Online Scam and Fraud Alerts
BBB Says Buyer Beware when Clicking on Facebook Ads
Better Business Bureau is advising social networkers to read the fine print when responding to ads on Facebook or other social networking sites because the large print doesn't always tell the whole story. Ubiquitous ads for weight loss products, work-at-home opportunities and offers for 'free' computers can cost shoppers more than they bargained for in the long run.
BBB Warns of Online Scams in the Wake of Osama's Death
In the aftermath of the death of Osama bin Laden this past weekend, Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to watch out for a slew of cyber-scams that have popped up in the past few days. According to Kaspersky Labs, an Internet security firm, malicious websites and links have been proliferating on Google Images searches, Facebook, and other social media sites.
BBB Warns of Phishing Email Received from Epsilon Data Breach
Just days after millions of customers' email addresses were stolen in one of the largest data breaches in U.S. history, the Better Business Bureau is seeing one of the first Epsilon data breach phishing scams. If you are a customer of one of the companies that had email data stolen, BBB is warning you to be on the lookout for phishing emails.
Claims Of Being Stranded Swindle Consumers Out Of Thousands Of Dollars
The IC3 continues to receive reports of individuals' e-mail or social networking accounts being compromised and used in a social engineering scam to swindle consumers out of thousands of dollars. Portraying to be the victim, the hacker uses the victim's account to send a notice to their contacts. If you receive a similar notice and are not sure it is a scam, you should always verify the information before sending any money.
FTC Warns Consumers About Online Dating Scams
The Federal Trade Commission warns that scammers sometimes use online dating and social networking sites to try to convince people to send money in the name of love. In a typical scenario, the scam artist creates a fake profile, gains the trust of an online love interest, and then asks that person to wire money -- usually to a location outside the United States.
Internet Crime Complaint Center Issues Alert on Romance Scam
The IC3, or Internet Crime Complaint Center recently issued their March scam alerts and among them was a romance scam declaring a connection with the IC3. Consumers filed complaints with the IC3 against a dating site regarding two issues.
Steer Clear of Bin Laden Scams
The recent death of Osama bin Laden has brought spammers out of hiding and has them targeting consumers with spam emails, websites and social networking posts containing malware.
Warning: Fake Japanese Tsunami Videos Scam Facebook Users
Usually when a natual disaster happens, cybercriminals pop up and take advantage of those unsuspecting. This is exactly what happened with a recent scam making its way around Facebook.
Page Last Reviewed or Updated: June 13, 2013
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