Author Archive for Keith

5G Phone Confusion Opens Scam Floodgates

Three (3) new 5G phone scams you need to know about and sidestep: Internet Scambusters #937 5G phone technology is on its way. And so are the scammers. They’re using misinformation and confusion about this latest cellular communications tech to bamboozle people into paying for protection devices that don’t work or handing over money for […]

Deep Fake Video & Ransomware Blackmail Threat

AI expert explains how deep fake videos can be used to extort money: Internet Scambusters #936 A horrifying combination of deep fake videos and ransomware is looming on the scam horizon. Videos are now easily faked, showing victims in what seems to be a compromising situation — and then ransomware is used to demand a […]

Don’t Fall for These Car Buying & Selling Scams

Why online car buying and selling scams are surging: Internet Scambusters #935 Online car buying is on the rise — and so are scams associated with them. This year looks like being a record one for complaints. In this week’s issue, we focus on how crooks set up fake escrow companies to fool their victims […]

How to Spot and Stop Phone Tracking Apps

5 important rules for eliminating or limiting phone tracking: Internet Scambusters #934 Phone tracking apps let people know where you are, and in many cases that may be okay. But if you don’t know who these people are or why they’re doing it, that could spell trouble. This week we’ll explain the telltale signs you’re […]

Spy Agency Expert’s Tips on Spotting Fake News

Speaking from experience: Former CIA analyst says this is how to check for fake news: Internet Scambusters #933 No apologies for returning to the topic of fake news in this issue — especially as we have insights from an ex-CIA analyst plus a link to a free 18-page guide. The spy agency expert shows how […]

How a Great Deal Lures You Into a Survey Scam

Anatomy of a survey scam — plus a yard-sign text warning: Internet Scambusters #932 We have two new and very sneaky scams this week about completing product surveys and receiving text messages about signs you might have planted in your front yard. With the help of Internet security firm Sophos, we’ll walk you through the […]

7 Top Anti-Scam Tips for Cyber Security Month

Cyber security campaign urges everyone to “do your part” for online safety: Internet Scambusters #931 October is annual Cyber Security Month, a timely event as Americans fall victim to billions of dollars of online fraud every year — with worse to come. Campaign organizers, who include the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, want […]

Call Spoofing: It’s Down to You to Spot and Stop

How call spoofing works and how to identify it: Internet Scambusters #930 We’ve written many times about call spoofing of phone numbers — but is there a way to stop these fake number calls? The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is trying its best; plans to introduce new rules and technology are on the way but […]

Home Working Network Attacks Lead 2020 Scam Surge

How to cope with latest scam surge: Internet Scambusters #929 If we didn’t already know that 2020 has turned into one of the craziest-ever years, crooks driving a new scam surge have delivered the proof. Ninety percent of all health alert websites are fake, more than half a million web conferencing accounts have been compromised, […]

Blessing Loom Scam Could Land You in Jail

Blessing loom program is an illegal pyramid scheme: Internet Scambusters #928 A “Blessing Loom” may sound like a highly beneficial program or even a sacred object. But it’s nothing of the sort. It’s a pyramid scheme and a scam that could draw you into an illegal involvement, which could, in turn, land you in jail. […]