SmartMoney has come up with five new spins on classic scams to watch out for in 2008: “The financial woes and natural disasters of 2007 have armed scammers with plenty of new tricks—or resourceful spins on old ones—aimed at separating you from your cash.”
Freddie Mac produced this video to educate borrowers who face foreclosure about a fraud scheme where “a con artist will seek out a public notice of foreclosure and approach the potential victim with documents and the promise of sorting out the debt,” thereby tricking the homeowner into signing over the deed to the house.
The FBI has released an unverified tip that those people who “hate freedom” are planning on attacking shopping malls in LA and Chicago this season. Before you buy more duct tape, the FBI emphasized that “there is no information to state this is a credible threat”—but they felt they needed to share it “out of an abundance of caution.”
If you want to grab a copy of the non-existent game “Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising,” your best bet is to pre-order from EBgames, because it’s been put on “indefinite hold”—aka canceled—by the publisher and we’re not sure how else you’d get a copy. Obviously EBgames does, because they’re still taking orders as of 3:18pm EST, October 16th.
Submit your email to one of the CPSC’s many subscription lists to make sure you never miss a recall notice. [CPSC]
Guess what? Remember how we wrote about how that online “SoHo store” which sold Mac products at crazy discounts? How we said they were probably a scam? Well, according to a complaint we just got, they are. Brian claims to have lost $6704 in dealing with them. We wonder what Brian was trying to buy.
Lee received a letter today from Wells Fargo notifying him that they lost a laptop containing his and other customer’s private data.
Last Friday, we wrote about the online “Soho Store” offering some obscene discounts on iPods (10 60gb video iPods for $2699!, an over $1000 discount off MSRP). We just thought it was too good a deal to be true.
Ten 60 gb iPods for $2699? Why that’s over a grand in savings from the retail price. How do they do it? Well, we have no conclusive proof but we’re pretty sure the “Soho Store” website is a total fraud.
LIke a malignant pile of pustulent bacteria, scammers are constantly evolving.
The free ice cream at Ben and Jerry’s today until 8pm, celebrating 28 years of having your ideology and eating it too, is only as free as they want to be. Doug writes:
Don’t forget, we love tips. Tales of customer service from beyond the pale of horror, secret pictures of executives flagellating complaining customers in poorly lit alleyways, nifty hacks on getting everything for nothing, we love it.
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We just got fancy YouTube Director privileges. This gives us the ability to upload videos any length up to 100MB. Sweet.
‘Zombie debt collectors‘ are buying your old mistakes.
Last week we held a contest, in parallel with Valleywag, for the best consumer neologism. Here are the results.
TRAVELERS, BEWARE! There is a travel advisory in effect for all the Bahaman islands. Unconfirmed reports detail sectarian violence against tourists. The State Department advises rescheduling plans to visit. Any and all Americans on the islands should report to their nearest ivory helicopter, immediately. Don’t be fooled by the guys on the beach offering to get you “high,” the effect is merely psychological and will not assist your departure, although it may blunt how your perception of your impending doom. Here is the document upon which the State Department based its advisory: