Crime & Fraud

FRAUD ALERT: Robo Calling Laws & Complaints

Robocalls are becoming increasingly common, and also increasingly annoying. As the number of robocalls goes up, the number of complaints people have put in against them has risen as well. Complaints have been received by the FTC (Federal Trade Commission), including the local and state law enforcement agencies, as well as a variety of nationwide… Read More »

The 4 Most Common Online Scams

For as long as there has been money, there has been scams. Scamming is an illegal way to cleverly take money from people away, and as technology has evolved, the types of scams have evolved, too. Some people still believe that only the naive and gullible will fall for these types of scams. In reality,… Read More »

Did Jay Z & Kanye West Dupe Consumers into Tidal?

If you pay attention to the current news about the Jay Z streaming music product called Tidal, you probably could have seen this lawsuit coming. Kanye West delighted his fans earlier this month when he released the album Life of Pablo on all other music streaming platforms. So Jay Z is now taking legal action.… Read More »

Prevent & Avoid Identity Theft

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the country. It happens when your personal information, like your social security number, credit card number or full name, is stolen and then used in order to commit fraud. An identity thief may, for instance, use this information to apply for credit in your name,… Read More »

Top 5 Types of Reverse Mortgage Scams

Reverse mortgages are lending constructions designed specifically for elderly people. Essentially, these allow seniors to convert their home’s equity into income, so that they have more to live on than just their social security and personal pensions. However, reverse mortgages can be incredibly risky, and a number of scams already exist, with more appearing regularly.… Read More »

How to Avoid Money Wiring Scams

When you wire money to someone, using a company like Western Union or MoneyGram, you are basically sending cash. This means that, once it is done, there is no way for you to get it back. It is for this reason that it is so common for a scammer to ask for money to be… Read More »

Work From Home Scams and What to Know

A lot of people would love to be their own boss. They are attracted by ideas of earning thousands without leaving their house. Because this is a known fact, there are many different work from home opportunities posted all over the internet. Generally, they all say the same thing: earn a huge income in your… Read More »

What To Know About Coupon Fraud

With the popularity of programs like Extreme Couponing, and more and more people understanding that they can save a lot of money by using coupons, it is unsurprising that some fraud and scams have also started to emerge. Throughout the history of mankind, we have seen that wherever large groups of people congregate, be that… Read More »

Consumer Dangers Of Online Gaming

A lot of people now play online games. They use their computers, mobile devices or gaming consoles in order to do so. All of these games are played through the medium of the internet and require people to set up accounts. In many cases, the profiles people make are actually assumed identities, which means it… Read More »

What are Card Cracking Scams?

Card cracking scams are on the rise, and they have very serious repercussions. The scams tend to target young adults in particular, such as newly enlisted military personnel, students and single parents. These people are enlisted to commit fraud against their bank. Usually, con artists target their victims using social media, and through elaborate ploys,… Read More »

Avoid These Social Media Scams

Who would have thought that in 2015, we would all be talking about links, circles, friends, followers, likes and shares? This is what today’s world is all about, however, as fewer and fewer people venture outdoors, conducting all their communication through the internet instead. We shop online, pay our bills online, build friendships online and… Read More »

How to Avoid Online Scams

Internet users are feeling safe nowadays because there is so much information out there to help them protect themselves from existing scams. However, they forget that scammers don’t sit still either and are, in fact, constantly working at developing new tactics. This is why consumers must remain vigilant at all times as well. “Greetings to… Read More »

How to Keep Kids Safe Using Social Media

Children and young people are spending increasing amounts of time online. It is an opportunity for them to socialize, have fun and learn. However, there are inherent risks associated with it as well. This is why it is very important that you learn how to keep your child safe using social media. Social networking truly… Read More »

How to Avoid the Different Scams on Facebook

Facebook is one of the most popular websites in the world, as well as being the most popular social medial platform. Some 1.19 billion people use the platform today. Unfortunately, wherever that many people get together, scammers will undoubtedly be found as well. A simple quick click on something can leave your identity stolen and… Read More »

What are the Dangers of Payday Loans?

The economy may be recovering somewhat, a lot of people are still struggling for money. When the holiday season approaches, this struggle becomes even harder. People feel the pressure at many times, which is why they may be tempted to search for payday loans. Unfortunately, payday lenders are, essentially, predatory, as they specifically look for… Read More »

11 Things To Do If Your Identity Has Been Stolen

If you fear that your identity has been stolen, or if you fear there is a chance that it may have been stolen, it is vital that you know what to do. You may, for instance, have accidentally shared personal information online or lost your wallet, or maybe your home has been burglarized. The following… Read More »

Tips to Help You Avoid Mortgage Fraud

Mortgage fraud is a complex form of fraud. It involves a material omission, misrepresentation or misstatement on a loan application. This false information is used by the lender to make decisions. In very simple terms, if there is a lie on your mortgage application, you are committing fraud. A number of specific types of mortgage… Read More »

What Is The Definition Of A Ponzi Scheme?

Bernie Madoff entered a guilty plea on March 12, 2009 for his involvement in history’s largest ever Ponzi scheme. Through his scheme, investors were swindled out of $65 billion. Madoff was hailed as a genius by many Wall Street experts, but most of these experts also stated that they weren’t surprised to learn that he… Read More »

10 Tips To Avoid Scams And Fraudsters

Millions of people in this country and in other countries around the world find themselves defrauded by scam artists each year. Fraudsters use any means at their disposal to scam people, including the telephone, postal mail, email and the internet. Scammers attempt to trick their victims into divulging their personal information, or into sending them… Read More »

10 Types Of Insurance Fraud

Insurance fraud is often seen as a victimless crime, but it’s not. When an insurance company is defrauded, people who honestly pay their premiums are the ones who suffer, as their insurance costs go up. In 2009, insurance companies lost an estimated $30 billion per year, which all had to be recuperated from honest consumers.… Read More »