Of the many types of fraud in the United States, advance fee schemes are among the most devious and frustrating for authorities. This is because these scams, where someone asks for money upfront with the promise of a big payoff later, are only limited by the imagination of the person committing the fraud. Some variations […]

As more American’s move into retirement, more and more people are taking advantage of a reverse mortgage to access the equity in their home. However, this also means that scams involving reverse mortgages are on the rise. These scams can take many forms, including: Contractor Fraud: This scam involves someone convincing you that you need […]

Craigslist scams take all shapes and sizes. For tips on how to recognize these scams and stay safe, you can see a prior post I wrote here. Since that post, a new breed of these scams has come to my attention. This scam is targeted at “destination communities” such as ski resorts and beach towns, […]

Earlier this year, anyone actively on Facebook probably saw a resurgence of friends posting a copyright/privacy notice on their wall, addressed to Facebook, and attempting to restrict Facebook’s privacy policies as applied to the user. The message, often full of arcane legalese and citations to various statutes, usually ends with a warning that you, as the […]

  The rise of online shopping has been a huge boon to consumers. Prices, availability, and selection have never been more favorable. Most shopping interfaces are relatively safe for consumers and require little thought in terms of whether to trust a retailer. Places like Amazon, eBay, and other major online marketplaces offer assurances that goods […]

Buying a home is one of the biggest financial transactions most people will ever enter into.  Because of the complexity and size of these transactions, however, many homebuyers lack the information they need to successfully navigate the home-buying process.  Unfortunately, mortgage lenders often take advantage of homebuyers’ lack of information, with the result that many […]