an online store based in Buda, Texas, advertises hand-picked clothing inspired by shops on South Congress Avenue in Austin. Unfortunately, many consumers complain that after many weeks the business has not delivered the items they purchased. SoCo Vintage … Continue reading

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Don’t get tricked by E-ZPass phishing scam!

Get an email claiming you owe money for unpaid tolls? Beware. BBB warns that an email phishing scam has been making the rounds, claiming to be from E-ZPass. The email claims that you owe money–even if you haven’t driven on … Continue reading

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BBB Warning: Some Fun Runs Promise More Than They Deliver

A Fun Run can be a great way to get or stay in shape. It’s also a great social activity–a great way to have fun. Unfortunately, not all such events are what they are cracked up to be. In fact, some … Continue reading

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Tech support scammers hit with $51 million judgment

Ever get a call from out of the blue, offering to fix your computer remotely? Hang up! No matter who they say they work for (I had a call a few years ago from someone claiming to be a “Windows” employee) it’s … 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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FTC settles with alleged operators of Kentucky-based pyramid scheme

The pyramids in Egypt might be solid structures, but the other kind of pyramid–the pyramid scheme–has a lot more in common with a house of cards. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) just announced a settlement with the alleged operators of a … Continue reading

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Internet Explorer users vulnerable to attack

A vulnerability in Microsoft’s popular Internet Explorer web browser can allow a “remote, unauthorized attack” on users’ computers, the company announced over the weekend via a Service Advisory. Although it is working to fix the problem, the company suggests “workarounds.” … Continue reading

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