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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness month, which is aimed at raising the public’s awareness of the basic steps needed to stay safe online.
Have you gotten a package on your doorstep and have no idea where here it came from?
State and federal officials are warning Washington residents to beware of phony COVID-19 treatments that can be harmful to their health as they see a rise in scams and false testing kits circulating through social media.
With the start of the 2020 Census count, scammers and con artists are going to toss their “pitches” at older Americans. The census is too important to allow them to succeed.
There are lots of bargains online during the holidays, but also plenty of ways to get scammed, even at established outlets like Amazon.
If you have elderly friends or relatives who live alone, it might be time to have the talk. No, not about giving up the car keys. This one is about the phone.
The Justice Department says it’s charged more than 225 individuals over the past year in connection with fraud scams that victimize people age 60 and older.
Jon Louis, 81, recently got hooked by an online relationship scam that nearly cost him $3,000. The Spokane widower accepted a Facebook friend request from a woman claiming to be in the military in Yemen. She eventually sought funds for travel to see him, but his credit union flagged the fraud. Thousands of Americans are scammed within matchmaking websites, dating apps and social media, said the AARP, releasing a new survey on relationship scams encountered in Washington state.
Tax season is just around the corner, and that means the opportunities for bad guys to snatch and use consumers’ personal information are at their greatest.
PHILADELPHIA – There’s a good chance the next caller on your cell phone will try to take your money or steal your identity. This grim statistic comes from First Orion, an Arkansas-based call management company that estimates nearly 30 percent of all cell-phone calls came from scammers this year. The firm predicts nearly half of all mobile calls will be fraudulent in 2019.
Shopping to decorate for Halloween should be a fun-filled experience – not a terrifying one.
Washington sues two charities in national crackdown on groups that falsely claim to help veterans.
A new report by Better Business Bureau says sweepstakes, lottery and prize schemes are devastating victims financially and emotionally with ever-evolving methods.
Secretary of State Kim Wyman is cautioning Washington business owners to be aware of a misleading and potentially fraudulent mailing that purports to be an official bill for business registration.
The Better Business Bureau warns families to beware of a variety of prom scams, especially when purchasing items online.
As more consumers turn to the internet to find new pets, more scams are popping up online.
An estimated 82,000 U.S. consumers who’ve used dating sites in the past three years have been scammed by individuals who shower them with compliments, romantic text messages and promised dates, only to bilk them for money, the Better Business Bureau said this week.
By now you should have received your W-2 form in order to file your 2017 taxes. These tax forms are easy to identify because of their unique size and shape. Tax forms contain your most sensitive information and are a very quick way for scammers to commit tax identity theft and fraud. Tax identity theft occurs when someone gets access to your Social Security number and uses it to get a tax refund or secure employment. You’ll discover it occurred when you receive a letter from the IRS stating more than one tax return was filed in your name, or IRS records show you have wages from an employer you do not know.
Dear Annie advice column for Monday, Nov. 27, 2017.
The Better Business Bureau has issued a warning about a company claiming to be based out of Vancouver, Washington, that is targeting businesses across the country, including Washington and Oregon.