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Luxury vacation offer may be a scam

Susan Ladika

If you’re hoping for a hot time vacationing at a luxurious tropical resort this summer, you could wind up cooling your heels if you fall for a new travel scam. Fraudsters have been busily calling, faxing and emailing individuals and businesses…
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‘Fraudster’s Dictionary’ names the latest cyberscams

Susan Ladika

Think you’re hip to the latest in scams and fraud? Then maybe it’s time to brush up on your cyberspeak. You’ve probably heard of ransomware, where the bad guys hold your computer hostage. Click on the wrong link and malware…
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Pet buyers, beware fraudsters

Susan Ladika

How much is that doggie on the Internet? The one with the waggly tail? How much is that doggie in the window? You’d better hope that dog’s really for sale.
Some consumers have wound up forking out hundreds or thousands of dollars for a cute little puppy or kitty that doesn’t even exist.
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How I don’t fall victim to phone scammers

Susan Ladika

In the past couple of months I’ve gotten repeated phone messages from a company implying it wanted to serve me with legal papers; a debt collector looking for someone named Janice Leake; the “U.S. government” calling from a Kansas City area code; a number reportedly associated with a credit card rate reduction scam; a call from an area code that doesn’t exist; and several other numbers that I don’t know.

I don’t trust anybody anymore — at least not if they’re calling me from a phone number I don’t recognize.

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Farewell, urgent, misspelled appeals: Nigerian email scam dying off

Daniel Ray

Farewell, noble scion of a Libyan oil fortune; I shall miss your misspellings. Adieu, widowed princess of a diamond-producing country with troubled politics and tortured syntax.
For decades, I have enjoyed and destroyed your urgent entreaties to rescue you and your vast, somewhat shady fortune. I always thought it odd that I could be of service only if I would give you my bank account information, but no matter anymore.
A scam, known today as the Nigerian or 419 scam, is going away.
So says the Federal Trade Commission, which again this year has published its list of biggest consumer complaints.
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