Who doesn’t like free stuff? Giveaways are a great way for companies to give consumers a chance to sample their products and, hopefully, generate some good word of mouth to drive sales. 

Owning a pet can be a joy. It can also be expensive, especially if you’re looking for a pure breed instead of a pound puppy. If you’re in the market for a new addition to the family, beware! Pet adoption scams are stealing victims’ money and breaking their hearts.

There are billions of dollars just waiting to be claimed. If that sounds like a scam, it’s not. Uncashed I.R.S. refund checks, money from bank failures or credit union closures, unclaimed life insurance, pension money, and back wages all add up to billions of dollars sitting in government accounts waiting to be claimed.

This past February, Philip Hatch, an 81-year-old from Portland, Maine, traveled to Washington, D.C., to testify before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. He was there to tell the sad story of how he was scammed out of $8,000 by criminals posing as IRS agents. 

Have you ever considered becoming an Uber driver? In many respects, it seems like a great way for retirees to earn some extra money. You make your own schedule, drive your own car, and, according to the company, take home a respectable income.  

Back in 2014, “Scam alert” reported on the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) complaint against telecommunications giant AT&T. At issue was the company’s tactic of “mobile cramming,” which describes the practice of including unauthorized charges on customers’ bills. 

All scammers are rotten, but those who target seniors and veterans are particularly vile! The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) temporarily shut down an Arizona telemarketing operation that allegedly bilked thousands of vets and seniors out of $9 million with a phony investment scheme.

If there is one absolute truth about modern technology, it’s that as soon as one product is released, another better, more powerful one will follow close behind. As a result, perfectly usable smartphones and tablets are relegated to the junk drawer simply because consumers have upgraded.

Green, as in environmentally friendly, is a popular buzzword these days. Everything from juice boxes to appliances claims “green” status because manufacturers know protecting the environment is a priority for many consumers.

have often written about how scammers like to target older people, but as this story proves, they don’t discriminate—they’re happy to steal from anyone.

Wiring money is a great way to quickly get cash to someone you know and trust, but when a stranger demands payment via a wire transfer service like MoneyGram or Western Union, it’s a sure sign you’re about to be scammed. 

Infomercial king and convicted fraudster Kevin Trudeau might be sending you money, and this time, it’s not a scam. Trudeau, who is currently in prison, is best known for infomercials hawking his books.