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The Dangers of Automatic Reloading

I received the following email graphic from Starbucks today. I thought, hey that’s a good idea, but then I remembered something from 2015. Reloading for Points ! A while back, I was the victim of a scam using this system. Starbucks’ customer list had been breached. Using that information, bogus Loyalty Cards were created. The scam is well described in the graphic below. This outlines the importance of not turning on Automatic Reloads on any card like the Starbucks Reward Card. ...
Tags: Security, Marketing, Scams, Starbucks, Credit Card, Consumer Advocacy

USPS Phishing Texts Are Flooding Phones Across The Country

On top of all the other fracas currently facing our country’s postal service, the USPS name is at the center of a string of phishing schemes slamming phones nationwide, with some folks claiming these texts have ties to a massive, multinational sex trafficking operation—while offering no evidence to back it up.Read more...
Tags: Science, Scams, Usps, Phishing, Postal Apocalypse

Hundreds of Americans planted those unsolicited mystery seeds from China

Despite USDA warnings, hundreds, maybe even thousands, of Americans planted those mystery "innocuous" Chinese seeds sent to addresses in all 50 states, according to Motherboard's Jason Koebler. Some even ate them. What he learned through reading internal documents obtained from state departments of agriculture and the USDA through the Freedom of Information Act is fascinating (and not all that surprising). VICE: Based on documents I've read, the scale of the mystery seed operation was muc...
Tags: Post, News, China, Usda, Scams, North Carolina, Jason Koebler, Chinese seeds, Mystery Seeds

How to Spot Price Gouging on Amazon

The convenience of Amazon is tough to beat, particularly in the midst of COVID-19, but a new report shows the tech giant may be overcharging for some pandemic essentials.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Shopping, Scams, Online Shopping, Lifehacks

Man, 21, busted for posing as 14-year-old and enrolling in high school

In every high school there's always one or two guys who look like they're full-grown adults. Maybe they are! Police in Baldwin County, Georgia arrested Abay Holmes, 21, who had pretended to be a homeless 14-year-old and signed up for high school. WMAZ reported that "a woman in Milledgeville took in Holmes and he was enrolled virtually at Baldwin County High School." According to police, after a few days "Holmes became 'unruly' and the woman kicked him out of her home. Police were called when ...
Tags: Post, News, Education, Atlanta, Scams, Homelessness, High School, Cons, Holmes, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Milledgeville, Baldwin County, WMAZ, Georgia Military College, Baldwin County Georgia, Abay Holmes

Can property owners learn the warning signs of a grifter?

A rental property owner in New York City's West Village was recently taken advantage of by a "serial grifter" who turned into a nightmare roommate. Is it possible for property owners to safeguard themselves against these con artists?
Tags: New York City, Lifestyle, Scams, Radio, Lawsuits, The Atlantic, Agent, Airbnb, Rentals, Hamptons, Squatters, West Village, Property Owners, Select, News Brief, Cleaning Supplies

We Absolutely Do Not Need a Comcast OS on Smart TVs

If there’s one thing TVs absolutely do not need, it’s a TV OS from Big Cable.Read more...
Tags: Science, Scams, Comcast, Tvs, Peacock, Streaming Wars

Sakawa Review: Ghana, e-waste and online dating scams

Sakawa is a moving, sympathetic portrayal of an online dating fraud syndicate in Ghana The post Sakawa Review: Ghana, e-waste and online dating scams appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Reviews, Films, Scams, Online Dating, Friday, Ghana, Film Review, Sakawa

Free Credit Bureau Access

Getting free credit bureau access sounds like something really great, but the reason I got it, is a really bad thing. How do these massive data-breaches keep happening? The post Free Credit Bureau Access appeared first on Canadian Personal Finance Blog
Tags: Security, Technology, Marketing, Scams, Credit, Free Credit Bureau Access

How to Avoid Rental Scams Now That So Many Viewings Are Virtual

Whether or not you’re a fan of attending virtual doctor visits or weddings, having these services and events accessible during a pandemic has been a game-changer. And while using real estate websites and apps to get a look at a property isn’t new, many parts of the process that used to be done in-person now take place…Read more...
Tags: Real Estate, Renting, Scams, Lifehacks

Sowing doubt: people around world receive mystery seed parcels

Packages marked as ‘earrings’ spark biosecurity concerns and global investigations into originsThere is not much that Jan Goward does not grow in her small Eastbourne garden. “I grow everything,” she says. “I’ve got the exotics: the aubergines, the chillies …”But some mystery seeds she received in the post this week – ostensibly from Singapore, and marked as stud earrings – will not be joining them. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, China, Singapore, Environment, UK News, World news, US news, Scams, Asia Pacific, Portugal, New Zealand, Plants, Invasive Species, Eastbourne, Jan Goward

How to Score Authentic Fyre Festival Gear

The 2017 Fyre Festival was, well, a dumpster fire and not really a festival at all. Pitched as an exclusive luxury music festival in the Bahamas co-organized by Ja Rule and hyped up by influencers like Kendall Jenner, the event turned out to be no more than a collection of disaster tents and sad cheese sandwiches.Read more...
Tags: Scams, Auctions, Merch, Kendall Jenner, Lifehacks, Bahamas, Fyre Festival

A 17-year-old was arrested for being the “mastermind” of the massive bitcoin Twitter hack

A 17-year-old boy from Tampa, Florida was arrested by the FBI, IRS, US Secret Service, and Florida law enforcement, who accuse the teenager of being the "mastermind" behind the Bitcoin scam Twitter hack that compromised the accounts of over a dozen famous people including Elon Musk, Joe Biden, Bill Gates, and President Obama. Here's the press release from Andrew H Warren, in the Office of the State Attorney 13th judicial circuit: Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office tapped to prosecute worldwid...
Tags: Post, Elon Musk, Florida, News, Obama, America, Barack Obama, Cybersecurity, Scams, Fbi, Bitcoin, Hacks, Warren, Secret Service, Department Of Justice, Tampa

Do Not Plant These Mystery Seeds

Nobody knows why people across the country are getting unsolicited packages of seeds from China, but the USDA is trying to figure it out. In a statement this week, they gave some advice on what to do if you receive one of these packages. Read more...
Tags: China, Usda, Scams, Mysteries, Lifehacks

How to Spot the Latest Netflix Phishing Scam

Everyone loves Netflix, especially when they don’t have to pay for it. That’s why you’re sharing someone else’s account, right? Well, scammers love free Netflix, too, and a new phishing attack could get you to give up your precious user name and password, as well as other critical information you wouldn’t want others…Read more...
Tags: Security, Privacy, Scams, Netflix, Lifehacks, Phishing

Florida man bought Lamborghini with COVID-19 business relief funds

David Hines, 29, received $3.9 million in Paycheck Protection Program loans, a COVID-19 relief program for businesses. So naturally he spent $300,000 on a 2020 Lamborghini Huracán. According to WFTS news, police charged Hines with "one count of bank fraud, one count of making false statements to a financial institution and one count of engaging in transactions in unlawful proceeds." Sweet ride, dude. From WFTS: The complaints allege that Hines asked for around $13.5 million in PPP loa...
Tags: Post, Florida, News, Scams, Florida Man, Crimes, PPP, Hines, WFTS, David Hines, Charles Pescovitz, Jakub Halun

Did you receive a random packet of seeds apparently from China? Don't plant them.

Several US state departments of agriculture report that people are receiving unsolicited packets of seeds in the mail, apparently from China. Don't plant them, the officials warn. From USA Today: The agriculture departments in Washington, Louisiana, Kansas and Virginia have recently issued statements warning residents that the seeds may be invasive or otherwise harmful to local plants or livestock. People in Utah, Arizona and Ohio have also reported receiving the mysterious packages, lo...
Tags: Post, Gardening, Usa, News, China, Virginia, US, Scams, Plants, Ohio, Gardens, Seeds, Don, Utah Arizona, WHITEHOUSE Ohio, China Don

Google Will Show Authenticated Brand Logos in Gmail to Help Curb Scams

As part of a series of security updates to G Suite announced this week, Google says it’s piloting a new standard for email authentication that will display a company or brand icon next to email that Google has verified as legit—a measure that may help curb phishing and other malicious activity from bad actors.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Gmail, Scams, Phishing, G Suite, BIMI, Google Will Show Authenticated Brand Logos

How to spot a fake parkour video

YouTuber and parkour expert AMPISOUND breaks down a viral fake parkour video and its various forms of deception, including green screens, GoPros tossed out windows, and a guy dressed as a cute parkour girl. He says: You wouldn't think that parkour could be faked, but I investigated this video and couldn't believe what I found. This entire commercial of a lady running across the rooftops of Paris is fake! From the POV parkour to the girl in the dress, nothing about this video is real. Leave...
Tags: Video, News, Youtube, Fraud, Scams, Paris, Youtuber, Parkour, Fakes

Twitter crypto scam: 130 accounts targeted, 45 hacked, data of 8 users downloaded

Twitter revealed on Saturday that 130 accounts were targeted in the cryptocurrency scam in which many prominent users’ profiles were hacked. “For 45 of those accounts, the attackers were able to initiate a password reset, login to the account, and send Tweets,” the company said in a blog post. Of those users, eight accounts’ entire account details were requested and downloaded, including an archive that includes direct messages. Twitter added that none of these eight users are verified, which ru...
Tags: Travel, Twitter, News, US, Social Media, Scams, Hacking, Jeff Bezos, Donald Trump, Cryptocurrency, Aakar Patel, Elon Musk Joe Biden Bill Gates

Major Twitter hack pushes bitcoin scam on Obama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Apple, Uber, Biden accounts, collects $$$$

This is quite a major hack. Now is a good time to change your password. Hackers pumping a cryptocurrency giveaway scam appear to have compromised the Twitter accounts of leading exchanges, individuals and at least one news organization. Hackers gained access to the official verified Twitter accounts of some of America’s most famous, wealthy, and powereful people and best-known brands, including: - Barack Obama – Joe Biden —Jeff Bezos —Bill Gates —Kanye West —Mike Bloomberg —Elon Musk —Apple - ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Security, Twitter, Post, Business, Elon Musk, Technology, News, Nbc News, America, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, US news, Scams, Tech News

Never Email Your Social Security Number, I Am Begging You

The emails started rolling in to me around the same time the government started sending out coronavirus relief payments in April. Read more...
Tags: Fraud, Scams, Lifehacks, Identity Theft

Credit Card Skimmers Can Hide in an Icon's Metadata

In the midst of a news cycle filled with stories of the chaotic global pandemic and mass civil unrest raging around us right now, I personally find solace in stories about the constants we can rely on: Stories of brands continuing to show their ass on social media. Stories about budged art restorations continuing to…Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Scams, Magecart

Shady TikTok clone Zynn finally removed from the App Store

Zynn, the TikTok clone that shot to the top of the app store charts in late May, was pulled from Apple’s App Store on Monday. The controversial app had already been removed from the Google Play store, following a series of complaints from influencers who claimed Zynn had uploaded content they had published elsewhere without their permission. Others also said they found profiles of themselves on Zynn even though they had never signed up, Wired reported earlier this month. Though Google at the tim...
Tags: Apple, Google, Mobile, Apps, Tech, Ios Apps, Scams, Chinese communist party, App-store, Federal Trade Commission, Facebook Twitter, Hawley, Sensor Tower, Kuaishou, Zynn, Josh Hawley R MO

Beware Fake Venmo Scams When Donating to Bail Funds

The Minnesota Freedom Fund, which has been bailing out protesters in Minneapolis, has become a popular cause to donate to this week. Great! But make sure you go to their actual website—and don’t donate to the fake venmo that’s been floating around in their name. Read more...
Tags: Minneapolis, Scams, Giving, Lifehacks, Minnesota Freedom Fund

The Anti-5G USB Stick Is a Scam

A lot of bullshit has been circulating about 5G lately, specifically as it relates to the novel coronavirus. To be very clear: There is no evidence that the rollout of 5G is at all connected to the origin or spread of covid-19. But that hasn’t stopped dozens of attacks on cell towers, the proliferation of cockamamie …Read more...
Tags: Science, Scams, 5g, Coronavirus, Covid 19

As Covid-19 Scams Run Rampant, Google Launches a Scam-Spotter Quiz

Since the outbreak of covid-19, Google has been working to suppress ads from profiteers peddling low-quality, high-cost PPE and health elixirs, trying to get their hands on stimulus checks and credit card information. The company started a covid-19 which has prioritized, among other things, thwarting…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Scams

Man Charged for Allegedly Forging Positive Covid-19 Letter That Cost Employer $100,000 in Losses

A man in Morrow, Georgia, has been charged for allegedly submitting a fake medical letter for a positive covid-19, defrauding his company and causing an estimated $100,000 in damages after his employer was forced to close and unnecessarily quarantine several of the man’s colleagues.Read more...
Tags: Science, Fraud, Scams, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Morrow Georgia

How to identify and avoid internet scams during COVID-19

COVID-19 brought about a set of new obstacles to industry professionals, including an increased risk of cybercrime. So what can real estate agents do to avoid falling victim to internet scammers?
Tags: Technology, Malware, Service, Scams, Ransomware, Data Breach, Radio, Agent, Phishing, Eac, BEC, Denial of Service, Brokerage, Select, Internet Scams, Spoofing

Hydroxychloroquine doesn't work against COVID-19 and may cause heart problems, largest study of its kind shows

Yet another medical study says hydroxychloroquine, the drug much hyped by Donald Trump, is not effective against COVID-19 and could also cause deadly heart problems. The study was the largest of its kind, and was published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. From CNN's Elizabeth Cohen: It follows a study published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine that also showed the drug doesn't fight the virus. Even before these reports were published, the US Food and D...
Tags: Health, Post, News, New York City, Cnn, Scams, University, National Institutes of Health, Donald Trump, Albany, Trump, US Food and Drug Administration, Elizabeth Cohen, New England Journal of Medicine, Hydroxychloroquine, Coronavirus

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