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FBI warns of adultery blackmail scam

- by - MSN News

The FBI's Jacksonville division warned central Florida residents and others of a blackmail scam claiming to have evidence of adultery to its victims. The scammer usually threatens to reveal the information to the recipient's family or spouse unless demands are met, according to the FBI. 

If you come across this scam, FBI recommends you report it to law enforcement. You could also submit information to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center.

The warning comes as a study released in June reveals sweepstakes, lottery and prize-related scams cost Americans millions of dollars each year. The Better Business Bureau calls these schemes some of the "most serious and pervasive frauds operating today."


Sex ads website Backpage.com seized by U.S. authorities: posting

- by - Reuters

U.S. law enforcement agencies have seized the sex marketplace website Backpage.com as part of an enforcement action by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to a posting on the Backpage website on Friday.

Lawmakers and enforcement officials have been working to crack down on the site, which is used primarily to sell sex and is the second largest classified ad service in the country after Craigslist.


Impostor Scams Top List of 10 Biggest Frauds

- by - AARP

FTC releases data on 2017; total reports fell but amount lost rose to $905 million

Impostor scams were again the top fraud in 2017, according to the FTC, which has detailed 2.7 million complaints of scams last year.


84 Children Rescued, 120 Human Traffickers Arrested Across U.S., FBI Says

- by - NBC News

Operation Cross Country XI focused the attention of law enforcement agencies on a single goal: taking out "pimps" who run human trafficking rings.

This operation isn't just about taking traffickers off the street. It's about making sure we offer help and a way out to these young victims who find themselves caught in a vicious cycle of abuse.


Judge allows money laundering charges against Backpage execs

- by - ABC News

California prosecutors can bring money laundering charges against the creators of a website that prosecutors label an online brothel, a judge ruled Wednesday. But he dismissed other charges months after another judge threw out the entire case as violating free speech and federal protections.

Prosecutors filed new and expanded charges against Backpage.com chief executive Carl Ferrer and website founders Michael Lacey and James Larkin this spring. The three pleaded not guilty after the judge allowed the money laundering charges.


The Man Who Wrote Those Password Rules Has a New Tip: N3v$r M1^d!

- by - The Wall Street Journal

The man who wrote the book on password management has a confession to make: He blew it.

Back in 2003, as a midlevel manager at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Bill Burr was the author of “NIST Special Publication 800-63. Appendix A.” The 8-page primer advised people to protect their accounts by inventing awkward new words rife with obscure characters, capital letters and numbers—and to change them regularly.


New round of phone scams gets unsuspecting consumers to return calls

- by - Fox 31 Denver

Deanna Robichaud has been getting some strange phone calls.

A recording says, “If you don't return the call, you will have to face the legal consequences.”

Consumer experts warn against calling the suspicious numbers because it can be another way for scammers to get personal information.

“If they get you on a recording saying yes, then they can use that for you to have agreed to any number of terms and conditions or modifications to your account," said Krista Ferndelli of the Denver-Boulder Better Business Bureau.


Don’t ever answer calls with phone numbers with THESE area codes

- by - MSN

There’s nothing more frustrating than eagerly answering a call only to find out it’s a telemarketer or, worse, a scammer.

There are some phone calls with certain area codes that you should never pick up under any circumstances. Any phone number that starts with 473 is a surefire sign that the call is a scam. Also avoid answering numbers with 809 or 900 along with many others.


Beware of FBI impersonators who show up at your door and demand money

- by - Clark Howard Show

If someone claiming to be an FBI or other federal agent shows up at your home or office and demands money -- you could be in big trouble!

Not in trouble with the police, in fact, you should call the police -- because anyone who shows up unannounced and demands money on behalf of the government is a crook trying to catch you off guard.

"The FBI will absolutely never demand money from somebody."


Beware of new 'can you hear me' phone scam

- by - Clark Howard Show

You answer the phone and the person on the other end says, "can you hear me?" Seems harmless -- in fact, it happens all the time, so why would you think anything of it?

That's exactly why criminals behind a new scam are using it as a ploy to trick unsuspecting consumers. Once they have a recording on file of your voice saying "yes," scammers can then use it to authorize unwanted charges on bills, credit cards and more.

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Bottom line: So don't say anything and​ don't press any buttons -- just hang up!


Gmail hack: Even tech-savvy users fooled by sophisticated phishing technique

- by - iNews

Even tech-savvy Gmail users are falling victim to hackers who steal their login credentials, according to a security expert, who notes that increasingly sophisticated phishing techniques are being employed.

How does it work?

The hacker will first send you an email, which includes an attachment, according to Mark Maunder, the CEO of WordPress security plugin Wordfence.

When you click on the attachment to preview it, a new tab opens to what looks like a Gmail login page. However it isn’t genuine. If you enter your email and password, hackers will have stolen your credentials and have full access to all of your emails...


Fighting phone scammers; their tricks and where they may be calling from

- by - KATU News

Police say scammers falsely claiming to be from the IRS or law enforcement are still a big problem.

But a new tool from the Better Business Bureau may help you fight back. It reveals how crooks trick people into taking their calls and where they may be calling from.


KGW Asked 86 Burglars How They Broke Into Homes

- by - KGW News

Find out what burglars said deterred them and what didn't and learn how to protect your home.


Mystery device could let criminals get in your car in seconds

- by - Today

In June 2013, TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen reported on a wave of auto thefts involving a high-tech gadget giving criminals full access to your car.

Police were stumped. But now officials say they may have solved the mystery.


Protect your online purchases from 'porch pirates'

- by - USA Today

USA Today has some tips and advice to protect your delivered packages from brazen thieves who steal from your front doorstep in broad daylight.