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Apple iPad 3 and Gmail scam warning

On October 15, 2012

It’s been an exciting few weeks for Apple fans with the iPhone 5 hitting the market and expectations of an iPad Mini by months end. If you’re on the hunt for an Apple product, don’t fall for a free iPad 3 giveaway making the rounds through email. It could cost you money or your identity.   The Better Business Bureau…

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Say goodbye to spam text messages

On April 27, 2012

I am so tired of my phone buzzing, only to find a text message telling me I can win an iPad or $1,000 cash.  Some even use local phone numbers to make you think it’s a legitimate text from a local business. The good news – there is something you can do about it. 

Coupons / Freebies / Ripoff alert / Saving money

Deal or no deal? How to spot a fake offer

On February 8, 2012

Looking for a deal? How about this hot site offering prizes like an iPad for $39.99? Or, having trouble paying your mortgage? How about a loan modification. The ModExperts offer a guaranteed loan modification. While I’m always looking for deals, I can assure you these are not deals. They’re scams setup by the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business…

Protecting your identity / Ripoff alert / Tech

Zappos customers on alert after cyber attack – the lesson for all of us

On January 16, 2012

Cyberfraud is always rampant, but what’s next this week? Online shoe retailer, Zappos, is warning customers that their personal data may have been accessed including your email address, name, billing and shipping address, phone number, and the last four digits of your credit card number, and maybe even a scrambled version of your password. Yikes! The email sent to customers…

Credit / Ripoff alert / Solving problems

Reloadable debit card warning

On June 30, 2011

If you don’t have a debit card, it’s easy to get one. The reloadable cards are sold at local grocers, and the Better Business Bureau says they’re the latest target of scammers. A Northeast Ohio man received a call from a scammer earlier this year, and was asked to go to the store and put money on one of these…