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[9 May 2013 | 4 Comments | 4,420 views]
BBB warning: Internet Explorer 8 vulnerable to scammers

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is urging all consumers and businesses to pay close attention to a Cyber Security Advisory issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding a vulnerability in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 browser (IE8) that could allow scammers to access and take over users’ computers. The risk for all users – home, business and government – is high, and BBB is urging anyone with IE8 to follow the recommended steps to address the problem.
The problem was first announced Thursday, and Wednesday night Microsoft released a temporary fix. …

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[6 May 2013 | 21 Comments | 17,819 views]
Scammy scammers and their scammy scams

Believe it or not, there are still companies out there trying to sucker people out of their cash. We’ve seen people swipe information off the Internet and use it to swindle people out of their cash for years and you’d think their tactics would be common knowledge by now.
Sadly, that appears not to be the case. Those scammy rascals are still out there and making phone calls, and that suggests that people are still get ripped off by unscrupulous people using slimy tactics.
Earlier today, I got a call on my …

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[10 Dec 2011 | 2 Comments | 7,800 views]
HARP 2 launches, Better Business Bureau warns of scams

It seems whenever a new government program is launched with the goal of helping consumers, scammers show up and start working to rip off people who are looking for financial relief.
For awhile, we had to endure a bunch of Internet chatter from scam artists promising to tap into stimulus money from the government and offer “personal bailouts” to consumers (for a fee, of course). We’ve seen bogus credit counseling schemes, mortgage refinancing scams and, well, just a number of things floated out there people wanting to take consumers’ hard earned …

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[16 Feb 2011 | No Comment | 3,537 views]
IRS email scam alive and well in 2011

It’s back and as obnoxious as ever — an email scam that dupes people into installing a virus in hopes of either avoiding trouble from the tax man or getting an email.
This isn’t a new scam, but it’s one that the IRS says is common this time of year. It’s been proven effective, too, and was the most common email scam two years ago. Why do people still fall for it even though it’s been around for awhile and people have been warned not to open attachments from unfamiliar people?
“No …

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[16 Jul 2010 | 4 Comments | 5,431 views]
Scam alert — sleazy debt collectors on the loose

Here’s one for the “how dare you” files.
About a decade ago, my wife and I ran out of money. We got behind on a few bills but did manage to muddle through and pay them off. One of those bills was for $260 to Southwestern Bell — yes, we did get the phone bill paid, albeit a bit late.
Flash forward to 2010 — I got a call this morning from a guy at some company (can’t remember the name) that said he was collecting that particular Southwestern Bell debt. I …

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[20 May 2010 | No Comment | 1,466 views]
Scam alert…

It’s amazing how you’ve got Internet scammers still actively spamming people’s email accounts in spite of all the attention that’s been focused on, well, Internet-based scams.
I got an email earlier today from a scammer who identified himself as Robert Sexton, director of business development for some bunch for SPS Solutions. Seeing how I’ve never had any dealings with SPS Solutions or, indeed, had never heard of the company, I set about searching out what information I could find about Sexton and the company that was (apparently) extending a golden opportunity …