Scam of the day – October 9, 2017 – Las Vegas shooting victims charity scams

Too many times since I have first started writing Scamicide.com I have had to warn you about lowlife scammers taking advantage of people wanting to help the victims of tragedies such as the recent attack on concert goers in Las Vegas and the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.  Scammers will call you, text you, email you or set up websites with the intent to steal your charitable donations.  In the case of phony charity websites, they are sometimes set up to appear to be those of legitimate charities with which you may be familiar.

TIPS

Go to www.charitynavigator.org before you consider giving to any charity.  This free website will let you know if the charity is legitimate or a scam.  It will also tell you how much of what it collects actually goes toward its charitable work and how much it spends on salaries and administration expenses.  You can also get from charitynavigator.org the phone number and website of charities that you may wish to consider.  When you are called by someone purporting to be from a charity, you can never be sure who is really calling you.

Here is a link to the page of charitynavigator.org with a list of legitimate charities aiding in the Hurricane Maria relief efforts.

https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=5356&from=homepage

Here is a link to the page of charitynavigator.org with a list of legitimate charities aiding the victims of the Las Vegas concert shootings.

A legitimate GoFundMe effort called the Las Vegas Victims Fund was started by the Nevada’s Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak to help the victims of the Las Vegas shootings.  Here is a link to that page.

https://www.gofundme.com/dr2ks2-las-vegas-victims-fund

Scam of the day – December 31, 2012 – Scams to watch for in the new year

Rather than look back on this, the last day of 2012, I think it is more productive to look ahead to what scams and identity theft schemes you should be wary of in the new year.  More and more identity theft schemes will be aimed at your smart phones and portable devices.  As we all use our smart phones and portable devices for so many activities, they have become attractive targets for identity thieves who are looking to steal information from your portable devices and smart phones to make you a victim of identity theft and even though many of us would never think about leaving our computers unprotected, many of us do not sufficiently protect our smart phones and portable devices.  Check out my new book “50 Ways to Protect Your Identity in a Digital Age” for specific advice on how to protect your smart phones and portable devices.  Also, as I warned you a few days ago, there will be major hackings by botnets into American banks.  Protect your computer from being a part of a botnet and make sure that you continually follow your bank accounts to make sure that you promptly identify any breaches of security.

Every season is scam season and you can count on February bringing Super Bowl scams and Valentine Day scams.  Prior to April there will be many scams involved with filing income tax returns.  Summer will bring many vacation scams.  The early Fall will bring scams related to hurricanes and other natural disasters.  December will bring the usual holiday shopping scams and charity scams.

TIPS

Information is power.  Read “50 Ways to Protect Your Identity in a Digital Age” and “The Truth About Avoiding Scams” to arm yourself with specific information you can use to protect yourself from scams and identity theft schemes.  Also, read this blog each and every day so that you stay current with the latest scams and identity theft schemes.  And trust me, you can’t trust anyone.