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Scam of the day – August 28, 2022 – Apartment Rental Scams Heating Up

Scammers often go to Craigslist and other similar sites to post their phony apartment listings.   The scam usually starts with a listing that looks quite legitimate and there is a good reason for that.  The listing is often a real on-line listing that has been copied by the scammer who merely puts in his or her name and contact information.  The price is usually very low which attracts a lot of potential renters.  The potential renters are sometimes told that the owner is out of the country and that there are many people interested in the property so if the tenant wants to be considered for renting it, the tenant has to wire money to the landlord somewhere outside of the country immediately.  As I have warned you many times, wiring money is a scammer’s first choice because it is all but impossible to retrieve once you learn that you have been scammed.  Too often, unwary potential tenants wire the money and never hear anything further from the scam landlord.  As for the money, it is gone forever.

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Scam of the day – August 27, 2022 – “Free” COVID Tests Scams

More than two years into the Coronavirus pandemic, the disease while somewhat abated still remains a threat and many of us are still taking tests to determine whether or not we are infected.  Fortunately, there are a number of options for getting free test kits.  Unfortunately, scammers are contacting people offering “free” test kits, but instead steal personal information, often your Medicare number that an either lead to identity theft or detrimentally affect your Medicare coverage.

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Scam of the day – August 26, 2022 – Bank Text Message Scams

Phony text messages like this can be particularly problematic if you have signed up to receive text message alerts from your bank. Whenever you receive a text message you can never be sure who is really sending it to you, so you should never call a telephone number indicated in the text message, provide information or click on links in such text messages which may either download ransomware malware on to your phone or keystroke logging malware that can lead to your becoming a victim of identity theft.

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Scam of the day – August 25, 2022 – Medicare Medical Equipment Scam

Scammers are calling older Americans on the phone and telling them that they qualify for free medical equipment such as back braces, knee braces or other durable medical equipment.  They tell the seniors that all they need to do is to provide their Medicare number to the caller who purports to be a legitimate medical equipment provider.  If you receive such a call, you should know it is a scam.

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Scam of the day – August 23, 2022 – Deadline Approaching on Refunds for Victims of Phony Government Website

On Point Global is a company that between January 2017 and December of 2019 operated a scam in which they set up hundreds of deceptive websites that promised quick and easy government services such as renewing a driver’s license or applying for various public benefit programs.  The names of the websites were quite misleading with names such as DMV.com and floridadriverslicense.org that led people to believe they were dealing with legitimate government entities.The truth is that when consumers paid for assistance in obtaining the promised services, they merely received a PDF containing publicly available information that was readily available elsewhere for free.  In other instances, consumers provided personal information, purportedly to enable On Point Global to determine if they were eligible for public benefits, but instead  all they received were unwanted sales and marketing contacts.

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Scam of the day – August 21, 2022 – Insidious New PayPal Phishing Scam

However, recently we have seen a particularly insidious and new phony invoice phishing scam.  The email that you receive not only purports to be from PayPal, but the email address of the sender is that of a real PayPal account which either came from a phony PayPal account opened by the scammer or from a legitimate PayPal account that had been hacked.  Either way, the email address of the sender appears to be quite legitimate.  If you respond to the email by calling the customer service number contained in the email, you will be prompted to download a remote administration tool which will enable the scammer to take control over everything in your computer including all of your online accounts including online bank accounts.

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Scam of the day – August 20, 2022 – FTC Refunding Money to Victims of Student Loan Scam

In 2021 the FTC settled its claims against Student Advocates Team LLC and other related defendants who had been accused of charging illegal upfront fees that they led consumers to believe were being applied to their student loans.  Student Advocates Team also falsely promised they could permanently lower or even eliminate consumers’ loan payments or balances.  Pursuant to the settlement, Student Advocates Team LLC will no longer be able to be in the debt relief business.  Now, a year later, the FTC is refunding more than $822,000 to victims of Student Advocates scam.

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Scam of the day – August 19, 2022 – DocuSign Phishing Scam

DocuSign is a company that provides technology for the transmission of contracts and other documents with features for electronic signatures and is used by many businesses.  There has been an increasing number of scams in which phony DocuSign messages are being used to sending malware infected links and phishing links luring people into providing personal information that is used for identity theft purposes. 

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Scam of the day – August 18, 2022 – Capital One Data Breach Settlement

What’s in someone else’s wallet may not be Capital One’s advertising slogan, but it may describe your personal information following the 2019 disclosure of a major data breach at Capital One affecting more than 100 million of its American customers and 6 million of its Canadian customers.  Capital One is the third biggest credit card issuer in the United States.  The stolen information was contained in credit card applications that were accessed by Paige A. Thompson who formerly worked for Amazon Web Services which hosts the Capital One data base.  Thompson was convicted in June of criminal charges related to the hacking of Capital One and will be sentenced on September 15th.Now a class action brought on behalf of the victims of the data breach has been settled.  Originally the date for filing a claim to receive benefits from the 180 million dollar settlement was August 22nd, but that date has been extended to September 30th.  If you believe you were a victim of this data breach and did not yet file a claim you can do so at the class action settlement website. https://www.capitalonesettlement.com/en/Home/SubmitClaim

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Scam of the day – August 16, 2022 – FTC Shuts Down Phony Supplement Companies

In April I told you that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) came to a proposed settlement of its lawsuit against Health Research Laboratories, LLC, Whole Body Supplements LLC and their owner Kramer Duhon.  The settlement has now been approved and finalized by the FTC.  Under the terms of the settlement  the defendants are permanently barred from advertising or selling their dietary supplements, The Ultimate Heart Formula, BG18 and Black Garlic Botanicals, that they falsely claimed could prevent or treat cardiovascular disease as well as a wide range of other diseases.

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Scam of the day – August 15, 2022 – Facebook Marketplace Zelle Scam

Facebook Marketplace is a popular and convenient place for people to buy and sell things so, of course, scammers are drawn to it.  A new scam turning up on Facebook Marketplace starts when you list an item for more than a few hundred dollars.  Shortly thereafter you are contacted by a scammer posing as a legitimate buyer who wants you to use Zelle, Venmo or any other P2P Service to pay you for the item. Then the fun begins (for the scammer).  You next receive an email that purports to have been sent by Zelle indicating that the buyer paid you through a Zelle “business account and that you need to upgrade your personal Zelle account to a business account in order to receive the payment from the scammer posing as the buyer.  You are then told that in order to upgrade your account, the amount sent to you needs to be increased by $300.  The scammer then tells you that he or she will gladly send you an additional $300 through Zelle in order to enable the transaction if you merely refund the excess payment to them through Zelle.  Of course, soon after refunding the $300, which was never paid by the scammer to begin with, the scam victim realizes he or she has just been scammed out of $300.

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Scam of the day – August 14, 2022 – FTC Refunding Millions to Victims of Predatory Loan Scam

In 2018 I told you that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sued Lending Club Corporation, accusing it of luring consumers into predatory loans with promises of “no hidden fees” when, in fact, Lending Club added hidden up-front fees of as much as thousands of dollars to the loans it made to unwary consumers. Lending Club also violated numerous other lending law laws including continuing automatic payments from their victims’ checking accounts after the customer had cancelled the automatic payment option or even after having paid off their entire loan.  Now, after a settlement was reached between Lending Club Corporation and the FTC, 9.7 million dollars is being sent by the FTC to victims of the scam.  For more information about the details of the refunds, go to the tab marked “FTC Refunds” in the middle of the first page of Scamicide.com

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Scam of the day – August 13, 2022 – TSA PreCheck Scam

Unfortunately, scammers, of course, have been taking advantage of people trying to sign up for the TSA PreCheck program and are setting up phony websites that appear to be official websites of the TSA.  They then lure you into providing personal information they use to make you a victim of identity theft as well as steal the money they charge you online for a phony TSA PreCheck enrollment.  Recently we have seen the scammers charging $140 for their worthless services.  The actual enrollment price is $70.

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Scam of the day – August 12, 2022 – Customs and Border Protection Phone Scams

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is warning people about a new scam in which people are receiving calls with recorded messages from scammers posing as  either U.S. Border Patrol agents, CBP  employees or Customs and Border Protection officers.  The message says that “a box of drugs and money being shipped has your name on it and has been intercepted.”  In another variation of this scam, the recorded message indicates that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest.  In both cases, the targeted victim is instructed to provide personal information such as banking information and Social Security numbers.  Often the calls demand a payment through cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, or gift cards.

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Scam of the day – August 11, 2022 – Phony Health Insurer Agrees to Refund 100 Million Dollars to Scam Victims

There is no question that researching health insurance plans can be very confusing.  Unfortunately there have been many instances where scammers have exploited this confusion and sold worthless programs to people.  Recently the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settled a complaint it brought against Benefytt Technologies, Inc and its partners who misled people into thinking they were buying Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliant heath insurance or product with the same benefits as ACA insurance, but instead sold their victims products they didn’t want or need leaving them unprotected when they needed to access what they thought was their health insurance.

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Scam of the day – August 9, 2022 – Geek Squad Renewal Invoice Scam

Geek Squad is a subsidiary of big box store chain Best Buy and it offers excellent tech support for electronic devices including televisions and computers.  They are a popular company used by many people. Lately,  scammers have been sending phishing emails that appear to be Geek Squad invoices. In February 12th’s Scam of the day I showed you one of those phishing emails that appeared quite convincing.   It looked like a legitimate email from Geek Squad, although the grammar was not particularly good which is one of many indications that it was a scam. These types of phishing emails are intended to lure you into contacting the scammers where you will be prompted to provide  information that will lead to your becoming a victim of identity theft.

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Scam of the day – August 8, 2022 – TIGTA Warns About IRS Impersonation Scams

Impostor scams have long been among the most lucrative for scammers.  While there are many variations of this scam, the most common variations have involved scammers calling their intended victims on the telephone posing as some governmental agency such as the, FBI, IRS or the Social Security Administration.  The scammer then, under a wide variety of pretenses, demands an immediate payment by gift cards, credit card or wired funds. Being asked to pay by gift cards is a definite indication that the call is a scam since no governmental agency requests or accepts payments by gift cards.   Alternatively, the scammer demands the victim supply the phony governmental agent with personal information such as your Social Security number which will then be used for identity theft purposes.

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Scam of the day – August 7, 2022 – Bank Remote Access Scam

Remote access scams are increasing and when the scammer posing as your bank lures you into providing remote access to your bank account, the result can be disastrous.  In one instance, the scam started with a phone call from a scammer posing as an employee of Avast, a popular security software company.  The scammer told his victim that due to the Coronavirus, the company could not continue to provide services to him and that they would be refunding him $500.  The scammers then told him that they had mistakenly refunded thousands of dollars into his account and therefore needed to get remote access to his bank account in order to withdraw the excess amount “mistakenly” sent to him.  The victim fell for the scam and provided them remote access to his account whereupon they emptied all of his bank accounts.  By the time the victim realized he had been scammed and reported it to his bank, the money had been already withdrawn from both his bank and the bank to which the scammers had the funds in his account transferred.

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Scam of the day – August 6, 2022 – FTC Refunding Money to Victims of Phantom Debt Collection Scam

Receiving a telephone call from a debt collector is not a pleasant experience. Being hounded by someone attempting to collect a debt you do not owe constitutes fraud. In 2019 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settled a complaint that it had brought against the operators of several phony debt collection services using names such as GAFS Group, Global Mediation Group and Mediation Services and now the FTC is sending money to the victims of the scam by either a PayPal payment or a check in the mail.

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Scam of the day – August 5, 2022 – Mystery Shopper Scams Continue

I have written many times over the last ten years about the mystery shopper scam because it continues to ensnare unwary victims. Unfortunately, these scams continue to be effective and are increasing in number so it is important to remind you about them again.   Mystery shoppers are people hired to shop at a particular store and report on the shopping experience for purposes of quality control. Unlike many scams, there actually are legitimate mystery shopper companies, but they never advertise or recruit through emails, text messages or letters.
The manner in which the scam generally works is that when you answer an advertisement, or respond to a letter, email or a text message to become a mystery shopper, you are sent a bank check. You  deposit the check into your own account and spend some of the money on the goods that you purchase which you are allowed to keep and also are directed to keep some of the balance of the check as payment for your services. You are instructed to return the remaining funds by a wire transfer.

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Scam of the day – August 4, 2022 – Phony Coupon Scams

Everyone loves coupons and like many things in our lives, coupons which used to be found commonly in newspapers and magazines have migrated online.  In recent years scammers have been perpetrating phony coupon scams on social media.  Among the companies affected by these phony coupons were Bath and Body Works, Costco, Aldi, Starbucks and Trader Joe’s. As I have warned you many times in the past, Facebook has become a hotbed for phony online coupons. The phony coupons looks quite legitimate which means nothing because it is very easy to copy the company logos and make the coupons appear to be genuine.

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Scam of the day – August 3, 2022 – Pandemic Scammers Ordered to Make Refunds to Customers

Since the start of the pandemic, many people turned to online merchandisers to buy Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks, face shields and sanitizers.  Unfortunately, some online merchandisers who promised customers quick delivery either did not deliver the products in a timely fashion, or, even worse, failed to send anything at all.  In August of 2020 I told you that the FTC filed lawsuits against the companies Glowyy and American Screening, LLC alleging these companies failed to deliver their products as advertised and in some instances did not deliver the products at all.  According to the FTC, these companies also failed to notify customers of delayed shipments, failed to offer refunds, failed to honor refund requests and in some instances sent defective items. Now two years later, the FTC has won its cases against both Glowyy and American Screening.  Pursuant to the court’s judgment they will be required to pay more than 17.6 million dollars to the FTC to be refunded to defrauded customers.  As more details become known about the specifics of the refund program, I will report them to you.

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Scam of the day – August 2, 2022 – Virginia State Police Warn About Phone Scam

Recently the Virginia State Police issued a warning about an increase in phone scams in which the caller poses as a law enforcement officer who tells the targeted victim of the scam that his or her identity has been stolen and used by someone who has committed a crime using their name and that there is an arrest warrant for the targeted scam victim.  The scammer then goes on to tell the targeted victim that the criminal charges will be dropped if the targeted victim makes a payment either through wiring funds or by sending gift card information.  While this warning was from the Virginia State Police, this scam has been widely reported around the country.

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Scam of the day – August 1, 2022 – Twitter Suffers a Major Data Breach

Data breaches continue to a major problem for all of us.  Regardless of how well you protect the security of your personal information on your own computers and devices, you are only as safe as the places that hold your information with the weakest security.  In just the last three weeks I have informed you about data breaches as T-Mobile, Neopets and Marriott affecting millions of people and now we have learned about a data breach at Twitter affecting 5.4 million Twitter users.  Compromised information includes email addresses and phone numbers which although not as threatening to your well being as Social Security numbers, bank account information and credit card numbers still puts you in jeopardy of identity theft.

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Scam of the day – July 31, 2022 – Uber Settles Criminal Charges Related to 2016 Data Breach

I first reported to you about a massive data breach at Uber in a Scam of the day in November of 2017. Unfortunately, the data breach had actually occurred in 2016 and Uber did not disclose that it had suffered the data breach until 2017. Personal information including names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers of 20 million Uber users and employees was stolen.

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Scam of the day – July 30, 2022 – Romance Scam Arrest

Federal law enforcement has recently arrested Fola Alabi accusing him of conducting a romance scam in which he scammed women, most of whom were between 70 and 80 years old and widowed or divorced out of approximately a million dollars  According to the criminal complaint against him, Alabi contacted his victims on Facebook and other social media posing as an American Army General overseas.  Among the names he used were General Miller, General Welsh, General Berrier and General Goddard. As is typical of these types of scams, after convincing his victims of his love for them, he manipulated them into sending him money under a wide variety of pretenses.  One of the women sent him $334,000.

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Scam of the day – July 29, 2022 – T-Mobile Agrees to $500 Million Dollar Settlement of 2021 Data Breach

Now T-Mobile has settled a class action brought against it by victims of the data breach.  According to the terms of the settlement, the company will pay $350 million dollars to settle the claims of the victims and spend an additional $150 million dollars to improve its cybersecurity.  Typical in such settlements, T-Mobile did not admit any negligence or wrong doing, however, anytime a company pays a half a billion dollars to resolve a claim, it can be pretty much understood that it is an admission of liability even if not said so in so many words.

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Scam of the day – July 28, 2022 – Mavis Wanczyk Lottery Scams Continue to Claim Victims

Many of you may not remember the name of Mavis Wanczyk, but she 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. In addition, phony social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram were also set up in Ms. Wanczyk’s name through which people were contacted with the same phony offer of free money informing them that in order to qualify for the grant they merely needed to provide personal information.

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Scam of the day – July 27, 2022 – Go Fund Me Scammer Sentenced to Prison

It started out in November of 2017 as a feel-good story about Johnny Bobbitt, a homeless veteran, who, according to the story reported throughout the media, gave his last twenty dollars to Katelyn McClure a stranded motorist who had run out of gas at the side of a road in Philadelphia, The story continued with McClure and her then boyfriend, Mark D’Amico starting a GoFundMe account for Bobbitt that raised $400,000 of donations from more than 14,000 people touched by the story. But then the story began to unravel. First, Bobbitt sued McClure and D’Amico alleging that they shared little of the money raised with him, but instead used the money to fund a lavish lifestyle. Eventually all three had criminal charges of conspiracy and theft by deception brought against them by prosecutors alleging that the entire story was a sham and that the three concocted the story in order to scam people into making donations. According to prosecutors, the three had met at a casino and came up with the scam. The story about being stranded by the roadside, prosecutors say, was totally fabricated. It should be noted, however, that the one truth in this entire story is that Johnny Bobbitt was a homeless veteran.

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Scam of the day – July 26, 2022 – Robotext Messages Increasing Dramatically

The bad news is that the number of robotext message has increased dramatically from a billion per month in 2021 to more than 12 billion per month now.  Although it is hard to believe, phone companies do not have a legal obligation to block scam related illegal text messages.  It is hoped that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will change this and enact new rules requiring phone companies to take action to reduce these scam related robotext messages.  Last year, acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel proposed new rules that would require mobile service providers to block illegal texts, but those rules have not yet been enacted.

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Scam of the day – July 25, 2022 – New Report Highlights Flaws in Postal Services Change of Address Service

I have warned you a number of times in the past about the danger of identity theft that occurs when criminals steal your mail from your mailbox.  Among the dangers of mail theft are criminals gathering personal information contained in your mail to set up accounts in your name or getting your credit card bill and using the information in your bill to access your credit card.  However, sometimes the criminals don’t even have to steal your mail, they can get the United States Postal Service USPS) to deliver your mail directly to the criminal by submitting a change of address form with the post office on your behalf either in person or online that results in your mail being sent directly to the criminal.

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Scam of the day – July 24, 2022 – Lowe’s Air Conditioner Sweepstakes Scam

During the heatwave that is gripping much of the country, winning a free air conditioner can be very attractive which is why, quite frankly, scammers are sending out phishing emails that appear to come from Lowe’s Home Improvement that tell the recipients of the email that they have just won a free air conditioner, in a sweepstakes that they never entered.

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Scam of the day – July 23, 2022 – 69 Million People Affected by Data Breach at Neopets

Data breaches have become a part of every day life and their numbers continue to increase.  In the first three months of 2022 alone there were 404 major data breaches.   The latest major data breach involves Neopet which is a virtual pet website used by millions.  Earlier this week, Neopets confirmed that it had suffered a major data breach in which usernames, email addresses, passwords, dates of birth, and other information of 69 million of its users were stolen in a data breach.  The stolen data is already being sold to other cybercriminals on the Dark Web, that part of the Internet where criminals buy and sell goods and services.

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Scam of the day – July 22, 2022 – Summer Car Rental Scams

With the Coronavirus pandemic waning, more and more people are intending to take a summer vacation and for many people that means renting a car.  The bad news is that due to so many people wanting to rent cars there is both a shortage of cars to rent and the cost of renting a car has increased in many cases dramatically.  However, your friendly neighborhood scammer is more than willing to help you out.  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. 

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Scam of the day – July 21, 2022 – FTC Returning Millions to Victims of Sweepstakes Scam

In 2019 I told you that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Attorney General of Missouri settled charges of sweepstakes fraud it brought against Kevin Brandes, William Graham and their shell corporations regarding deceptive mailers they sent to their mostly elderly victims around the world with headings such as “Congratulations, You Have Just Won $1,230.946.00”  Other mailers invited the victims to play “games of skill” without clearly disclosing the fees that they had to pay.  The final round of the game consisted of a tremendously complex mathematical puzzle that was pretty much unsolvable.  Many victims of the scam paid time and time again to play games that were rigged against them.  The defendants turned over more than 24 million dollars in cash and personal property that was sold to raise further funds to be used to make refunds to victims of the scam.  Now the FTC is using those funds to reimburse victims of the scam.  The FTC is making payments through PayPal and by checks.  Checks must be deposited and PayPal payments must be claimed no later than October 17, 2022.

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Scam of the day – July 20, 2022 – FTC Takes Further Action Against Magazine Telemarketers

In 2010 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) obtained  permanent injunction against Publishers Business Services and its officers shutting down its illegal magazine telemarketing scam.  Publishers Business Services called its victims pretending to conduct a survey.  At the end of the phony survey they offered free or low-cost magazine subscriptions, but within weeks billed their victims hundreds of dollars for the magazine subscriptions.  Now the FTC got a further court order holding the officers of Publishers Business Services financially responsible for their scam.

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Scam of the day – July 18, 2022 – Sextortion Scam Becomes Deadly

I have been warning you about sextortion scams for seven years, but a story reported on CNN indicates how this scam can become deadly.  Ryan Last was a 17 year old California boy who corresponded with someone online pretending to be a teenage girl who sent a nude photo purporting to be of herself to Ryan and asked him to share a nude photo in return.  When he did the scammer then demanded $5,000 or else the scammer said he or she would post the photo online and send it to Ryan’s family and friends.  Overwhelmed by the situation, Ryan committed suicide that night.

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Scam of the day – July 17, 2022 – Massive Health Care Data Breach

Data breaches have become a part of every day life and their numbers continue to increase.  In the first three months of 2022 alone there were 404 major data breaches.   The latest major data breach involves Professional Finance Company (PFC) which operates a debt collection service for thousands of health care organizations to process customer and patient unpaid bills and outstanding balances.  This month PFC  disclosed that it was hit with a ransomware attack last February

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Scam of the day – July 16, 2022 – Watch out for Student Loan Robocall Scams

Since the start of the pandemic, a moratorium on federal student loan repayments has been extended seven times, most recently in April with the extension now ending on August 31st. The sudden resumption of payments by 40 million student loan borrowers at that time will surely prompt scammers to contact students and their families with a wide variety of scams related to repayment or forgiveness of student loans.  Some scammers will be contacting students posing as the student’s loan servicer.  In order to verify that you are being contacted by your real loan servicer, you can go to the Department of Education’s federal student aid website where you can get detailed information on your current student loan servicer including contact information.  Here is that link.  https://studentaid.gov/

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Scam of the day – July 15, 2022 – Deed Fraud Scammer Arrested

Deed fraud, which is also referred to as “property title theft” occurs when a criminal files a counterfeit deed to property owned by someone else and then either lives in the property or even sells the property to an unwary buyer.  Deed fraud most commonly occurs after a homeowner dies.  Enterprising criminals monitor the obituaries looking for homes owned by people recently deceased and then forge a deed to the property and record it in the local Registry of Deeds.

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Scam of the day – July 13, 2022 – FBI Investigating Cryptocurrency Scams on LinkedIn

According to FBI Special Agent Sean Regan, scammers are using the popular business networking platform LinkedIn to lure unsuspecting victims into cryptocurrency scams.  The scams start when the scammer creates a phony profile on LinkedIn and then contacts other LinkedIn users initially with innocuous communications designed to establish trust.  After a while the conversation then turns to cryptocurrency investments with the scammer first directing the scammer to a legitimate cryptocurrency investment platform, but then after a few months the scammer advises the targeted victim to move the cryptocurrency account to another cryptocurrency site, but this time, the site is a phony one set up the scammer and although it looks legitimate, it is a total scam.  Once the funds are transferred to the scammer’s phony cryptocurrency site, which, by the way can look quite legitimate, the scammer takes the money and runs.

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Scam of the day – July 12, 2022 – Amazon Prime Day Phishing Scam

July 12th is the beginning of Amazon Prime Day.  I say the beginning because Amazon Prime Day actually extends from July 12th through July 13th.  Amazon Prime Day is a global promotion of Amazon featuring sales on a variety of items available solely to Amazon Prime members.  There is always great interest in Amazon Prime Day and as with everything else that attracts great interest by the public, it also attracts great interest by scammers who are eager to take advantage of people participating in Amazon Prime Day. 

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Scam of the day – July 10, 2022 – Phony Government Grant Scams

Recently there have been an increase in scams involving scammers convincing their victims that they are eligible for large government grants if they merely pay a processing fee.  This is a scam.  The federal government does not charge fees for applying for grants.  Additionally, the scammers perpetrating this scam also often ask for personal information such as your birth date and Social Security number which they use to make you a victim of identity theft. 

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