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…

Wire fraud scam targets real estate buyers in Texas

BBB and the Texas Association of REALTORS® warns consumers of online real estate scams It all started with one click. A few emails later, $50,000 was gone and a Texas realty company became the latest victim of a widespread wire fraud scam. The Story Earlier this year, a Texas realty company found out that one…

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 a toll road. Do not respond if you receive such an email. Delete it. E-ZPass…

Scammers offer fake prizes hoping to steal your account–Don’t get phished!

Your smartphone is full of information and entertainment. Unfortunately, it is also a way for scammers to get to you if you aren’t careful. The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is reporting a utility scam by crooks who pretend to be with your telecommunications carrier. The scammers use a phishing attack hoping to trick you into entering…

Netflix phishing scam tricks consumers into calling fake tech support

There is a new scam going around aimed at stealing your files and personal information. If you use Netflix to watch movies and TV shows–and a lot of people do these days–you could be a target. Scammers have been using malware to trick consumers into calling a fake Netflix tech support number, Better Business Bureau warns….

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…

Don’t get fooled by fake IRS scammers!

One of the first things you learn when you reach adulthood is DON’T mess with the IRS. If you avoid paying taxes they will come looking for you. It’s almost as scary as getting the FBI on your trail. Unfortunately, people who probably deserve to have government agencies come looking for them are using that…

Beware of White Wedding invitation phishing scam

Have you received a wedding invitation email with a link in it from someone you don’t know? Or someone you’re not sure if you know? DON’T click the link. This is a widespread phishing scam going around right now. A consumer alerted us about it and a quick web search found a lot of people…

Don’t get smished! It could cost you a bundle

Just when you think you’ve heard the latest tech-savvy term for digital shenanigans, along comes a new scam and a new term. First there was “phishing”—the scam e-mails with links that send you to bogus websites that trick you into giving up your banking or other information. Today’s word of the day is “smishing.” Smishing…