Category: Fraud Friday

Real or Scam: House Manager Job Ad

It is not unusual for well-to-do families to hire house managers to get daily chores and activities accomplished, but even the most innocent-looking job ads can turn out to be scams! In this week’s #FraudFriday edition, we’ll look at a House Manager job ad to see if it’s legit. Read More…

Election Scams – Protect Your Identity and Your Vote!

Election season brings about a lot of political ads, signs, and sadly, scams. In the weeks leading up to an election, scammers come out in full force trying to steal your identity, take your money, or otherwise disenfranchise your vote. In this week’s #FraudFriday, we explore four types of election scams to look out for. Read More…

Real or Scam: Mall Surveyor Job Ad

It’s hard to tell real job offers from scams, especially if they’re non-traditional jobs like surveying! In this week’s #fraudfriday edition, we’re taking a look at a job posting that is asking for a Mall Surveyor to determine if it’s legitimate or not.
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Real or Scam: Customer Service Job Ad

It can be hard to tell if a job offer is legitimate or not. Especially when it’s offering a high wage and flexibility in hours. In this week’s #FraudFriday edition, we look at a job offer that seems to be offering $18/hr for a customer service position. Read More…

Real or Scam: Mystery Shopping Walmart

It can be difficult to figure out if a job offer is legitimate or not…especially for mystery shoppers! This week, in our #FraudFriday edition, we break down a very looong and specific job offer to determine if this job offer for Mystery Shopping is real, or if it’s a scam. Read More…

Would You Recognize This Scam on CNBC?

Anyone can design a website to look like a company that you know. It’s quite simple to steal the look, logos, and fonts – which makes it tricky when you’re trying to figure out if it’s legitimate or not. In this episode, we look at a CNBC-spoofed site – and go over some tricks to help determine scam websites.
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“But I didn’t order that!” Scam

Dear WAHFAQ, I got this email that I bought these bracelets, and I didn’t! These people are scammers! I don’t know if I should contact them or not. I’m afraid that if I do, it’ll dig me into a deeper hole. What do you think?   I think you are very wise 🙂 Yes, this is a typical “BUT I DIDN’T BUY THAT!” scam. Scammers and spammers will send out tons of emails like these, (moreso during the holidays!) hoping that someone will take the bait. The email is disguised as an invoice or receipt saying that you ordered something…

How to Avoid Charity Scams

Dear WAHFAQ, I am SO SICK of getting calls and solicitations from charities this time of year. And it’s not because I don’t want to donate…I do! It’s just tiring because it’s hard to figure out what is real. I’d prefer to donate to some of the smaller charities that don’t have the budget to advertise. Do you have any suggestions?   Holidays are ripe with scammers trying to tug on our heartstrings. Be very aware of people standing outside of stores, in parking lots, and yes, even at your front door. Wearing costumes, using props, donning fireman or police…