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5 Deceptive Scams Small Businesses Should Be Aware Of
5 Deceptive Scams Small Businesses Should Be Aware Of

Posted: 5/6/2015

Small to medium-sized businesses, churches, and nonprofit businesses have been hit hard by unscrupulous scammers perpetrating various scams. Some common schemes that affect small businesses are office supply scams, domain registration plots, fake check tricks, charity cons, and directory listing scams. Business Consumer Alliance urges businesses and their employees to be on the lookout for scams and offers some identifying warning signs that can help you avoid them....Read more

Tags: scams, business tips, consumer tips

Kim’s Catch: Auto Sublease Scams

Posted: 9/8/2017

Kim’s Catch:  Auto Sublease Scams

A lessee looking to unload the financial burden of their car lease seeks relief from an automobile subleasing company that promises to find qualified persons looking to lease short-term and to assume the lease payments. After turning over the keys, confident that some of the financial stress will be alleviated, some clients are unpleasantly surprised to find the subleasing company is not holding up their end of the bargain. ...Read more

Tags: automobile, lease agreement, scam, Kim's Catch

Is Your Phone Calling You?

Posted: 8/23/2017

Is Your Phone Calling You?

Your phone rings. You look at the caller I.D. and lo and behold, it’s your number! But how is that even possible? It’s possible because there’s a swindler on the other end, ready to defraud you through a robocall scam....Read more

Tags: robocall, scam, cell phone

Kim’s Catch: Helping America Group

Posted: 7/12/2017

Kim’s Catch:  Helping America Group

When you’re drowning in debt, a call from someone offering to reduce the amount you owe or eliminate it altogether could sound like a lifesaver. However, far too often the people behind these debt relief services oversell and under deliver....Read more

Tags: Kim's Catch, scam, debt relief

Tobacco Settlement Claim Blows Smoke

Posted: 6/28/2017

Tobacco Settlement Claim Blows Smoke

An online scam is making the rounds alleging that people can claim money from the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA). The false ads assert consumers can receive tax-free monthly payments of $2,300 from the government through a special program. In order to claim the money, consumers are prompted to pay up to $129 for a recurring subscription that will provide further details on how to receive the payout. This is nothing but a huge scam....Read more

Tags: scam, refund

Family Emergency Scams

Posted: 6/14/2017

Family Emergency Scams

Imagine getting a call from a loved one saying they have been in an accident or detained by the police and need your help. They tell you they need you to wire money right away to get out of a bind. Feelings of panic, despair, and the need to do whatever it takes to help that person takes over. But better beware—you may be dealing with a scammer....Read more

Tags: scam, Grandparent Scam

Imposter Scam Targeting Spanish Speaking Community Shut Down

Posted: 5/16/2017

Imposter Scam Targeting Spanish Speaking Community Shut Down

The Federal Trade Commission obtained an Order to shut down California-based companies, ABC Hispana, Inc. and ISB Latino, Inc. from engaging in imposter scams that primarily targeted Spanish speaking individuals. The operation used telemarketers in Peru to solicit consumers and sell instructional materials, primarily the English-6 language learning products “Ingles Sin Barreras” and “Ingles Sin Fronteras” and tablets. The companies apparently misrepresented their products....Read more

Tags: scam, telephone scams, telemarketers

Kim’s Catch: Dean Howard Properties

Posted: 5/11/2017

Kim’s Catch:  Dean Howard Properties

Dean Howard Properties (DHP) is making the rounds, offering to sell their timeshares to timeshare owners with property in Mexico. The company makes offers that are more than ideal and some owners are enticed to sign contracts with DHP. They initially claim owners will have no out-of-pocket expenses. But DHP shortly thereafter begins asking for various fees, including transfer fees, taxes, maintenance fees, etc., which quickly add up to thousands of dollars. Sadly, DHP doesn’t want to help owners...Read more

Tags: Kim's Catch, scam, Dean Howard Properties, timeshares

Scam Watch: Lowe’s Mother’s Day Coupon is a Fake

Posted: 5/3/2017

Scam Watch:  Lowe’s Mother’s Day Coupon is a Fake

You may have seen a recent coupon circulating Facebook, offering free $50 coupons from Lowe’s for Mother’s Day. Beware, it’s a scam. Similar scams have circulated for other major retailers and restaurants such as Target, Macy’s, Wal-Mart, and Red Lobster. ...Read more

Tags: scam, gift cards, coupons

Don’t Download Any Nintendo Switch Emulators

Posted: 4/27/2017

Don’t Download Any Nintendo Switch Emulators

Scammers are cashing in on the shortage by advertising Nintendo Switch emulators online to lure consumers in. There are thousands of YouTube videos and other online videos with instructions on how to download and play the newest Nintendo releases. However, consumers should be warned about these possibly fake emulators....Read more

Tags: video games, scam

Scam Watch: “Can You Hear Me Now?”

Posted: 3/28/2017

Scam Watch:  “Can You Hear Me Now?”

Consumers nationwide have reported receiving robocalls asking, "Can you hear me now?". The calls are a scam. The caller is really a recording who may claim to have trouble with their headset, may speak unclearly or fast, and then ask if the other party on the call can hear them. The scammers record the call and have a recording of the party on the call saying "Yes". ...Read more

Tags: scam, robocall, suspicious phone calls

iTunes Scams Leave Victims Singing the Blues

Posted: 5/20/2016

iTunes Scams Leave Victims Singing the Blues

One of the latest methods used by crooks is demanding payment by iTunes gift cards. Stolen iTunes gift cards are a hot commodity on the black market and scammers make good money off of them. Business Consumer Alliance offers some tips on how to spot and avoid this scam....Read more

Tags: itunes, scam, gift cards

How to Avoid Election Scams

Posted: 5/18/2016

How to Avoid Election Scams

Much campaigning will undoubtedly take place during election season. Just as election supporters are out to garner support for their party, scammers are also working hard at their jobs, posing as fundraisers, pollsters, officials and more. This election period, guard against falling victim to voting and election scams. Here are some common schemes to look out for and tips on avoiding them....Read more

Tags: scam, elections, fraud