BBB releases list of top scams of 2012 - New York News

BBB releases list of top scams of 2012

Posted: Updated:

By Brenda Buttner, FOX News

First Lady Michelle Obama is the latest public figure to have her social security number leaked online by a web site posting private data.

The identity thieves are changing their game -- coming up with new ways to get their hands on your personal information, including going after your cell phone.

The feds are cracking down on mobile spammers and the Federal Trade Commission recently filed complaints against 29 defendants -- this for sending 180 million unwanted text messages to consumers.

"Your phone is buzzing at you or beeping at you to get your attention -- you'll take it out you'll look at it right away.  And also people are far more likely if they get a link in the message to click on that link," said Cloudmark researcher Andrew Conway.

Scammers can get to you in a variety of ways, not just via text message.

The top scams of 2012 according to the Better Business Bureau:

5. A Phishing scam saying President Obama will pay your utility bills. 

Consumers received e-mails and even in-person solicitations, telling them about a new government program.  It's not true though  -- and victims gave their information to an official-looking web site.

4. Non-existent loans.

You've seen the ads for things like no credit checks or no interest.  You pay up front for "insurance" purposes and they have you.

 3. Mystery shopping.

It's an employment scam offering a dream job for a price.

 2. The grandparents scam.

This is an oldie, but goodie -- it's when you get an e-mail or text saying a family member who is traveling has been arrested or hurt and needs money right away.  The difference now, thanks to social media -- scammers can tell when someone is actually on vacation.

 1. Car ads.

There's an online ad going around offering you $400 a week if you'll drive around with a company's logo on your car.  They send you a check, which you deposit in your bank account and send some to a graphic designer.  But a week later, it bounces and that designer no longer exists.

To see more of the scams out there, go to www.bbb.org

 

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Contract talks in Met Opera labor dispute extended

    Contract talks in Met Opera labor dispute extended

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:55 AM EDT2014-08-01 09:55:06 GMT
    A federal mediator is on her way to New York to try to resolve a labor faceoff at New York's Metropolitan Opera.
    New York's Metropolitan Opera says labor talks with its unions have been extended for an additional 72 hours, averting a threatened midnight lockout.
  • New York's smallest piece of private land

    New York's smallest piece of private land

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:45 AM EDT2014-08-01 09:45:15 GMT
    The Hess triangle is a tiny piece of private property in Greenwich Village. Manhattan historian Joyce Gold explained the origins of the property: After World War I, New York City seized a beautiful residence and tore it down so it could extend Seventh Avenue and the west side subway below it. The city left the building's owner only a tiny scrap of property so small it requested he donate the triangle to make way for a sidewalk. The man refused, took the city to court and won.
    The Hess triangle is a tiny piece of private property in Greenwich Village. Manhattan historian Joyce Gold explained the origins of the property: After World War I, New York City seized a beautiful residence and tore it down so it could extend Seventh Avenue and the west side subway below it. The city left the building's owner only a tiny scrap of property so small it requested he donate the triangle to make way for a sidewalk. The man refused, took the city to court and won.
  • Runners of 3,100-mile race in Queens seek spiritual experience

    Runners of 3,100-mile race in Queens seek spiritual experience

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:26 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:26:44 GMT
    Since mid-June, 14 runners have been on a mission that is spiritual at its core. They are running the Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race in Jamaica, Queens. Spiritual leader and former Queens resident Sri Chimnoy, who died in 2007, created the race, which lasts 52 days.
    Since mid-June, 14 runners have been on a mission that is spiritual at its core. They are running the Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race in Jamaica, Queens. Spiritual leader and former Queens resident Sri Chimnoy, who died in 2007, created the race, which lasts 52 days.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices