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Scam Artist Turns Victim Into Accomplice In Employment Scam – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — Have you ever wondered how a scam works? Sometimes the con artists turn their victims into accomplices. That’s what we discovered as we unraveled an employment scam that targeted a Summit woman.

Morning Insider Tim McNicholas takes us inside a growing scam.

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“I feel sick to my stomach,” said a Michigan woman who was in search for love. “I was just looking for a relationship, I don’t know how I got into this mess.”

Meantime, Carla Wilbon, of southwest suburban Summit, is out thousands of dollars, with nothing but a fake check to show for it.

“I would like to see him prosecuted,” she said. “My phone bill was due, my mortgage was due, and now because of all this, everything is behind.”

You might wonder what one has to do with the other.

Wilbon works from home scheduling doctors’ appointments for people in need, but when someone in her own family got sick, that job wasn’t enough to pay the bills.

“So I wanted to try to supplement my income,” she said.

She picked up a second gig as an assistant to the CEO of something called Hawkins Interior Design—they even had a legit-looking website.

“This is a remote position,” she said.

A so-called CEO sent her a check right out of the gates for $2,800. He asked her to deposit it into her own account, then take out $2,600 in money orders to pay some bills for him.

“Now, the check that was in…

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Watch for scam texts pretending to be from Verizon, AT&T, Hulu, FedEx

The on-going pandemic-related stress surely must be worth a free-gift, bonus or some sort of discount somewhere. 

Unfortunately, we’re seeing an onslaught of texts promoting fake COVID-19 themed discounts and deals. 

The Better Business Bureau mentions two specific scams that are hitting consumers in September. 

There’s the text pretending to be from Hulu. “Due to the pandemic, Hulu is giving everyone a free one-year subscription to help you stay at home.” All you have to do is click on a link, which of course, will lead to all sorts of trouble.

And there’s the text pretending to be from Verizon. “COVID-19 REFUND. VERIZON COMPANY is giving out $950 to all users of our Verizon service.” Again, let’s think about this a bit. Why would Verizon or any company be giving out hundreds of dollars in refund cash? Yep, it’s a scam. 

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Five held over online scam targeting Chinese nationals

KUALA LUMPUR: The police have arrested four men and a woman believed to be involved in a bogus online investment scheme that was out to cheat victims from China.

City deputy Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) chief Supt Tan Poh Cheok said they raided an apartment unit in Cheras on Tuesday (Sept 21) after receiving information that a syndicate involving locals and foreigners was operating out of the place.

“We arrested four foreign men and a local woman aged between 20 and 23. They are suspected to be involved in the syndicate that runs a bogus online investment scheme,” he said in a statement on Wednesday (Sept 22).

The police, he added, also seized six laptops and 12 mobile phones during the raid.

“Investigation revealed that the syndicate has been operating since early this month and targeting victims from China,” he said.

Supt Tan advised the public not to fall prey to any investment scheme, including those offered online.

Those with information on criminal or suspicious activity should contact the City police hotline at 03-2146 0584/0585 or the nearest police station.

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Recognize These Scams Targeting Trucking Companies — Occupational Health & Safety

Recognize These Scams Targeting Trucking Companies

Trucking companies face many hazards, from poor road conditions to inclement weather to mechanical failure. One less obvious but equally pressing threat facing this industry is fraud. Scams are an issue for any business, and they have become more common as companies have come to rely more heavily on digital technologies. Trucking businesses, which often deal in large paydays and may lack sufficient anti-fraud measures, are ideal targets.

Here are few common types of scams targeting trucking companies that these businesses should recognize.

1. DOT Impersonation

One of the most common ways scammers target trucking companies is by impersonating government officials, especially from the Department of Transportation (DOT). Scammers will often message companies or even show up in-person and ask for financial information or demand payment for a regulatory violation. Since these appear urgent, employees frequently fall for these scams. The DOT will never request financial information or related data through email, mail, text, phone or fax. Companies can also call or email the DOT to verify the validity of an interaction or request. Teaching employees these steps can prevent falling for these…

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Don’t let the bad guys trick you out of your money | Nvdaily

Your cellphone rings and you answer it. A feeling of dread rises as you hear the caller, who says he is from the sheriff’s office, tells you that you missed jury duty and there is a warrant out for your arrest.

You’re in a panic, not believing this could be happening to you. The caller is convincing. He tells you that to resolve the problem you can pay the fine of $500 by sending money through a wire transfer or buying multiple gift cards and mailing them to a certain location.

This is just one of a number of scams thieves are using to convince you to give them your money. During a recent interview, Sgt. Terry Fritts, of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, said such scams present a difficult situation for everyone involved.

“It’s difficult for us to even investigate,” he said. “We do pick up the ball, and we run with it as far as we can. However, a lot of times we reach a dead end when we find that the bad guys used all these different VPNs [virtual private networks] to bounce off of and we don’t actually know where the bad guy is from.

“And when we do finally trace them out, usually we would find that these people aren’t even in the United States and then that’s where our hands are tied because once it becomes an international incident, if it doesn’t meet a certain threshold of money, then the feds don’t even look at…

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Scammers target footy fans ahead of AFL grand final

Scammers target footy fans ahead of AFL grand final with some spending up to $250 for tickets that were never delivered

  • West Australian footy fans have lost money after being stung by scammers
  • Authorities say a number of people have paid up to $250 each for tickets 
  • Scammers posted advertisements for tickets on internet trading site Gumtree

West Australian footy fans have lost money after being stung by scammers selling fake online tickets for Saturday’s AFL grand final.

Authorities say a number of people have paid up to $250 each for tickets that were never delivered, including some who posted advertisements on internet trading site Gumtree.

Consumer Protection Commissioner Gary Newcombe said with just a few days before the game, scammers would ramp up their attempts to rip people off.

West Australian footy fans have lost money after being stung by scammers selling fake online tickets for Saturday’s AFL grand final

‘We strongly urge consumers to exercise extreme caution before handing over money for tickets being sold online,’ he said.

His office has also cracked down on people selling tickets at inflated prices in breach of WA’s new ticket scalping laws that came into…

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How to avoid rental property scams as demand rises

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – The population in Southwest Florida is continuing to grow, and it appears to be in high demand causing prices for rental properties to rise.

Out-of-state residents are searching online for affordable housing in the area and a number of Lee County residents are trying to find affordable rental options. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office said scammers know how difficult it can be to find affordable housing.

Deputies said when searching for rental properties, be alert to ads listing a price significantly lower than similar properties. Renters also shouldn’t sign any documents before inspecting the property both inside and out. LCSO said renters have been scammed when trying to rent properties that don’t exist or are not for rent.

Officials with the sheriff’s office recommended verifying ownership using the Lee County Property Appraiser’s website. They said you should ensure you are dealing with the owner or an authorized representative.

Never wire money as a deposit or payment for the first and last month’s rent, especially without a signed and verified lease, LCSO said. Requests to wire money overseas or to send gift cards as a form of deposit should never be considered.

Deputies also said to not let your online property search end in identity theft. LCSO said renters shouldn’t share personal information without verifying the identity of the party that they are dealing with.

Investigators also said hackers can easily change contact…

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Instagram Account Uses Viral Video Of Oklahoma 4-Year-Old To Scam Users

A Tulsa family whose four-year-old daughter recently went viral as she battled COVID-19 is warning against giving money to sites claiming to help them. This comes after an Instagram user created a fake fundraiser for Aurora.  

Sometimes kindness comes at a cost. Experts with AARP recommend you do your due diligence before donating to random online fundraisers.  

“People want to do the right things and they want to help out but in their hurry to do that, they’re sometimes moving a little too quickly,” said Melanie Henry, AARP Oklahoma.  

You might remember Aurora Cannon who went viral after her mom shared videos of her journey battling COVID-19 before making a full recovery.  

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Aurora’s mom said she closed their GoFundMe a couple weeks ago and was shocked to discover an Instagram user was using their story for profit.  

In a statement, Cannon said, “I am honestly disgusted that someone would use those vulnerable videos of my daughter as a ploy to benefit themselves. We shared those after much debate, because we wanted good to come out of it. We wanted to educate others. And now someone is taking advantage and it breaks my heart. So if anyone sees a link to donate, DONT!” 

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“The reality is, the crooks don’t care what your age is, where you live, they don’t care what you do for a living. All they want to do is…

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MEL STRIDE: Government must finally stand up to online crooks

Government must finally stand up to online crooks, says chairman of the Treasury committee MEL STRIDE

Every day innocent consumers are falling victim to fraudulent online advertising.

Scammers are largely acting with impunity online, developing sophisticated websites, systems and even call centres to draw in unsuspecting victims.

And far from slowing down this onslaught of economic crime, the pandemic has tragically provided further opportunities for these despicable criminals.

Online threat: Scammers are largely acting with impunity online, developing sophisticated websites, systems and even call centres to draw in unsuspecting victims

In an era of low interest rates, it’s no surprise that people are trying to find ways to stretch their hard-earned money further.

But a quick search online for something as simple as ‘How to invest’ or ‘Can I move my pension?’ can plunge you into a Wild West of fraudulent adverts, where even the savviest among us would struggle to work out what’s legitimate and what is a scam.

All of this explains why the Treasury Select Committee is calling on the Government to legislate against fraudulent adverts in…

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Instagram Account Uses Viral Video Of Oklahoma 3-Year-Old To Scam Users

Tuesday, September 21st 2021, 1:56 pm

By: News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma –

AARP is recommending folks do their due diligence before donating to random online fundraisers. Recently an Instagram account was claiming to be collecting money for a 3-year-old girl whose story recently went viral as she battled COVID-19 but has since recovered.

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News On 6’s Ashlyn Brothers will have more details on this story and how to avoid falling victim to fraud tonight at 6.

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