Jury Duty Scam Returns… Again

Some folks make all kinds of claims to get out of jury duty. But don’t believe a phone call claiming you’re about to be arrested for ignoring your civic duty – especially if you never received a jury summons. The jury duty scam is back. In recent weeks, this recurring ruse – first seen in Scam Alert in 2006 – has resurfaced across the U.S., prompting warnings by scores of officials and at least one federal judge. In the latest wave …

Federal Grant for You? It’s Uncle Sham Calling

Uncle Sam may have oodles of agencies, but the “Federal Government Grants Department” isn’t among them. Nor does the “Federal Grant Association” exist, despite claims it is awarding free government money to lucky recipients who are randomly telephoned. So beware of callers using these and other official-sounding names to promise thousands in cash for reasons such as paying your taxes on time, being debt-free, needing debt relief, or just being a good citizen or money-spending consumer. The government grant scam …

A New Gas Station Gotcha: ‘Sliding’

As if the price of gasoline isn’t bad enough, there’s a new form of off-the-highway robbery: The theft of valuables from inside your car as you fill your gas tank. Police call it “sliding” and report a recent wave of incidents across the country. Although not an actual scam, it sure feels like one. As you fuel your car – likely watching the ever-increasing tally on the pump –  thieves casually “slide” in from the other side to snatch purses, …