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Class Action Lawsuits: The Rules and the Scams

What you need to know about class action lawsuits and related scams: Internet Scambusters #856 What do you do when you receive a notification that you’re involved in a class action lawsuit? Is it genuine or a scam? And how do you respond if it’s the real deal? We have the answers to these and […]

Crooks Learn How to Clone Latest Chipcards

Why that chipcard may not be as safe as you think: Internet Scambusters #855 Although they’re still a lot safer than the old types, new chipcards that replace cards with a magnetic strip, they’re not as invulnerable as you might have thought. That’s because scammers have learned how to steal information from them as we […]

Fake Giveaways, Jobs, Followers and More Among Latest Instagram Scams

Young people are targets and victims as Instagram users hit one billion: Internet Scambusters #854 There’s no doubting the success of social media site Instagram. But just like its parent company, Facebook, success also draws in scammers like bees to honey. In this week’s issue, we outline the latest Instagram scams and signpost where you […]

Scammers Hide Behind Padlock Security Symbol to Trick Victims

Snippets issue highlights unsafe padlock icons, new scam payment tactics and phony water safety check: Internet Scambusters #853 That padlock icon in your browser address bar that you used to rely on to signal website safety can no longer be trusted — because crooks are now using them as well. In this week’s Snippets issue, […]

How Romance Scammers Convince Their Victims

6 psychological tricks romance scammers use: Internet Scambusters #852 Romance scams have been around for years but they still work, netting crooks their biggest haul from con tricks. Why do they succeed, costing Americans more than $143 million a year? In this week’s issue, we’ll explain the subtle (and not so subtle) psychological tricks they […]

Curses, Spells and Other Fake Psychic Tricks

If you believe in psychics, don’t fall for these tricksters: Internet Scambusters #851 Psychics are people who claim to see the future and the past, but sometimes all they want to see is your money. In this week’s issue, we have the opinions of investigators who identify the signs that give away a supposed psychic […]

Buy a Car First, Then Pay More Later?

What to do when dealers demand a higher price days after you buy a car: Internet Scambusters #850 Unless you’re a born haggler, you probably don’t look forward to negotiations when you buy a car. The experience can turn out to be even worse if the dealer later tries to get you to pay more […]

Scammers Turn to Smishing for ID Theft

How to spot and avoid text smishing scams: Internet Scambusters #849 Smishing — using smart phone texts to phish for victims’ confidential information — is soaring, and it’s more dangerous than email phishing. In this week’s issue, we’ll tell you why and what the experts say, as well as giving you tips to avoid the […]

Beware These 5 Diabetes Treatment Scams

Diabetes and hair regrowth treatments that just don’t work: Internet Scambusters #848 The incidence of Type 2 diabetes is on the rise in the US — and so are treatments and procedures for which there’s no evidence whatsoever that they work. In this week’s issue, we identify the five most common diabetes treatment scams and […]

Overbiffing: A Wicked Scam That Overcharges People Already in Debt

How “overbiffing” tricks borrowers into repaying too much money: Internet Scambusters #847 Overbiffing — it’s a weird word for a nasty scam, tricking people who are behind on loan payments into paying more that their outstanding balance. In this week’s issue, we’ll explain how the scam works and what you should do if you suspect […]