Top 10 Scams Of The Year

  1. Top Job Scam
    Email Pitch:
    Professional website phone interview. You got the job! Now fill out this online credit form…

    Target:
    Anyone who is looking for work .

    Result:
    Scammer now has information for identity theft

  2.  Top Sweepstakes & Lottery Scam
    Online Pitch:
    You won! Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wants to send you $1 million

    Target:
    Users of social networking sites

    Result:
    Clicking lets the scammer see your personal information, your friend, etc

  3. Top Social Media Scam
    Online Pitch:
    Did you see the video of Osama bin laddens death? Upgrade your Flash player to view…

    Target:
    Anyone curious about the event supposedly shown

    Result:
    Instead of upgrading Flash, you download a virus that finds your passwords

  4. Home Improvement Scam
    In-Person Pitch:
    I’ve got a great deal on resealing your driveway. (fixing your roof, trimming your trees, etc.)

    Target:
    All property owners, especially seniors

    Result:
    At best shoddy work. At worst, they take the money and run.

  5.  Top Check Cashing Scam
    Pitch:
    Sorry i wrote the check for too much. Can you wire me the difference?

    Target:
    Transactions with strangers (selling on Craig’s list, mystery shopper jobs, etc.)

    Result:
    Their check bounces, but your wired money is gone forever

  6. Top Phishing Scam:
    Pitch:
    Email from ACH (Automated Clearing House) about an electronic transaction problem

    Target:
    Anyone who uses electronic banking or online billpaying

    Result:
    Link takes you to a fake banking site that steals your information

  7. Top Identity Theft
    Phone Call Pitch:
    This is the front desk. So sorry, but there’s a problem with your credit card.

    Target:
    Hotel guests who sleepily respond in the middle of the night

    Result:
    Someone other than the hotel clerk just got your credit card number

  8. Top Financial Scam
    Phone / Mail Pitch:
    We can help you keep your house by dealing with your mortgage company for you…

    Target:
    Anyone who is behind on their mortgage or in other financial trouble

    Result:
    You pay them, they do nothing, and you are in more debt than when you started

  9. Top Sales Scam
    Online Pitch:
    Win an iPad, win a new computer, win a camera… all for just pennies a bid

    Target:
    Anyone who wants to get a bargain shopping online

    Result:
    You pay for every bid, even if you don’t get the merchandise

  10. Top Scam Of The Year

It’s Us! The BBM Phishing Scam

Pitch:
An email from BBB with the subject line “Compliment Against Your Business”

Target:
Small business owners mostly but many others have gotten

Result:
Clicking on the link or attachment downloads malware that finds your bank info and transfers money

 
Top 10 Scams Of The Year

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