Debt Relief Scams

Debt Relief Scams

The sheer amount of brainstorming taking place among the country’s scam artists is itself a climate emergency. There’s one variety of scam that I find particularly cynical: debt relief companies that have a whole playbook full of ways to separate desperate people from...
Summertime Cybersecurity Check

Summertime Cybersecurity Check

Now is the time for a cybersecurity check.  Do not wait!  There’s a lot riding on your laptop. It’s probably the only hard drive you save things to, and it just accumulates information as you go about your life. It would be a very valuable asset for fraudsters and...
Like Coronavirus, Tax Crooks Are Always Evolving

Like Coronavirus, Tax Crooks Are Always Evolving

Every year, scam artists innovate and the IRS plays catch-up. Don’t get me wrong, the IRS has a diligent fraud unit and they communicate to the public in a clear and concise way. That said, crooks can be frighteningly resourceful and creative — and every tax season...
Why Do People Fall for Scams?

Why Do People Fall for Scams?

Why do people fall for scams? Scams are as old as the human condition. Research has suggested that might be due to a biological explanation, but psychologists have been studying people’s responses to scams and potential scams — and the results offer insights that may...