Scams

W-2 phishing scam targets consumers’ tax refunds

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is warning employers to be on guard against the Form W-2 phishing scam as tax season gets underway. The scheme defrauded thousands of taxpayers and hundreds of organizations last year,…


Home-based business marketer settles deception charges

A company that marketed “business coaching” courses to people starting home-based businesses has agreed to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC had charged Internet Teaching and Training Specialists LLC (ITT) with…


SEC busts alleged Ponzi scheme targeting seniors

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed charges against California businessman Robert Shapiro, alleging he used a group of phony firms — called the Woodbridge Group of Companies LLC — to dupe thousands…


Three scams that target seniors

The grandparent scam, 419 email scam, and phony bank employee scam remain big threats By Mark Huffman of ConsumerAffairs August 18, 2017 Scammers love to prey on older victims. They oftenhave money and they’re usually…


Telephone scams more numerous and dangerous in 2017

Unwanted telephone calls to consumers increased 76 percent in 2017, according to a data analysis compiled by Hiya, a free call-screening app. These mostly robocalls can represent annoying interruptions, or they can be dangerous scams…




Beware of phishing scams this holiday season

The holidays are a busy time for buying gifts and other items, but unfortunately it’s also a time when consumers need to be on the lookout for potential scams. Phishing scams, in particular, tend to…


Avoiding Amazon-related phishing scams

One of the latest promises $50 for writing a review By Mark Huffman of ConsumerAffairs September 5, 2017 Joseph Steinberg recently got an email that appeared to be from Amazon, thanking him for making a…


Dangerous scam targets home buyers at closing

Buying a home can be a stressful, nerve-wracking experience under the best of circumstances. If you’re nearing closing on a new home, don’t let that stress make you vulnerable a dangerous new scam. There have…