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Recognizing scams

Most scams attempts involve one or more of the following:

  • Email or text from someone that is not local to your area.
  • Vague initial inquiry, e.g. asking about “the item.” Poor grammar/spelling.
  • Western Union, Money Gram, cashier check, money order, paypal, shipping, escrow service, or a “guarantee.”
  • Inability or refusal to meet face-to-face to complete the transaction.

Most Recent Scam Alerts

Re-post of current threats:

Crooks use clever schemes to defraud millions of people every year. They often combine sophisticated technology with age-old tricks to get people to send money or give out personal information. They add new twists to old schemes and pressure people to make important decisions on the spot. One thing that never changes: they follow the headlines — and the money.

Stay a step ahead with the latest info

We certainly understand if the latest IRS imposter scam makes you queasy: it involves a fake IRS tax notice that claims you owe money as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

FTC sues phone scammers who promised free money

Here are two telemarketing scams with a familiar ring:

In one, a caller says you’re eligible for a grant to pay for home repairs, medical costs, or other personal needs. She asks your age, income, and other questions, saying she needs to determine the amount you can receive. After she gets your information, she says you qualify for tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in government or corporate grants. You’ll need to pay a few thousand dollars upfront but, she says, you’ll get the fees back when you get your grant.

In the other, the caller says he represents Amazon and is offering you a website that will bring you thousands of dollars in commissions when people use it to link to Amazon.com and make purchases. The caller says you need to pay fees — ranging from several hundred to several thousand dollars — but that you’ll earn your money back, and more, in no time.

What do the scams have in common? They’re a pack of lies. The only people who get money are the people who run the scams.

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Hackers Target Pro-Clinton Phone Banks—But Hit Trump’s Too

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Hack Brief: As FBI Warns Election Sites Got Hacked, All Eyes Are on Russia


  • Date of Publication: 08.29.16.
  • Time of Publication: 11:49 am.


In any other year, hackers breaking into a couple of state government websites through common web vulnerabilities would hardly raise a blip on the cybersecurity community’s radar. But in this strange and digitally fraught election season, the breach of two state board of election websites not only merits an FBI warning—it might just rise to the level of an international incident.

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Microsoft warning over hackers

Microsoft has said that a “critical” flaw in some versions of its Windows operating system could allow hackers to break into personal computers and gather sensitive data.

Last Updated Nov 4, 2016 6:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK — CBS News has learned about a potential terror threat for the day before the election.

Sources told CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton that U.S. intelligence has alerted joint terrorism task forces that al Qaeda could be planning attacks in three states for Monday.

It is believed New York, Texas and Virginia are all possible targets, though no specific locations are mentioned. A U.S. law enforcement source briefed on the threat information told CBS News’ Milton that the threat is possibly legitimate and concerning. The source said the threat may be aspirational and hence the lack of specificity. The source said there has been pressure on al Qaeda and its affiliates AQAP and AQIS (al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent) to regain relevance with its mission.

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U.S. Govt. Hackers Ready to Hit Back If Russia Tries to Disrupt Election

Seven Scary Things Hackers Can Do to Your Computer

Talk about a bad day: That’s how you’d feel if a hacker managed to gain access to your home computer. Yes, it may seem that hackers primarily attack large companies, but the truth is that they can also target your computer just as easily.

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