Donors Should Support Established Disaster Relief Organizations

With Hurricane Florence bearing down on the southeast coast of the United States, BBB Wise Giving Alliance and Better Business Bureau advise donors that experienced disaster relief organizations offer the best possibility of providing emergency help for victims after a natural disaster. NBC News reported last week that the Make It Right Foundation, a charity…

Google Cracking Down on Phony Tech Support Ads

As scammers continue to exploit technology to find new victims, many companies are left trying to stay ahead of the latest tricks of the trade. This includes Silicon Valley giants like Google, which recently announced it is cracking down on misleading tech support advertisements. This comes after a report by the Wall Street Journal found…

Facebook Removed 5,000 Ad Categories that Excluded Users Based on Religion, Race

In an effort to make its advertising platform less discriminatory, Facebook announced last week it had removed thousands of ad-targeting categories that excluded based on ethnicity and religion. “We’re committed to protecting people from discriminatory advertising on our platforms. That’s why we’re removing over 5,000 targeting options to help prevent misuse,” the company wrote in…

Instagram Users Report Accounts Being Hacked

Users of the popular social media platform, Instagram, appear to be getting caught up in a mysterious hacking epidemic that is locking them out of their accounts – and no one seems to know why. According to Business Insider, victims of the data breach say their login credentials are replaced with Russian e-mail addresses, effectively…

College Students More at Risk of Identity Theft

Better Business Bureau and Consumer Reports advise students heading back to school to take preventative measures to help protect their identities from being stolen. Identity thieves will often target college students because they have minimal transaction histories and have just started building their credit. The lack of history also makes it harder to pinpoint unusual…

Money lost to CEO scams hits $12.5 billion FBI says

According to the FBI’s Internet Complaint Center, or IC3, global losses due to business email compromise have exceeded $12.5 billion. The scam, also known as the CEO scam, targets both businesses and individuals performing wire transfer payments. The scam usually begins when fraudsters phish an executive of a company and gain access to that person’s inbox….

Catching World Cup fever? Beware of these World Cup scams

Every four years, soccer fans from around the world tune in and travel to watch the FIFA World Cup. Although many have already bought their tickets, some fans may still be looking to catch some games and flights for the right price. Here’s where scammers come into the picture. Eager consumers looking for a cheap…