I am in Charleston, West Virginia. It’s a bit of a blog shortcut. Hopefully, this will serve as a caution.
I am going to post a list of scams that a committee of Congress has provided, for our awareness. It was a good reminder to me of what “hucksters” are doing.
A: Types of fraud most commonly reported to the committee include:
- Computer scams that involve fraudsters tricking consumers into believing their computers are riddled with malware and then charge them to “fix” the problems.
- Grandparent scams, where con artists pretend to be a family member, often a grandchild, who is in urgent need of money to cover medical care or fix a legal problem, such as money for bail.
- Health-related scams, especially medical alert device schemes, where scammers attempt to collect personal information or convince seniors to pay for a device or service they never ordered.
- Identity theft, including reports of tax-related identity theft.
- Lottery scams, including reports of the Jamaican lottery scam, in which fraudsters lead victims to believe they have won a lottery but must pay upfront fees or taxes before their winnings can be released.
- Social Security fraud, where Social Security benefits are re-routed from the accounts of rightful recipients to fraudulently created bank and debit card accounts.
And for our pic o’ day: