Archive for ‘scam

This is probably legal, but it still feels like a scam

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You know I love writing about illegal scams, how they work, and how to avoid them. Recently I was approached by something that seems to have all the characteristics of a scam, but it’s most likely legal.   Just this past week, I received this message, which was submitted via the Contact form on […] Read more »

Recognizing an online car sale scam

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Shopping online for a used car? You need to be able to identify the scam ads – and there are a lot of them.   Everyone wants to score a great deal when they buy a car. If you go to a car dealer, you might be able to negotiate a fair price. But […] Read more »

The RV giveaway scam

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If you’re on Facebook, you’ve most likely seen the posts talking about the Jayco RV company having a promotion and offering to give away a free RV to some lucky winner. Well… I have some bad news for you.   The Facebook post that you see was most likely shared by one of your […] Read more »

A scam that sounds very convincing

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If you read this blog or listen to my podcast regularly, you should probably by now be pretty good at spotting a scam. Or at least being suspicious enough to investigate further. But what if the scammer shows that he has your actual password?   This is one that I get calls about pretty […] Read more »

What is spearphishing?

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“Spearphishing” is one of those terms used by computer security people to describe a particular kind of computer attack. I think it’s a pretty interesting strategy to learn about.   But to understand spearphishing, we have to back up a bit and explain a few things about the fishing/phishing analogy and how one translates […] Read more »

Case Study – identifying a phishing email

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I recently had a client forward an email to me. The email told her she had to confirm her agreement to the AOL Terms of Service, or she could no longer use her email account. She was concerned that her email would get cut off. She had nothing to worry about. The email she […] Read more »

The Verification Code scam

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Today we’re talking about a scam that’s making the rounds but a lot of people aren’t aware of how it works, or even the fact that it IS a scam. But it can cause you some headaches if you fall for it.   We’ve all become pretty accustomed to verification codes. If a company […] Read more »

Scam victims can get some of their money back

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I write about scams fairly frequently on this blog. Sometimes it’s because of a new one I’ve just heard about, and I want to warn my readers to be aware of it and not get taken. In some cases, it’s because I’ve just had to deal with a client who has become the most recent […] Read more »

Watch out for this tricky AirBnB scam

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I love Airbnb and I’ve used the service several times. But unfortunately, like with many things today, the scammers have figured out a way to trick you out of your money using the Airbnb service. Here’s how it works and how you can avoid it.   I love Airbnb (use this link to get […] Read more »

Case study of a client who was (almost) scammed

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Online scams are a huge problem, and it seems like they won’t be going away anytime soon. I recently had a client who almost got scammed and wasn’t even aware of it until I explained what happened.   Laura contacted me about buying one of my refurbished laptops. Her laptop had been running really […] Read more »