I couldn't figure out what was going on until Dad showed me a phone bill with a total amount due of $2,132.41, and listing some 200 phone calls to/from 'Kingston' (Jamaica) and Las Vegas.
Imagine this: Someone claiming he's from the IRS calls and says you owe money. He demands you to pay via a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. Do you send the money? If you answered yes, you walked right into a scam.
Almost all of us have heard the stories of identity theft and the importance of keeping personal information safe, particularly in an age of highly publicized data breaches at major retailers. That's why the subject of "sweetheart scams" catches so many off guard. Here are some tips to keep yourself and your loved ones safe..
According to top industry specialists, almost everyone's personal information has ALREADY been stolen in one form or another. And it is just a matter of time of when it will happen again.
About four or five times a day, my home phone rings with people who say I've done business with them before (I haven't) or who say that I asked them to call (I didn't). Increasingly, it is angry-voiced men claiming to be from the IRS or some division of the government who say I owe them money (I don't).
Tax season is officially upon us. Along with the arrival of what has to be the most dreaded season of the year, also comes another unwelcome and sadly, an increasingly pervasive reality -- the onslaught of scammers, via both telephone and email.
People of Craigslist, can we please try a little harder to respect each other?
In that bygone era of punched cards and tabulating machines, a computer disaster might have been a dropped box of cards. We couldn't do anything very exotic with these simple machines; the Internet and home computers were in no one's crystal ball, but neither was the worry of getting hacked.
After writing about consumer debt issues for decades now, I have to admit it gets very frustrating watching people fall for the same old scams over an...
Every day struggling New Yorkers who are behind on their mortgages -- facing foreclosure, and desperate to keep their heads above water -- are bombarded with TV and radio ads promising lower interest rates or a reduction in their mortgage principal if they "call now!"
Yes, it's that time of year again. Online shoppers will spend countless hours in front of their computer screens to get the best Cyber Monday deals. If you don't like waiting in long lines, this may be your only chance to get those holiday shopping discounts.
It's now widely known that the foreclosure crisis and the resulting recession have been devastating to homeowners and neighborhoods across New York State. Sadly, the foreclosure crisis has also generated a second wave of hardship for homeowners: foreclosure rescue fraud.
With more than $30 billion a year in taxpayer money going to the for-profit college industry, the shady world of generating leads of potential students is a thousand-headed regenerating hydra, and I am only beginning to discover that a lot more information is hiding in plain sight.
Scams are everywhere, and it's a safe bet to say that almost everyone has fallen for some sort of con at some time in their life. Despite this, most p...
Some advantages of the independent services is they can often inspect and fix cars at a lower cost than at a dealer's service bay. Additionally, they provide the convenience of a nearby location for a great many drivers, since there are fewer dealerships.
Keanu Reeves recently had a home intruder: a woman. It was 4:00 am when she got into his home and plopped in a chair. The 40-something nut-job told the movie star she was there to meet with him. He nonchalantly called 911. Police took the woman into custody.