If you receive email bill alerts from Verizon Wireless, watch out! Our associate, Dr. Telecom, caught a very, very convincing fraudulent email that could have cost him $1,000.
Let's take a peek at the email he recieved. Looks legitimate, doesn't it?
Have you seen some holiday offers that look too good to be true? They probably are. A savvy shopper should be aware of scammer's tactics during the shopping season. Protect your pocketbook by avoiding this year's top holiday scams.
It seems that we can’t keep up with all the new phone scams that are hitting the phone lines. The latest one we bring you involves the same trickery as the other scams we touched on. But instead of reaching out to you to initiate the scam, the scammers in the fat finger dialing scam wait for you to make a simple mistake--dialing the wrong number.
In February, a burglar posing as a San Diego Water Department employee went into the home of an elderly couple claiming he was checking on a problem with their plumbing and needed to come inside to check their faucets. While he was distracting the victims, a second man entered and stole cash and jewelry from the bedrooms.
There’s an old saying that touches on what happens to people who have a lot of time on their hands. I know it’s not the one that deals with giving someone a fish, but I can’t quite place it. I should probably stop alluding to sayings and idioms that I can’t remember. Anyways, the latest phone scam comes from those who have a lot of time on their hands: inmates in county jails.
Lately UCAN has been receiving a few messages from Fanbox.com. The site bills itself as a San Diego company, so we decided to investigate.
The North American Sweepstakes scam is a form of the Nigerian money scam. Somehow these off-shore thieves are printing checks with the names of legitimate companies that have nothing to do with the scam. If you are cold-called or emailed about winning large sums of money where you're asked to send money, hang up and/or delete the email. They target seniors and low-income persons. Don't be a victim for this fraudulent scheme.
With summer fast approaching, ads promising "free miracle air coolers" that "blast ice cooled air to keep you cool for just pennies a day" have been popping up in magazines and newspapers. If this sounds too good to be true to you, you're not alone. Learn just how expensive these "free" air coolers really are, and why UCAN strongly recommends avoiding them.
CAUTION ALERT: San Diego County Teachers & Other Staff-- If you receive a call from a company called Teachers' Retirement Services and you're asked for personal information, do not provide it. A complainant called UCAN to ask if we had heard of this company. When we checked out the number that called him (760-737-0196), it turned out to be a # that rings, clicks and no one talks. When the complainant called this number back after being asked if he had more than $50,000 in his 403 B, it was a telemarketing job answer.