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Shocking & Disturbing Kidnapping Hoax Scam

If someone called you saying they had kidnapped a loved one and were going to harm or kill them unless you paid a ransom, would you pay up, no questions asked? It seems unbelievable that these scam artists are getting away with a new fake kidnapping scheme. This horrible scam tactic has fooled a number […]

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How Can I Protect My Child’s Identity?

When was the last time you requested a credit report for your child? You’ve probably never done it because you assume your child doesn’t have a credit report. Children shouldn’t have any credit history until they apply for their first credit cards or loans for college or their first car. One sign of child identity […]

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Weekly Worst: 731-577-4212, 786-204-4348, 631-657-9214

731-577-4212, 786-204-4348, and 631-657-9214 were at the top of the list for unwanted calls looked up or blocked by users thanks to our unwanted call blocking app. Our users reported information on each one of the phone numbers that can help explain why one of these numbers called you and what you should do. Top […]

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Why Did My Number Call Me?

There’s a new scam that’s hit the Midwest that’s sure to work its way through the rest of the country soon. Consumers are reporting calls from their own phone numbers. Most calls are a recorded message. The scam offers to lower your credit card interest rates and asks for credit card information in automated prompts. […]

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Did a Fake Charity Call Me?

Charities don’t have to comply with the Telemarketing Consumer Protection Act, unlike companies that are calling for commercial reasons. This doesn’t just apply to charities calling on their own behalf—it also includes fundraising companies that call for charities. Many charities use third-party fundraising companies to call on their behalf. Since charities aren’t subject to the […]

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Weekly Worst: 866-836-8987, 747-201-2589, 980-223-6007

Have you been receiving calls from 866-836-8987, 747-201-2589, or 980-223-6007? Each one of these numbers was highly reported by our users for unwanted phone calls. While summer is winding down and most of us are getting back into our fall routines, these callers might be really interrupting your life. There are a few solutions you […]

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Watch Out for Malware Scams

Have you recently received an unprecedented call from Microsoft? Before you start giving out computer information or allow someone to remotely access your computer, take some time to do your due diligence. It might be a scam. The FTC has recently been cracking down on malware scams and working with credit card companies to help […]

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Protecting Students Away from Home

In a few weeks, young adults across the country will be leaving the nest and heading off to college for the fall semester. While these students are bright, many of them are sitting ducks for telemarketers and scammers looking to take advantage of young, naive consumers. Talking with your children about protecting their privacy and […]

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Weekly Worst: 888-745-3191, 925-446-3778, 850-254-8866

Summer is quickly nearing an end—but telemarketers, debt collectors, and scammers aren’t letting up anytime soon. This week, we received lots of user reports about 888-745-3191, 925-446-3778, and 850-254-8866. Did you receive a call from one of these numbers? Be careful if you did. Each one of these numbers is calling you for a different […]

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How Telemarketers and Scammers Got Your Mobile Number

Protecting your phone number means protecting your privacy. Unwanted telemarketing calls and text spam are a serious nuisance and in some cases, can put your personal information at risk. Most people worry more about their home phone numbers being targeted by telemarketers and scammers, but as people move away from landlines towards mobile phones, cell […]

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