Archive for the 'Offline Scam' Category

Dialing For Your Hard-earned Dollars

Monday, March 24th, 2014

There’s a new scam going around that many people with a family name from South Asia probably know about; but if you don’t then consider yourself warned. In actuality, this scam has been around for years, targeting one group of people at a time. Right now, the people being targeted seem to [...]

Staged Rear-ending Car Insurance Scam: Watch That Rear!

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Getting into a car accident may be bad enough, but getting scammed on top of it can make it 100 times worse. Believe it or not, planned accidents where innocent drivers become pawns in auto insurance scams is a very real thing. Here we’ll talk about one such insurance scam that is not uncommon on [...]

“Missed a Call” Scam: Don’t Call Them Back!

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

If  you’ve ever picked up you phone and have seen that you’ve missed a call from a number that you don’t recognize, you should think again before calling them back. One new scam that’s popped up recently is the one-ring phone scam. The perpetrators of this scam use auto-dialing programs in order to make thousands [...]

Vishing Scam: Watch Out For This One!

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

A new type of scam that’s been gaining popularity as of late is something called a Vishing scam. Also known as a courier or not hangup scam, the con starts off when a scammer calls a consumer pretending to be affiliated with either a bank or with the police. They claim that the person’s credit [...]

IRS Phone Scams: Be Smarter Than Them

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Taxpayers, beware: the IRS has recently reported that there has been an increase of fraudsters impersonating IRS agents that call unsuspecting people across the country demanding they pay taxes that they don’t even owe to the government. The victims are often immigrants, who answer their phone only to be informed that they owe [...]

Art Scams: Don’t Fall For Them

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

It’s unfortunate, but in today’s world hardworking artists are increasingly being targeted in internet scams. A struggling artist wants nothing more than to be “discovered” too, which makes this scam all the more devastating once they realize they’ve been swindled. The scam itself is simple.You receive an email from an admiring collector and wealthy buyer [...]

Government Grant Scams: Watch Out For Them!

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

There’s a new type of fraudulent telephone fraud currently sweeping parts of the nation. The con is known as a Government Grant scam. The scam itself is quite simple. You receive a phone call from someone claiming to be associated with the US Government. They inform you that you have been awarded a substantial [...]

Street Scams: The “Hey You Broke My Glasses!” Edition

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

If you’ve ever lived in NYC there is a strong chance that you’ve come across this old time scam. It used to be quite prevalent, and today you can still find con artists using it on unsuspecting victims. The scam itself is simple. A random stranger will bump into you. Often times they might be [...]

The Fake Front Desk Scam

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

It’s 3 am, you’re sleeping in a hotel, and the phone rings in your room. You’re disoriented and groggy so you might not question the caller when he says he’s calling from the front desk. He or she will claim that there has been some kind of computer glitch, and that you’ll need to [...]

Oil and Gas Scams: Don’t Let Fossil Fuels Be Your Downfall!

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Due to the massive fluctuations in the price of oil and gas in recent years, there have been a rash number of scams to try and get people to invest in fake oil and gas companies. There have also be fraudulent offerings of investments tied to natural gas, wind and solar energy, as [...]