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En español |  When fake news isn’t fueling what some considered tip-the-scales influence on a presidential choice, the primary purpose of shocking headlines and bogus reports is to make money for some while scamming others.
Airline Facebook Scams
Airline ticket scams are flying high once again. In recent weeks scammer-run campaigns on Facebook have spoofed several airlines – including JetBlue, Virgin, United and Delta – in promising free flights (and with Delta, merchandise and cash prizes, too).
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For everyone who hates getting automated robocalls on their phone or spam text messages, the Federal Communications Commission has gotten the message.
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Giving your two cents in some telephone, text-message or  online “customer satisfaction” surveys can come at a steep cost: an endless barrage of more phone calls, pop-up messages and spam; malware to compromise your smartphone or computer or to steal sensitive files; or even identity theft.
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Do you return to work from holidays and vacations to find dozens or hundreds of emails? I do, but I’m doing something about it: I’m unsubscribing from any email I don’t actually want or need.  I figure once I’m done, I’ll have about 10 minutes a day back — about an hour a week for self-improvement or daydreaming.
Free pizza
You’ve heard it before: “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”
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Perfectly timed to the busy travel season, scammers are behind phony emails supposedly sent by the "E-ZPass Service Center" or "E-ZPass Collection Agency."
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The Soviets bring down a CIA U-2 spy plane on May 1, 1960, intensifying the Cold War. Captured in Russia, pilot Francis Gary Powers is interrogated for more than a hundred days and imprisoned for nearly two years.
Medicare
During Medicare Open Enrollment,  which started Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7, there's usually an uptick in online spam pitching supplemental plans.
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