Watch Out For Tax Scams Pushing False Stimulus Credits

Watch Out For Tax Scams Pushing False Stimulus Credits

The Internal Revenue Service issued a warning for a tax preparation fraud involving phony credits based on stimulus packages. Hucksters are apparently targeting the elderly and tricking them into taking tax credits geared toward college students. [More]

Congrats, You Won A Text From A Scammer, Not $200 From Target

Congrats, You Won A Text From A Scammer, Not $200 From Target

Jim filled out a Target survey for the chance to win $5,000, and was excited to get a seemingly related phone call from someone telling him he had won a $200 runner-up prize. Then his heart sank when the guy on the other line demanded a $2.95 shipping fee up front to collect his money. Noting the dead giveaway of a con, he refused. [More]

Don't Fall For The Amazon Password Phishing Scam

Don't Fall For The Amazon Password Phishing Scam

Jeff received this email from Amazon warning against a phishing scam bent on swiping your password. Here’s the email: [More]

Credit Card Company Takes Seven Months To Notice You Moved To Illinois

Credit Card Company Takes Seven Months To Notice You Moved To Illinois

Mike tells Consumerist that one of his recent purchases triggered a fraud alert on his credit card account. It’s nice to know that your card issuer is looking out for you, right? This alert was location-based, since he was using his card in Illinois, and the main billing address for the card is in Iowa, where Mike used to live. What he finds confusing about this situation is that he moved to Illinois seven months ago. [More]

Are Banks Blocking Large Walmart Check Card Purchases?

Are Banks Blocking Large Walmart Check Card Purchases?

Josh finds himself unable to use his Bank of America check card to make large purchases at Walmart. When he calls customer service, he’s told the bank blocks large purchases at the store because such transactions are “considered a risk.”

Update: BoA ATM Card Dispatched To Stranded Traveler After Return To U.S.

Update: BoA ATM Card Dispatched To Stranded Traveler After Return To U.S.

After stranding reader Shannon in Siberia with no functioning ATM card, Bank of America has reached out to her and made up for the situation. Sort of. A new card was immediately dispatched, but the corresponding PIN didn’t show up until five days later. She did, however, receive a $100 Amazon gift card for her inconvenience.

HSBC Cancels Traveler's Credit Card, Pays For Their Mistake

HSBC Cancels Traveler's Credit Card, Pays For Their Mistake

Bank of America isn’t the only bank that enjoys canceling their traveling customer’s credit cards. HSBC canceled my card while I was living in New Zealand, and as part of their “continuing efforts to fight fraud,” sent an active replacement card to my address 9,000 miles away.