FTC warns against social security email scam

The Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers around the U.S. of a phishing email scam that looks to infect your computer with viruses and malware. According to the FTC, the email contains the subject line “Get Protected” and tries to deceive consumers by talking about new features from the Social Security Administration (SSA) that can help…

Counterfeit check scam targets lawyers

You don’t normally think of lawyers as potential victims of fraud–they’re usually pretty savvy folks. However, there is a check/wire fraud scam that specifically targets attorneys. The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) posted a warning about it a couple of years ago, but it’s still going around. Although he isn’t an attorney, a colleague at Your…

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, a Nigerian prince or general or some other wealthy person needs to smuggle a fortune…

Don’t get caught by an Amazon.com phishing scam!

A consumer I know just got extremely lucky after opening an e-mail that she thought was from Amazon.com. It turned out to be part of a phishing scam designed to hack into her account. She has a Kindle and has been doing a little business with Amazon lately. So when she noticed an email in…

Scammers taking advantage of Philippines tragedy

It didn’t take long. Already crooks are taking advantage of the devastation brought by typhoon Haiyan with a variation on the “My Awful Trip” email scam. The scammers pretend to be someone you know who was stranded in the Philippines during the typhoon. Check with the person directly and do not send money! BBB has…

SCAM ALERT: Your photos email

An email has been circulating for months now with the title “Re: Your Photos.” It comes from various senders and the body simply says “Hello, as promised your photos,” and a link. BBB warns consumers not to click the link. It contains malware that will infect your computer. If you receive this email, simply delete…

Beware of the “My awful trip!” scam

New twist on the grandparent scam tries to convince you your friend is in trouble A BBB employee received the following email this week, with the subject line “My awful trip!!!”: I’m writing this with tears in my eyes, I came down here to Rosa, Laguna – Philippine for a short vacation unfortunately i was…