Scams

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  • Is Someone Calling You Claiming to Work for the IRS? You May Want to Hang Up

    Here’s the scenario. Your phone rings, and the caller states, “I work for the criminal division of the IRS. You owe $15,000 in back taxes, and if this issue is not resolved right now during this phone call, in two hours there will be a sheriff at your doorstep.” What’s more convincing is that the […] Read more

  • It’s National Wedding Month: Beware of Newlywed Identity Theft and Other Scams

    Nearly 40 percent of all engagements take place between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day, which may be why this time of year has been aptly named the proposal season. February is also National Wedding Month as more brides and grooms kick off their wedding planning in earnest in February than any other month of the year. […] Read more

  • Romance Scams Break Hearts and Bank Accounts: A Valentine’s Day Tutorial

    The internet is the most popular way people meet their spouse these days. Nearly 20 percent of brides surveyed met their partner through online dating or social media, which outranks meeting through friends (17 percent), college (15 percent), or work (12 percent). But there is a potential dark side to making an online love connection—falling […] Read more

  • The Evolution of the “Nigerian Prince” Scam and Why It’s No Laughing Matter

    You may laugh that anyone would be gullible enough to fall for the infamous “Nigerian Prince” scam, but the reality is that these types of scams continue even today—although in a much more elaborate form. In what the Washington Post called “a sophisticated and terrifying evolution of the Nigerian 419 scam,” web-savvy criminals are bilking […] Read more

  • College Students, Be Aware of Scams Directed at You

    Life on your own as a college student can be fun and exhilarating. However, you may also be faced with new challenges and responsibilities. It’s important to be aware that some scammers may try to take advantage of your inexperience and attempt to steal your identity or your cash.  Job Scams The Federal Bureau of […] Read more

  • Military Members Combat Higher Risk of Identity Theft

    May is the season for spring flowers, graduations, and honoring those who serve our nation. As Military Appreciation Month, it embraces many things. It’s a time to remember the end of World War II and honor military families for their sacrifices. It culminates with the observation of Memorial Day to pay homage to those who […] Read more

  • Manage Home Sales Cautiously or Risk Thousands

    The home selling season is heating up, and scammers are eager to defraud buyers and sellers once again. It’s an annual dance that puts your hard-earned funds at risk—potentially tens of thousands of dollars—so educate yourself about the possible pitfalls before you move in 2018. Closing or Wire Transfer Scams  When you apply for a […] Read more

  • 2017 Fraud and Identity Theft Numbers Reveal Trends

    The 20th edition of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Consumer Sentinel Network (CSN) Data Book gives insight into how consumers were impacted by fraud and identity theft in 2017. The Consumer Sentinel is a cyber tool and database that provides local, state, federal, and even international law enforcement groups with access to millions of consumer […] Read more

  • Are You Likely to Fall for a Phishing Email?

    Day in and day out, your inbox may have phishing emails mingled in with communications from friends or business associates. Perhaps the scam email appears to be from a prospective employer you’ve wanted to meet or from your bank. The phishing deluge seeks to wear us down until we click on the bait without thinking […] Read more

  • Could You Unwittingly Become a Prince’s Mule?

    News out of Slidell, Louisiana has the Internet buzzing with tales of Nigerian Princes. In late 2017, police in Slidell arrested an area resident in connection with an email scam that funneled cash to Nigeria. The Advance Fee Scams Data security experts will recognize the connection between Nigeria and the proliferation of advance fee scams. […] Read more