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Scam of the day – June 13, 2021 – Is it You in the Video Scam

The scam starts when you receive a Facebook message with a link to what appears to be a video, which many people would be tempted to click on out of a concern that the video may be significant, however, when you click on the link, you are taken to a phony Facebook login page.  If you fall for the scam and type in your username and password, you will have turned over control of your Facebook account to a criminal.

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Scam of the day – June 12, 2021 – New Chase Phishing Email

Phishing emails, by which scammers and identity thieves attempt to lure you into either clicking on links contained within the email which download malware or providing personal information that will be used to make you a victim of identity theft, are nothing new.   They are a staple of identity thieves and scammers and with good reason because they work. Chase is a popular target for this type of phishing email because it is one of the largest banks in the United States.  Like so many phishing emails, this one attempts to lure you into responding by making you think there is an emergency to which you must respond.

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Scam of the day – June 11, 2021 – Mavis Wanczyk Scam Strikes Again

Mavis Wanczyk was the lucky winner of a 758 million dollar Powerball drawing in 2017. Not long after she claimed her prize, a scam started appearing in which many people received emails with the message line referring to the Mavis  Wanczyk Cash Grant. The email indicated that you were chosen to receive a large cash grant from Mavis  Wanczyk. All the lucky strangers receiving the emails had to do was provide personal information in order to qualify for the grant.

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Scam of the day – June 10, 2021 – Advance Child Tax Credit Payment Scams Will be Coming Soon

However, beginning on July 15th and continuing monthly until December of 2021,  ARPA provides for monthly payments to eligible families.  These payments will be an advance on the families’ child tax credit.  Eligible people will get up to half of their child tax credit in these monthly payments and the other half when they file their 2021 federal income tax returns. But scammers will be contacting people posing as government officials using this as a hook for purposes of identity theft.

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Scam of the day – June 9, 2021 – More to Worry About When You Rent a Car

When you connect your smartphone to a rental car in order to access the car’s infotainment system and other connected features the car may store personal information of yours, such as your mobile phone number, message logs, contact lists and even the content of text messages you received while connected to the car.  If you don’t delete this information when you return the car, this information can be accessed by future renters of the car, employees of the rental car company or knowledgeable hackers.

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Scam of the day – June 8, 2021 – Summer Car Rental Scams

They are setting up phony car rental company websites and websites that appear to be those of legitimate car rental companies such as Avis or Hertz.  Often these phony websites appear high on a Google or other search engine search because the more sophisticated scammers are able to manipulate the algorithms used by search engines to position a website in a search result.  Already, many victims of this scam are finding themselves without a car and losing the money they paid for the non-existent car rental.

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Scam of the day – June 7, 2021 – Congress Considering the Fraud and Scam Reduction Act

Recently 47 state Attorneys General sent a letter to Congress urging the passage of H.R. 1215, the Fraud and Scam Reduction Act. This bill has two sections.  The first is the Stop Senior Scam Act and the second is the Seniors Fraud Prevention Act of 2021.  According to the FBI elder fraud and scams cost American seniors almost 3 billion dollars each year and the instances of elder fraud exploitation has quadrupled in recent years according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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Scam of the day – June 5, 2021 – Facebook Copyright Violation Scam

Scammers love to take over Facebook accounts because people generally trust the posts put up by their friends that appear on their Facebook page.  These people forget my motto of “trust me, you can’t trust anyone” and often click on links in these posts or provide information in response to these posts which generally don’t present a problem, but when the post that you think is that of your friend is really from a scammer who has taken over your friend’s Facebook account, the link you click on may download dangerous malware and the information you provide may enable the criminal to make you a victim of identity theft.

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Scam of the day – June 2, 2021 – Go Fund Me Scam in Wake of San Jose Mass Shooting

Recently there have been a surge in mass shootings around the country including one at a rail yard in San Jose, California in which nine men were killed.  Soon after the shooting a phony GoFundMe page was set up for Michael Rudornetkin one of the men killed people in the shooting.  It has since been taken down, but two more phony GoFundMe pages for victims were soon posted.

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