If you’ve ever bought anything online, you’ve probably experienced that same moment of hesitation before clicking “confirm” on your purchase. Is this seller trustworthy? Is he going to send me a defective item? Is he going to take my money and not send anything at all?
In the realm of internet activity, there are a lot of different ways that scammers and hackers can nab your personal information. All too often, though, the victim of the data theft accidentally does the dirty work for the scammer.
Who doesn’t love the thought of discovering a little bit of extra money? Not enough to be categorized as a mega-millionaire—although that wouldn’t hurt too badly either, would it—but just a few hundred dollars? Maybe a couple thousand?
When disaster strikes, there’s often a heart-tugging sadness that comes from feeling powerless to do something useful. As distanced bystanders, we’re left reeling from the news footage of the horrific events, both man-made and natural, and thinking to ourselves, “If only there was something I could do to help.”
The infamous Nigerian prince emails have become so much a part of everyday society that they’ve actually turned into a pop culture joke. Unfortunately, that reality of email scams—many of them originating in Nigeria, hence the nickname, but in actuality coming from around the globe—is anything but amusing.
The Rio Olympics are set to kick off, and sports fans around the world have their eyes set on South America. If you’re one of the lucky fans who’ve opted to travel to the country to watch the action up close, be prepared: the usual numbers of scams associated with any exotic locale will grow exponentially during this event.
The ITRC recently released information regarding the best practices for parents when using a child ID kit. One of the questions we heard over and over was, “Are the companies behind this really scams, or are they just misinformed?” My response was that there are probably a blend of both, but that we at the ITRC had direct experience with a scam company in the southern California area.