We want to help you all stay safe. And we can’t remind you enough that when times get bad, scammers get “badder”. Many very intelligent and otherwise alert people have been scammed. And during the worldwide COVID19 pandemic, scammers are everywhere. And most of the new scams have nothing to do with the current world situation. The scammers take advantage of people’s fears and hope to make easy money. And we don’t want you to fall victim to these parasites.
Today we’re recommending a site called Scam Detector. Scam Detector makes it super easy to search for scams by category: auto, face-to-face, Internet, telephone and travel. Just choose a category and you’ll get a list of scams, with detailed information (and sometimes videos) about each scam, and more importantly tips on how you can avoid it.
Scam Detector also allows you to submit a scam. And if you’ve been a victim of a scam, you can use use the Scam Detector Website or app to file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau.
Scam Detector is based in Alberta, Canada and was founded by Sorin Mihailovici. The site’s creator said he got the idea for Scam Detector when his best friend lost $30,000 to Nigerian scammers. And according to Scam Detector, it’s the “World’s #1 fraud prevention platform,
exposing over 1,000 scams.”
Here are just a few examples from the Scam Detector site.
“…Questionable final expense life insurance companies design and send postcards to neighborhoods populated by the elderly. The card informs the recipient that “an approved senior final expense program is now available, to help pay for the senior’s final expenses.” (aka funeral).
The card also mentions that the program could get the qualifying seniors up to $15,000! Indeed, the call-to-action is at the bottom of the card, stating: “It is your legal right as a taxpayer to receive all the information available to you. You must complete this request form within 5 days.” Seniors fall for this and are required to pay not only a “small” application fee, but also to give all their personal information…”
(This article includes a video showing how these scams work.)
“…Did you get calls on your mobile phone displaying numbers that look similar to yours, maybe one-two digits off? Here is the scam exposed, with a great video. Learn how to stop spoofing calls, how to report a phone number that keeps calling, and how to stop getting calls from unknown numbers.
If you’ve received calls from numbers with the same area code and with the same exact first 3-4 digits like yours, criminals have realized that you are more likely to respond. How does the scam work? …
(This article includes a video showing how this scam works.)
Ordering food to be delivered to your door has been around for years. People love to take away the hassle of cooking their own meals by instead ordering a meal to their own house. As the amount of fast food options have increased, so has the amount of food being delivered.
Yet, it is not only fast food restaurants that are using delivery methods. Fine dining restaurants are also marketing now the aspect of delivery of their delicious food. Grocery stores are getting in on the delivery game, too. With everything having an online presence these days, the pressure is on to get into the delivery business.
This is a beneficial thing for anyone who has a busy life and like some of the complexity taken out of it. Ordering a meal and having it delivered to your door makes life that much simpler. Unfortunately, scammers are also taking advantage of the delivery game. How does this scam work?
In the first particular case, the text of the email reads: “We are allowing the first 25,000 subscribers to receive a special rate and lock in their current pricing for the next five years. Click here for this offer”.
Clicking the link will get you to fill in a form with all your banking and personal info, not to mention the link containing malware or other viruses.
Watch the video below to see a first variation of Netflix Scam exposed:
Take some time to visit Scam Detector and browse the scams. There are a lot of them. You’ll recognize many of them, but you might not know how they work.
And don’t forget to add Scam Detector to your browser’s Favorites or Bookmarks. It’s a valuable resource and you’ll want to it use often.
Stay informed. Stay safe!