Top Scams of the Week for January 19th 2016

Each week, the Identity Theft Resource Center works with some of the top industry experts to provide consumers with updates about threats to their personal data. The Better Business Bureau leads the way by publishing a recurring and continually updated list of scams, fraud attempts, and other threats each day in its Scam Tracker.

Be Ready for the Powerball Scams

It seems like the entire country has been caught up in Powerball fever. And with the largest payout in history—approximately 1.6 billion dollars, in case you hadn’t heard—it’s no wonder.

New Bill Criminalizes Caller ID Spoofing

If you get a phone call from your bank and a representative tells you there’s an issue with your account, it’s a pretty safe bet that you’ll sit up and take notice. After speaking to the representative for a few moments and verifying your account holder information, you might be offered some options if there’s a payment or minimum balance issue.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has literally changed the world, and we don’t just mean in the development of the social media platform that he started in his college dorm room.

There’s no shortage of scammers lurking on social media, but a recent scam on Facebook may hit a little too close to its mark, especially at this time of year. As the holidays approach, it’s easy to fall victim to offers of free money, but this one is nothing but a fraud.

Facebook Pyramid Scheme Leaves You at Risk

Pyramid schemes are nothing new. They go by many names and offer a lot of different variations, some of which sound like harmless fun or even legitimate business opportunities. But in the end, not only are pyramid schemes a good way to lose a lot of money and the trust of your friends and family, they’re also illegal.

Each week, the Identity Theft Resource Center works with some of the top industry experts to provide consumers with updates about threats to their personal data. Scam Detector leads the way by publishing a top ten list of scams, fraud attempts, and other threats each week, ones that are either new or on the rise. Take a look at some of their more recent top scams or fraud attempts.

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