One-Ring Phone Call Scams: Don’t Call Back!

Riiiing! You race for the landline, but the caller has already hung up—after just one ring. How rude! You thumb through the Caller ID, poised to give your mysterious caller a ring back when you note the strange area code. Should you, or shouldn’t you, make this call?  Let’s look at two possible outcomes:  SCENARIO […]

How to Spot a Sneaky Tech Support Scam

Computer on the brink? Careful who you contact to fix it! The FTC is warning of a surge in tech support scams, many of which can be difficult to spot.  In a recent widespread scam, a company that called itself Elite IT Partners, Inc., purchased keywords on Google so they showed up in searches for […]

Tax Scams: Here are the “Dirty Dozen”

Each year, the IRS publishes the “Dirty Dozen,” a list of 12 scams that are rampant during that year’s tax season.  This year, the IRS is cautioning taxpayers to be extra vigilant because of a 60% increase in email phishing scams over the past year. This is particularly disheartening, since it comes on the heels […]

5 Scams to Watch For After the Holidays

The mad holiday rush may be over, but scammers aren’t slowing down.  Protect yourself from these five common scams that happen this time of year:  1.) Gift-picking  If you’re the recipient of an expensive gift, you may be targeted by thieves who are looking for a good picking. Protect yourself by keeping your gift under […]

Top 10 Fraud Prevention Dos and Don’ts

DO 1. DO be observant when withdrawing cash from ATMs Look for wobbly parts and malfunctioning screens as these may indicate the presence of a card skimmer. Contact your card issuer immediately if you accidentally insert a card into a suspicious ATM. 2. DO know your daily balance for checking and savings accounts Even better, […]