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Category Archives: Scams

Work-at-Home Scams Posted on Apr 27

Work-at-Home Scams

  It’s only natural that so many people enjoy working at home. Making your own hours, working in a comfortable setting and being your own boss can seem appealing to almost anyone, which might explain why in 2015 24 per cent of employed people did   …Continue Reading Work-at-Home Scams

Warning for College Students Posted on Apr 24

Warning for College Students

  College students at Boston University have been targeted by scammers while using ATMs along Commonwealth Avenue. The students report being approached by individuals who offer a check in exchange for cash. The scammer claims that he is having trouble accessing his bank account (or   …Continue Reading Warning for College Students

The IRS May Start Calling You about Debt Posted on Apr 14

The IRS May Start Calling You about Debt

  For years, we (along with other consumer protection and law enforcement groups) have told consumers that the IRS will never randomly call you and tell you that you owe money.  In fact, there are established guidelines the IRS follows for collection of unpaid taxes   …Continue Reading The IRS May Start Calling You about Debt

Western Union Settlement Posted on Apr 13

Western Union Settlement

  Con artists routinely steal thousands of dollars, usually without ever needing to leave their homes. Their scams, whether they involve vacation home rentals or fake kidnappings, usually have one key component in common: they get their victims to send money through money wiring transfer   …Continue Reading Western Union Settlement

Garage Door Scams are on the Rise Posted on Apr 11

Garage Door Scams are on the Rise

  Whether you need someone to fix the torsion strings or install a brand new garage door, you want the help of a company that you can trust, especially when repairing a part of your home that usually provides access inside. Our Office has recently   …Continue Reading Garage Door Scams are on the Rise

Hate robocalls? Read this! Posted on Apr 7

Hate robocalls? Read this!

  Americans receive more than 2.4 billion unwanted robocalls each month. To remedy this consumer nuisance, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to approve a proposed rule that would allow phone companies to prevent spammy robocallers from using a number that has not been assigned   …Continue Reading Hate robocalls? Read this!

Phone Refund Scam Posted on Mar 30

Phone Refund Scam

  Our Office hears about a variety of scams on a regular basis so we’re never surprised to learn about the different ways scammers will attempt to trick people. A recent scam that was brought to our attention involved a money refund. A caller claiming to   …Continue Reading Phone Refund Scam

Immigration Scams Posted on Mar 27

Immigration Scams

  The call to strengthen the United States’ borders has opened a new window of opportunity for con artists who are capitalizing on fear and uncertainty. The Boston Globe reported earlier this month that there has been an uptick in scammers posing as federal agents,   …Continue Reading Immigration Scams

Apps – Access Denied Posted on Mar 21

Apps – Access Denied

  Almost everyone is guilty of passively downloading a new app for their mobile device. And why not? Apps are great. But consumers should recognize that there are risks in the marketplace. A woman from California used her debit card to buy a slot machine   …Continue Reading Apps – Access Denied

Can You Hear Me? Posted on Mar 20

Can You Hear Me?

Scammers are constantly inventing new ways to take advantage of consumers. The latest phone scam to keep your ears open for has made up the majority of the reports to Better Business Bureau’s scam tracker over the last several weeks across America and even Canada.   …Continue Reading Can You Hear Me?