iTunes Gift Cards the Latest Go-To Tool in Many Gotchas

The song remains the same: You owe back taxes and now face arrest or a lawsuit. Your grandkids are in trouble. Your computer has a dangerous virus. You owe a debt, missed mandatory jury duty, or didn’t pay your utility bill. But there’s a new chorus in these and other scams: “Now pay me…with an iTunes gift card.” Why? Like other scammer preferred payment methods – notably, wire transfers and prepaid debit cards – iTunes gift cards are a fast, …

Skip the Rack: 4 Ways to Avoid Gift Card Swindlers

AARP Fraud Watch Network warns holiday shoppers of gift card scams Holiday shopping often means long lines, crowded malls and hunting down popular items that sell out this time of year. Gift cards are one of the easy solutions to avoid some of the shopping chaos, but consumers should be cautious when purchasing these cards. During the holiday season, scammers secretively write down or electronically scan the numbers on gift cards displayed on the racks at grocery stores and pharmacies. Then, …

Season’s Cheatings! Get Wise to Holiday Shopping Scams

Black Friday has kicked off the official holiday shopping season, so here’s a rundown of the most common scams aimed at shoppers — and how you can avoid them: The name game Scammer-run websites use the names of popular items and retailers to steal credit card and password information or deliver malware. You’re led to them when you do online keyword searches, including terms like “discount toys.” >> Top Seasonal Scams to Avoid Search away to compare prices, but before you click …

New Twists on 3 Old Tricks

Once again, scammers have developed new twists on some of the most popular frauds of years past. Although the original versions continue – especially preying on those over age 50 – here’s what you should know about some revised rip-offs currently making the rounds. The hostage scam: An offshoot of the notorious Grandparents Scam, it also feigns that a beloved relative is in trouble … and needs quick cash to remedy the situation. But instead of phone calls from scammers posing as grandkids …