Home Improvement Scams?

SCARS™ Anti-Scam FAQ: Home Improvement Scams   Another common seasonal scam centers around home improvement. As the weather gets nicer, homeowners often look to improve their homes.   The Better Business Bureau says in 2017, there were nearly 350 home improvement scams reported to BBB Scam Tracker across the U.S., resulting in more than $600,000 lost. Some scammers go door-to-door, offering to do improvement projects.   They may take a deposit, and then never complete [...]

2021-04-26T09:09:22-04:00January 22nd, 2019|Categories: |0 Comments

Grandparent Scam?

SCARS™ Anti-Scam FAQ: Grandparent Scam   This scam has been around and has seen an increase in activity of late. Depending on who answers the phone call, the person on the other line will say, "Hi, Grandpa" or "Hi, Grandma" pretending to be the grandson or granddaughter of the older victim. The scammer then tells them a story that ends with, "I need money right away to… (insert issue here—pay my traffic ticket, post bail, [...]

2021-04-26T09:09:39-04:00January 22nd, 2019|Categories: |0 Comments

Gift Card Scams?

SCARS™ Anti-Scam FAQ: Gift Card Scams   The BBB is warning people about emails offering help to check their gift card balances. If you receive one of these emails, do not click open or click links within. Scammers use these emails websites in order to get your card number and PIN in order to drain your account. The BBB offers the following tips to avoid gift card balance scams:   Go to the retailer's website: [...]

2021-04-26T09:10:03-04:00January 22nd, 2019|Categories: |0 Comments

Fortnite Scam?

SCARS™ Anti-Scam FAQ: Fortnite Scam   Fortnite: Battle Royale has more than 125 million players worldwide, and that tremendous pull extends to hackers and scammers too. Players and parents should pay attention as Fortnite creator Epic Games is warning gamers about the most common Fornite scam involving "free V-bucks." Scammers offer free or discounted v-bucks, the in-game currency, to help players elevate their game. What can result in identity theft, downloading malware on a device [...]

2021-04-26T09:10:22-04:00January 22nd, 2019|Categories: |0 Comments

Airbnb Scam?

SCARS™ Anti-Scam FAQ: Airbnb Scam This scam takes advantage of travelers renting an apartment or house through Airbnb by featuring fake homes on the site and directing the renter to a fraudulent or "spoof" website to finalize payment. Scammers will often even trick real owners, who don't know their property is being spoofed. Potential travelers end up paying money for a rental property that either doesn't exist or isn't available.  

2021-04-26T09:10:39-04:00January 22nd, 2019|Categories: |0 Comments

Amazon Fake Order Cancellation Emails?

SCARS™ Anti-Scam FAQ: Amazon Fake Order Cancellation Emails If you get an email about an order cancellation from Amazon.com, there's a good chance it's a scam. Click on links in the email and you could unintentionally download malware onto your device. Or you might be sent to a site that aims to collect your Amazon account information, like your username and password. If you receive such an email and recently placed an order, go to Amazon.com [...]

2021-04-26T09:11:00-04:00January 22nd, 2019|Categories: |0 Comments

Apple Care Scam?

SCARS™ Anti-Scam FAQ: Apple Care Scam This new smartphone scam uses phishing emails to send Apple users to a fake Apple website. iPhone users receive a pop-up image of a system dialog box that tells users their phone has been "locked for illegal activity." When users click on the link, scammers enroll them into a fraudulent "mobile device management service" that allows scammers to send malware apps to iPhones. Read more here about phishing scams and how to spot them. [...]

2021-04-26T09:11:15-04:00January 22nd, 2019|Categories: |0 Comments

“Can You Hear Me?” and “Yes” Calls?

SCARS™ Anti-Scam FAQ:  "Can You Hear Me?" and "Yes" Calls This scam happens when you answer the phone, and the person on the other line asks: "Can you hear me?" and you respond, "Yes." Your voice is being recorded to obtain a voice signature for scammers authorize fraudulent charges over the phone. You can visit the FCC website to block any unwanted calls. The BBB Scam Tracker received more than 10,000 reports on the "Can you hear [...]

2021-06-18T22:11:53-04:00January 22nd, 2019|Categories: |0 Comments

Car Scams?

SCARS™ Anti-Scam FAQ: Car Scams The FBI shared information on a growing scam in which crooks target people looking to buy cars and other vehicles online. The FBI has received 26,967 complaints with losses totaling $54,032,396 since tracking this issue from May 2014 through December 2017. This car scamstarts with a criminal posting an online advertisement with a low price to get the attention of a buyer, including photos of the vehicle and contact information. When a [...]

2021-04-26T09:11:51-04:00January 22nd, 2019|Categories: |0 Comments

Cryptocurrency Scams?

SCARS™ Anti-Scam FAQ: Cryptocurrency Scams As the price and popularity of Bitcoin and other cyber-currencies skyrocketed in late 2017, scammers eagerly sought to take advantage of the frenzy. The Japanese Bitcoin exchange Coincheck was hacked in January, and the thieves were able to steal more than $500 million in cryptocurrencies. This is the largest cryptocurrency hack to date. Facebook and Instagram have banned advertisements for certain bitcoin, initial coin offerings (ICOs), and some other cryptocurrency-related products because of deceptive and [...]

2021-04-26T09:12:08-04:00January 22nd, 2019|Categories: |0 Comments

Death Threat Hoax?

SCARS™ Anti-Scam FAQ: Death Threat Hoax The FBI has warned consumers about death threats being made through emails that state "I will be short. I've got an order to kill you." The email then demands money or bitcoin as a payout from the email recipients. Other versions of the scam could state that a "hitman has been hired to kill" them. This scam is very aggressive and threatening in nature to convince people that they have to pay [...]

2021-04-26T09:12:24-04:00January 22nd, 2019|Categories: |0 Comments

Fake Bank Apps?

SCARS™ Anti-Scam FAQ: Fake Bank Apps Scammers will spoof the apps of big banks in order to separate you from your money. A recent survey by Avast, a multi-national cybersecurity firm, found that one in three worldwide users mistakenly believed that a fake mobile banking app was the real thing, putting their financial data at risk. Thieves use the big customer base of major banks to try to get past the secure app stores and collect personal information.

2021-04-26T09:12:41-04:00January 22nd, 2019|Categories: |0 Comments

Wire Transfer Fraud?

Scam FAQ: How To Spot Wire Transfer Fraud What Are The Warning Signs Of Wire Transfer Fraud? Know How To Recognize The Warning Signs Of Wire Transfer Fraud: Someone that you have never met in person is asking for money. This is the biggest red flag for fraud. If you’re in a long-distance relationship with someone you’ve never met in person, be wary of possible fraud, if they start asking for money. The reality is: [...]

2021-04-26T09:13:48-04:00November 1st, 2018|Categories: |0 Comments

BEC Business Email Compromise Scams?

Scam FAQ: How To Avoid BEC Business Email Compromise Scams Be mindful of any email, phone call or text messages requesting multiple gift cards even if the request is ordinary. Beware of sudden changes in business or personal practices and carefully scrutinize all requests for multiple gift card purchases even if requests are ordinary. Since many of the fraudulent e-mails reported in this new trend are spoofed, confirm requests for the purchase of gift cards [...]

2021-04-26T09:14:31-04:00October 31st, 2018|Categories: |0 Comments

Third Party Receiver Of Funds Fraud?

Scam FAQ: How To Avoid Third Party Receiver Of Funds Fraud Do not agree to accept and wire payments for auctions or purchases that you did not post. Be leery if the individual states that his country it makes receiving these type of funds difficult. Be cautious when the job posting claims "no experience necessary". Be cautious when dealing with individuals outside of your own country.

2021-04-26T09:14:56-04:00October 31st, 2018|Categories: |0 Comments

Reshipping Fraud & Scams?

Scam FAQ: How To Avoid Reshipping Fraud & Scams Be cautious if you are asked to ship packages to an "overseas home office." Be cautious when dealing with individuals outside of your own country. Be leery if the individual states that his country will not allow direct business shipments from the United States. Be wary if the "ship to" address is yours but the name on the package is not. Never provide your personal information to [...]

2021-04-26T09:15:41-04:00October 31st, 2018|Categories: |0 Comments