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.
The FBI reported that monetary damage from crimes reported to its Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) jumped by nearly 50 percent last year. It is no surprise that more and more criminals are becoming computer-savvy enough to attempt these crimes.
n the past year, Americans have lost over $18 billion to fraud, identity theft and various scams. But how? We all know when something seems too good to be true, it probably is. So, why do people continue to fall for scams or fail to protect their personal data?
Home Depot. Target. DSW. Neiman Marcus. TJ Maxx. What do these companies have in common? They have all suffered massive credit card breaches in recent years and, unfortunately, they are not the only ones.
It's much easier for a fraudster to tap into a time in everyone's life when they're much more willing to hand over buckets of information about themselves to perfect strangers without a second thought -- and a job hunt is that perfect identity theft storm.
Credit repair can be a very spammy business, so much so that the government has gone to great lengths to regulate the services as much as possible. Even though there are rules that credit repair services must abide by, it doesn't mean that all of them do.
Now that you have paid, you are on a list of people willing to fall for the scam, the threats and demands should begin to accelerate. The scammers are probably selling your name around as a good target.
Google is planning to open Gmail and YouTube to kids under the age of 13. While the company will restrict this king's ransom of new clicks to kid-friendly content, hackers could well have a field day.
Today's scammers -- especially those preying on seniors or the socially isolated -- are incredibly skilled.
Many people like me know little or nothing about their cars and don't understand what is being done to them, so they can easily be persuaded to get repairs they don't need or be subjected to other scams.
But if you think you're protected from losing cash by using a debit card, perhaps you need to rethink your definition of protection. Debit cards get scammed the same as credit cards, but that's where the similarity ends.
I used to hear stories about people who have been scammed on Craigslist and I'd think, "What idiots! How can people fall for such obvious hoaxes?" I can now classify myself as one of those idiots.