Businesses: Don’t wire money to a scammer!

Businesses, look out. The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is reporting a new scam that could cost you thousands of dollars. The scam has been referred to as the “man in the email” scam, or more recently, the “business email compromise.” The scam involves a spoofed email–one that appears to be from a known source,…

Don’t let puppy love blind you from online scammers

Better Business Bureaus warns consumers about scams targeting unsuspecting puppy buyers Better Business Bureau serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin warns dog lovers to be cautious when responding to online or newspaper classified advertising. Commonly, a scammer—posing as a breeder—will place an ad offering free or inexpensive puppies. Communicating solely through emails,…

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…

Former UT star Erxleben continues to ‘Break Bad’

Anybody else remember University of Texas football star Russell Erxleben? I used to love watching him on TV when I was a kid. He was an amazing kicker. Lately he’s more infamous than famous, having been sentenced to prison in 2000 for a fraudulent currency scheme. Talk about Breaking Bad. According to a report from…

Job hunters: Don’t become an unwitting partner in crime

BBB recently got a report of a work-at-home scam that impersonated an accredited business in the Austin area. The business got constant phone calls from people asking, “Am I working for you?” They weren’t. Luckily for the business, the scammers seem to have moved on. The phone calls quit coming. A bunch of people who…

Jamaican lottery scammer arrested in federal crackdown

I hate fraud schemes in general, but I especially hate the ones that target the elderly. One such scammer may be about to get his comeuppance. Watchyoubuck has warned about pay-up-front prize scams in the past. You get a letter or call saying you’ve won a substantial prize. All you have to do is wire money…

No, you did not win that $1.25M sweepstakes you never entered

So you got something in the mail saying you won a million dollars in a sweepstakes you never entered. And they included a check for several thousand dollars to cover the upfront fees. It’s your lucky day, right? Not so fast. This is a scam that could cost you and even get you into trouble…