Author Archive for Keith

3 Steps to Beat the Charity Scammers

How charity scams, old and new, rake in millions: Internet Scambusters #922 Charity scammers have raked in hundreds of millions of dollars over the years — and they’re still doing it. In this week’s issue, we reveal the big-time alleged scammers of the past and the latest attempts to cash in on current topical situations. […]

Cracking the Chinese Seeds Mystery

Here’s why unordered Chinese seeds may show up in your mailbox: Internet Scambusters #921 Everybody’s talking about those mystery packages of Chinese seeds that many people have been receiving, unsolicited, in their mail deliveries. Most security and consumer experts think they’re probably part of a “brushing” scam. If so, we’ll tell you how it works […]

Impostor! Social Media Account Verification Fails Key Test

Why you can’t trust social media account verification: Internet Scambusters #920 Did we ever think that the account verification process launched by Twitter and Facebook would help us confirm the identity of political candidates and senior media figures? If so, we were wrong, as we report in this week’s issue. Not only that. In the […]

Change Your Router Password to Secure Your Home Network

Follow our instructions for setting a new router password: Internet Scambusters #919 You may practice password safety by using different ones for different sites and by updating them regularly. But that’s not enough. The key to safety on your home network is to make it as inaccessible as possible by setting a new password on […]

Will Fake News About Covid Masks Cost 33,000 Lives?

Three questions you should ask when you want to identify fake news: Internet Scambusters #918 No apologies for returning to the subject of fake news again in this week’s issue. Social media giants are stepping up the fight against misinformation and urging users to be more skeptical about what they read and share. With thousands […]

PAC Scams Blur Election Fundraising — Plus Latest Covid Alerts

Charity donors caught up in PAC scams; Plus: dispute erupts over pandemic mask “exemption” cards: Internet Scambusters #917 Political Action Groups — PACs — are being used as a front for a scam, raising millions of dollars from donors who think they’re giving to charitable causes. PACs are only loosely regulated and mainly support political […]

5 Actions to Avoid SIM Swap Scam + Latest Covid Scams

Crooks still pulling off SIM swap trick despite security clampdown: Internet Scambusters #916 SIM swapping — switching a victim’s phone number to a scammer’s new phone — is still happening, despite efforts by cell phone service providers to clamp down on the crooks. In this week’s issue, we’ll explain how the scam works and what […]

Cryptocurrency Crooks Use Covid Pandemic to Hide Scams

Coronavirus worries become a gateway for cryptocurrency scammers: Internet Scambusters #915 Scammers know how to make the most of current crisis situations to convince victims they’re legit. That’s what’s happening right now as crooks pretend to offer investment opportunities or solicit donations relating to the coronavirus pandemic. We’ll tell you what they’re up to in […]

5 Easy Steps to Hack-Proof Your Home + Latest Coronavirus Scams

How to hack-proof your network to repel crooks and scammers: Internet Scambusters #914 Most of us have more devices connected to our home networks than we realize, and hackers know all the many different ways they can use them to invade our system. While you can never 100% hack-proof your home, taking just a handful […]

Venmo Mobile Cash Users Targeted by Scammers + Coronavirus Scams Update

How to beat the Venmo scammers: Internet Scambusters #913 Sending and receiving money online from your mobile device is now easier than ever, thanks to apps like Venmo. But scammers have spotted an opportunity to use these apps to steal your money or your ID, as we explain in this week’s issue. We also have […]