“Grandchild” Scams on the Rise: Criminals Pretending to Be Your Family

Chad North June 14, 2021

Every parent or grandparent knows what it’s like to have their kids or grandkids call and ask them for help–often financial help. That’s simply par the course of being family. However, scammers know this, too, and they’re taking advantage of older people’s generosity. A new wave of scams from people …

WhatsApp Scam Targets Users of Popular Chat App

Chad North June 7, 2021

The popular chat app WhatsApp has been the target of an ongoing and frustrating scam, experts warn. The scam is simple, straightforward, and has been around for years. It also continues to catch otherwise-savvy victims. Read on for info on how to avoid this common and frustrating WhatsApp scam. How …

Child Identity Theft Has Long-Term Consequences

Penny Holmes June 4, 2021

Think only adults can be the victims of identity theft? Think again! More than a million children have their identities stolen every year. This can have a long-term impact on their lives, from difficulty establishing their own credit to trouble getting student loans or buying homes in the future. A …

Authorities: Eight Arrested in Text Message Delivery Scam

Chad North May 24, 2021

Eight people have been arrested in the UK in connection to a text message scam ring. The men were arrested from locations across the country in early-morning raids, with several already being released pending further investigation into their activities. One of the men is facing charges related to the scam, …

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Medicare Scam: Woman Arrested After Swindling $6 Million
Chad North May 10, 2021

Medicare Scam: Woman Arrested After Swindling $6 Million

A woman has been arrested after creating fake billings for home health care that defrauded Medicare for $6 million. Lilit Gagikovna Baltaian, 58, of Porter Ranch, California was arrested Thursday for her role in a scam that saw her connecting patients with home healthcare companies. Police explained that the companies …
PS5 and Xbox Scam Preys on Impatient Gamers
Chad North May 3, 2021

PS5 and Xbox Scam Preys on Impatient Gamers

The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X releases in November of 2020 weren’t exactly smooth. In both cases, the popular consoles sold out rapidly. A combination of factors has come together to make acquiring one of these next-gen consoles a frustrating affair. For one thing, a shortage of semiconductors stemming …
Dirt to Gold Scam Ends in Jail Time for Con Artists
Chad North April 26, 2021

Dirt to Gold Scam Ends in Jail Time for Con Artists

Haven’t you ever wondered about the potential to change the mundane things around you into something more exciting? The study of alchemy, in the ancient world, sought to transform common metals like lead into a much more valuable material: gold. In the modern-day, the scientific study of chemistry explores the …

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Insurance Agent Fraud: How a Corrupt Agent Can Cost You
Chad North April 23, 2021

Insurance Agent Fraud: How a Corrupt Agent Can Cost You

Car insurance agents are here to help you, right? Well, usually. Most insurance agents are professionals who are looking to make a commission, and their reputation is their livelihood. A few bad apples, however, mean you need to be vigilant about who you work with. Corrupt agents can cost you …
Car Insurance Scams are More Common than You Think
Chad North April 23, 2021

Car Insurance Scams are More Common than You Think

Have you ever been cruising down the road, minding your own business, when you notice that you’re being boxed in by two other drivers? One ahead of you begins slowing down drastically, a third vehicle stopping in front of them at a high rate of speed, while the one in …