Watch out for a new breed of checkout skimmers

February 25, 2021

A recent new skimming device is now out in the wild to capture your card data and PIN. The skimmer looks exactly like a card reader with a PIN pad except it’s an overlay on an existing reader! Once placed on the card reader, it captures your card data and PIN when you enter it. […]

Card Cracking Defined

December 10, 2020

The scam is called card cracking* and it may start off innocently enough. You see a post on a social media site announcing a contest. Or maybe a webpage that claims to have a celebrity affiliation is offering a gift card giveaway. The variations are endless, but here’s the tip-off that fraud is afoot. At […]

Vaccines are coming. Here’s how to avoid the coming scams.

December 8, 2020

While we wait for a vaccine timeline and more information, there’s no doubt scammers will be scheming. Here’s what you need to know to avoid a vaccine-related scam*: You likely will not need to pay anything out of pocket to get the vaccine during this public health emergency. You can’t pay to put your name […]

College Students – Beware of a Fake Check Scam

December 2, 2020

The FTC has warned college students about a scam involving scammers posing as fake professors. They send you an email using a college domain name and offers the student a part-time job. The scammer then sends the student a check, asks them to deposit it at a financial institution, send the money to someone else […]

Receive a call saying you overpaid your utility bill? That’s probably a scam!

November 17, 2020

If you get a robocall saying you paid too much on a utility bill, then it could be a scam. They’ll usually say you’ll get a cash refund, but utility companies typically don’t give cash refunds. That’s your first sign it’s fraud.   GET THE DETAILS FROM THE FTC

Health Fraud

October 19, 2020

Health Fraud* As COVID-19 spread, coronavirus scams spread, too, many of them plugging phony cures. The companies touting colloidol silver as a defense against the disease or selling bogus COVID-19 testing kits are part of a long and ignoble tradition of exploiting people’s health fears for profit. The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines health fraud as the deceptive advertising, […]