October 30, 2013 |
James receives lots of emails offering him big bucks for working from home. And, you may be surprised to learn, he suspects that they're not on the up and up. James asks: Where can he report bogus work-from-home pitches? First of all, not all such emails are scams. There actually are some legitimate work-from-home businesses out there. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions But the vast majority of such come-ons are nothing more than attempts to trick you into revealing personal information, such as your Social Security number.
March 16, 2008 |
The pitch: Early tax rebate! The scams: It's income tax season, and that means a new set of scams from fraudsters pretending to represent the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS has put out warnings on these recent frauds. Phone calls supposedly from the agency, telling people that they're eligible for early rebates. The caller asks for personal bank information. E-mails supposedly from the Taxpayer Advocate Service (a legitimate IRS organization) that include links to fake forms.
October 3, 2012 |
The Federal Trade Commission is teaming up with tech companies and regulatory agencies around the world to crack down on tech-support scams that may have already cost U.S. consumers tens of millions of dollars. In a tech-support scam, typically originating out of India, callers claiming to be with a trusted security company tell consumers that their computers may have been infected with a virus or malware. The callers then trick people into purchasing anti-virus software they don't need, which can often range in price from $49 to $450.
May 8, 2012 |
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. Memorial Day — Memorial Day has become an opportunity for criminals to target veterans as well as active-duty military personnel and their families, the Better Business Bureau said in a recent bulletin. Older veterans are often targeted by scams this time of year, the BBB said. "The unique lifestyle of our service members makes them prime targets for scammers," said Brenda Linnington, director of the BBB's military division.
August 29, 2011 |
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for: Hurricane Irene — Law enforcement agencies predict that a wave of fraudulent charitable donation schemes will arrive in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. To make sure donations get to those who need them, the Internet Crime Complaint Center suggests that donors not respond to unsolicited emails or telephone calls seeking donations. Instead, donations should go directly to recognized charitable organizations, the agency said.
August 2, 2010 |
Dear Karen: I get many notices telling me to renew my business documents. Are these scams? Answer: This is a common trick targeting small businesses that scammers hope are too busy or disorganized to keep track of renewals. Phishing schemes, which involve official-looking letters or e-mails, may claim that you owe money, are getting a refund or are about to be audited. Never send money or your financial account numbers in response to any of these solicitations. Pay your bills through official channels; you do not need to hire anyone to do it for you. And look at the fine print: If something says, "This is not an official government document," toss it. Get feedback in exit interviews Dear Karen: How can we keep our employees from leaving for jobs at bigger companies?