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Do you have debt collectors after you? They can now find you through social media

Debt collectors are known to call you to try and collect any debt you owe. Now, they can contact you with texts, emails, and social media direct messages. The rules changed with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and went into effect on ... MORE
Debt Collection, News, Scam
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Gift card scams are an increasing problem; retailers and banks can’t do much to help

The latest scam since the pandemic began has been fraudsters targeting people to go out and purchase gift cards. Millions of Americans fall victim to these tactics and scammers get away with millions of dollars every year. Many times con artists will ... MORE
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Black Friday: Protect yourself from scammers by changing passwords and being careful of good deals

The biggest shopping day of the year is upon us, and it’s important to protect yourself from the scams and people targeting deal seeking shoppers. Many have started shopping online for major deals, especially with the pandemic. Between supply chain issues and ... MORE
Black Friday, Fraud, News, Scam
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Social Security Scam: Social Security Administration warns of phone scams

Scams have increased since the pandemic began, and scammers have begun utilizing technology to target people. One demographic being targeted in older people, but many have received similar calls. The Social Security Administration wants you to know they would never call to ... MORE
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Black Friday Amazon scam: Woman loses $20,000 to email scammer posing as retailer

A woman is using her experience to warn others as Black Friday approaches. She was scammed out of $20,000. The woman first received an email from what appeared to be Amazon informing her of a purchase she said she didn’t make. She ... MORE
Amazon, Black Friday, News, Scam
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One woman made $42,000 just for fighting back against the robocallers that have contacted her

Many people that receive those automated calls through their home or cell phones usually just hang up and block them. One woman didn’t ignore them, and instead is making money off the situation. The Minnesota native has collected a whopping $42,000 from ... MORE
News, Robocaller, Scam
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Watch out: Scammers are using Google Ads to steal people’s cryptocurrency, be careful when clicking

A new crypto fraud has presented itself in the form of Google Ads. Over the weekend over $500,000 in cryptocurrency was stolen by using this tactic. Scammers are buying ad space to post ads that look like legitimate wallet brands like MetaMask ... MORE
Cryptocurrency, News, Scam
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Keep these five things in mind to avoid being scammed during Black Friday when shopping

Nov. 26 will be one of the biggest shopping days in the country this year as people traditionally shop for Christmas during Black Friday. One thing to remain vigilant of is a new and common scam called Authorized Push Payment. The scammer ... MORE
Holiday, News, Scam
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Scammers use iPhone users to call and hack their bank accounts

Scammers are targeting iPhone users to get their two-factor authentication codes to be able to get into their Apple, Amazon, PayPal, and bank accounts. Scammers have found a new way to try to get information from you through phone calls that will ... MORE
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Stimulus checks and Child Tax Credits are being used to scam people with fake IRS alerts

Scammers are contacting taxpayers and using terms like “stimulus cash” “faster payments” and “COVID disaster relief” to obtain personal information. The IRS reminds people that they will never contact someone via phone, and will always send a letter to the address on ... MORE
IRS, News, Scam, Stimulus Check
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Latest scam: Scammers pretend to be hitmen that decide not to kill you if you pay a ransom

Scams have really increased since the start of the pandemic, especially with how reliant people have become on technology. The newest one comes from scammers claiming to be a hired assassin. People are getting texts from unknown numbers saying they were hired ... MORE
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Seniors continue to be targets for gift card scams

Scammers have really put in the work since the pandemic began, utilizing the separation and time people spend at home to target the most vulnerable. Dan Lyon, the Fraud and Scams Program Manager at Lifespan, told 13 WHAM that the targeting is ... MORE
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A new scam sends New York residents fraudulent letters pretending to be the Secretary of State

A new scam has come about in New York that attempts to gain personal information by claiming the recipient has money due to them. The New York State Department of State and the Division of Consumer Protection today warned New Yorkers of ... MORE
Business, New York State, News, Scam
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FTC warns that a new scam involving extortion and LGBTQ dating apps is becoming more common

The FTC has issued a warning about a new scam that targets users of LGBTQ dating apps. The scammer will pose as a potential partner on apps like Grindr or Feeld and send explicit photos asking for some in return. The victim ... MORE
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Avoid scammers that use fake charities following disasters as a way to collect money

Scamming people out of money is unfortunately very common after a disaster, and New York has seen a few disasters lately. When donating to charities to help with disaster relief, people are urged to use caution due to the scams that come ... MORE
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