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Sweepstakes scam takes a social media twist

Everyone loves getting something for nothing. And scammers have been cashing in on that desire for a long time, through phone, email, text message... and now the new social media app Snapchat. Snapchat is popular with teens and young adults for its ability to send photos and videos that vanish after viewing.

How scammers are hacking Pinterest accounts

Just like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram before it, Pinterest is becoming a new outlet for scammers. Watch out for con artists who access users' accounts and pin spammy products. 

Got a website? Don't be fooled by this domain name con

Businesses beware. Scammers in Asia are trying to trick you into paying a premium for your website domain names. Don't fall for these scare tactics.

Look-alike smartphone app is malware in disguise

When the maker of the popular smartphone app, Flappy Bird, pulled the hit game after just a month, scammers rose up to meet demand. Unfortunately, some copies of the app come with undesirable side affects.

Fooled by a fake funeral notice

Email users are increasingly savvy about spotting scam messages. So scammers are always on the hunt for new ways to evade the "delete" button. This scam email, disguised as a funeral notification, reaches a new low.

Check your credit card statement for these charges

With this new con, scammers are banking on the fact that many consumers don't check their credit card statements all that carefully. Don't fall for it. Review your recent statements for unexplained charges of $9.84 and contest them with your bank or credit card issuer (call the number on the back of your card).

How cold temps are triggering utility company scams

Scammers are taking advantage of the cold winter weather by impersonating electric and gas company representatives. Scammers are threating residents and business owners with deactivation of service... unless they pay up immediately.

Scams pop up in wake of Target data breach

Scammers are taking advantage of the data breach that compromised Target customers' credit and debit card information. Watch for con artists using this highly public event to fool consumers into sharing their credit card and/or personal information.

That's not me! Impostor Facebook accounts fool friends

Fake Facebook profiles are a problem nearly as old as the social media site itself. Brands and celebrity pages are particularly prone to copies. But scammers also impersonate ordinary people in attempt to scam their friends and family. 

How Fake Shipping Notifications are Fooling Holiday Shoppers

Scammers are taking advantage of the holiday shopping season with fake email shipping notifications that pose as FedEx, UPS or the United States Postal Service. 

 New Social Media, Same Old Scam Accounts

 It was only a matter of time before scammers started taking advantage of Instagram, the photo sharing smartphone app. Instagram...

  Robocalls Fool Verizon Customers with Fake Credit

Verizon Wireless customers, watch out for robocalls that claim you are eligible for a credit on your account. It's really... 

 Scammers Emerge After Devastating Typhoon Haiyan

 The scammers are at it again. With every horrific natural disaster, comes a despicable scammer who thinks they can make...

  This Veterans Day, Watch Out for Scam Job Ads

 Fresh out of the military and searching for their next career move, new veterans are particularly susceptible to job hunt...

  Fake Debt Collectors Threaten Victims with Lawsuits & Arrests

 Don't give in to harassing calls from fake debt collectors who try to pressure you into paying money that you...

 Scammers 'Hijack' Business Names For Use in Cons

Businesses are reporting that scammers are 'hijacking' their names, using them for everything from fraudulent credit card purchases to scam...

 Scammers Impersonate Police with Spoofed Caller ID

Scammers have a new disguise just in time for Halloween. Con artists are taking advantage of caller ID spoofing technology...

  The Truth Behind the Area Code Scam

 Rumors are circulating about so-called 'scam area codes'. According to emails, blog posts and social media on the subject, consumers are...

  Yellow Pages Scam Targets Small Businesses

 Business owners, watch out! Scammers are invoicing companies for online ads they never placed and using the Yellow Pages name to...