Fire Department Charges Family $20,000 After Their Home Burns Down

A family in Surprise, Arizona certainly got the shock of their life after their home burned down and they received a bill for almost $20,000. Even though their home was a total loss, they are still expected to pay $19,825…

Virtual Kidnapping: Four Charged in Virtual Scam

It seems that virtual kidnappings are on the rise. Recent investigations led to the arrest of four virtual kidnappers from Mexico.  According to a federal indictment unsealed on Friday 8, the kidnappers were using telecommunication tactics to collect money from…

Irving Fryar & Mother Indicted in New Jersey

It was not a happy hump day for former NFL wide receiver Irving Fryar and his mother. Fryar and his mother, Allene McGhee, were indicted on Wednesday by a grand jury in New Jersey for a mortgage fraud scam. The…

Bernie Madoff Accountant Charged with Fraud

NBC News reported this week that Paul Konigsberg, an attorney and accountant, was charged yesterday with falsifying records and related securities connected to the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme. Konigsberg is the only non-Madoff family member who owned a controlling interest…

Who Falls For Nigerian Email Scams? The Gullible, of Course

We’ve all gotten them. The emails from someone purporting to have a lot of money that needs help sailing through the tricky waters of international banking. The ones that need us (me!) to do the important work of banking for…

Fake Apple Survey Email Making The Rounds

A fake survey claiming to be from Apple is making the rounds this morning. It’s pretty much your basic phishing email. It offers the recipient the chance to take a survey in exchange for $115 Apple Store gift card. Of…

Likejacking Scams on Facebook

Be careful who you friend and what websites you are being requested to visit because some sites employ a “Manual Sharing Scam” – better known as “Likejacking” or Clickjacking. Once users click on these scamming sites they could receive posts…

Man Tricks Girlfriend on Facebook, Imprisoned

In Great Britain, a man has been jailed for seven years for tricking his girlfriend into performing sex acts online through the use of false identities on Facebook. Darrell Bingham, 49, posed as an American football player and subjected his…

Scammers Continue to Post Fake Facebook Videos

It should be old news by now that if you see a questionable video on Facebook you probably should not click on it, and definitely don’t give any information or fill out a survey. But with the shear number of…

Tax Season 2012: Avoid Online Scams

For years, online scammers have been taking advantage of people at tax time. Many people look for ways to get their tax refund back as quickly as possible. Legitimate tax return prep offices and other businesses offers “refund anticipation loans”,…