7 Tactics Criminals Use to Perpetrate Fraud

Many people believe they are too smart to be taken in by a scam. But they miss the key point: Scammers mostly bypass your intellect and rely on sophisticated psychological and emotional manipulations to get you to say yes. “You don’t have to be a fool to be fooled,” says Robert Cialdini, author of Influence: The PsychologyContinue reading “7 Tactics Criminals Use to Perpetrate Fraud”

How to Steer Clear of a Flood-Damaged Car

Shopping for a car? With new car prices averaging more than $48,000, you may be thinking about buying used. But in the wake of disasters like Hurricane Ian, tread lightly: after a hurricane or flood, storm-damaged cars are sometimes cleaned up and taken out of state for sale. You may not know a car isContinue reading “How to Steer Clear of a Flood-Damaged Car”

Facebook Scams in Local Buy-and-Sell Groups Are on the Rise

BBB is warning Facebook users that sharing a certain kind of attention-grabbing post might put their friends at risk of falling victim to a scam. How the scam works You are scrolling through Facebook, and a gut-wrenching post about an injured, lost pet or a missing child grabs your attention. You want to help, soContinue reading “Facebook Scams in Local Buy-and-Sell Groups Are on the Rise”

Stay Away from Scams this Medicare Open Enrollment Period

If you or one of your loved ones are on Medicare, you’re probably aware that open enrollment ends on December 7. And you’re probably reviewing and comparing different options to select a plan that’s right for you. But as you shop around, know that scammers might take advantage of this period to impersonate Medicare agents. (Read More)

Data Security Applies to Charitable Organizations, Too

This week is Charity Fraud Awareness Week, an effort run by charity regulators, law enforcers, and other non-profit stakeholders from across the world. It’s an opportunity to remind charities and other non-profit organizations of how important it is to secure their networks and protect any consumer data they collect from donors, employees, and others. ThisContinue reading “Data Security Applies to Charitable Organizations, Too”

Now that the Student Loan Debt Relief Rpplication is Open, Spot the Scams

The Department of Education (ED)’s application for federal student loan debt relief is now open and, of course, scammers are on the move — trying to get your money and personal information. Luckily, there are ways to stop them, so keep reading to find out how to protect yourself as you apply for relief. (Read More)

Scammers are Posing as your TV and Internet Company

Did Spectrum or another provider call with an offer to lower your monthly TV, cable, or internet bill in exchange for a pre-payment or fee? It wasn’t them. It was a scammer, and you’re not alone. This year, the FTC has gotten thousands of reports — including many from older adults — about scammers pretendingContinue reading “Scammers are Posing as your TV and Internet Company”

How Scammers Are Using Technology With Medicare Fraud

According to the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association, health care fraud costs the US $68 billion every year. Fraudsters are always looking for ways to prey on citizens, using phone and technology scams to steal personal information. Medicare fraud and abuse usually target the elderly. With ever-advancing technology, scammers can lure them into sharing their MedicareContinue reading “How Scammers Are Using Technology With Medicare Fraud”

Considering a Medicare Advantage Plan? Be Wary of Promises

As Medicare open enrollment begins, authorities are warning beneficiaries to be aware of sometimes misleading and aggressive marketing tactics by some Medicare Advantage insurers seeking their business. We’ll tell you what the problem is, and then we’ll help you avoid falling into the trap. (Read More)