Scam Alerts

Information to help keep you safe in today’s world.

The Dirty Dozen: Beware of Scammers during Tax Season

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has warned taxpayers to be vigilant against email and text scams during tax season. In the annual Dirty Dozen campaign, the IRS has issued a warning about phishing and smishing schemes where scammers try to steal taxpayers’ information through scam emails or text messages.  The Dirty Dozen is an annual …

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Take This Post as a Threat!

With many of us working from home cybersecurity threats have substantially increased. So what are the top threats… Ransomware is where hackers infiltrate a network or even your one computer finding valuable data and lock it up – demanding a ransom to get it back. Even worse, hackers are more likely to copy and leak …

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The Most Terrifying Scam

Imagine you’re sitting at home. The phone rings. You hear a quiet, scared voice on the other end… “Mom, I’m in a van, some guys grabbed me and pulled me in, and I don’t know where I’m at.” Next, a man’s voice comes on… “Your daughter seen me and my son doing things that she …

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The Timeshare Exit Scam

Michael and Lynn (whose names were changed for privacy) bought a timeshare for $40,000 a number of years ago. Their maintenance fee was $2,000 per year.  They got a call, supposedly from Wyndham resorts alerting them that timeshare policies have changed a lot and invited them to a free seminar. They were promised a dinner …

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Just Another Phone Scam

I love getting these kind of messages. Even more when it turns out to be a fairly common scam. Here’s hoping that you don’t fall for it. I know I didn’t. Yes this is Helen Williams I’m calling in reference to your federal student loan. I need to discuss your repayment options with the new …

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Is it really Apple?

New variations on scams seem to pop up daily. One of the latest targets Apple customers who are having issues with their devices. This time with a twist. You call them. An elderly woman who was having trouble removing an app from her iPhone did a web search for Apple Customer Support. The number that …

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