One of the automatic hallmarks of any scam is that the victim must pay with an untraceable payment method. It doesn’t matter what the story is—a loved one who’s been kidnapped, a utility that’s about to be shut off for non-payment, back taxes you allegedly owe to the IRS, whatever—if you’re told you must pay with an iTunes gift card, prepaid debit card, or wire transfer like Western Union or MoneyGram, it is definitely a scam.
Each year, US retailers hire an estimated 570,000 short-term employees to help carry the weight of the holiday shopping season. With the need for additional manpower on the sales floor, at the customer service desk, and in the shipping department, these opportunities help companies maximize their annual profits while allowing consumers to earn a little extra income.
For most people, the ability to work from home might sound like the best of both worlds. Earning your full income while setting your own hours, being home with your kids, avoiding the daily commute, and working in your bathrobe is ideal, but the reality of that kind of arrangement isn't quite the fairy tale it's made out to be.
When the worst happens, it is terrible to think that scammers are waiting to strike. Hurricanes, tropical storms, floods, forest fires…there’s no shortage of natural events that leave devastation in their wake. However, for too many disaster victims, falling into a criminal’s trap can make a horrible situation devastatingly worse.
Social media is a great tool for keeping in touch with friends and family, sharing the news about upcoming events, and just generally staying “in the know.” Unfortunately, it’s also a hotbed of scams and fraudulent activity which travels the globe under the guise of being genuine, interesting posts.
One common scam that targets individuals of various demographics is the “verification” scam, and it’s so prevalent simply because it works. A caller explains there’s an issue with your account or your profile, which is already alarming, but then says that for your safety and security they need you to verify your account information.