Scams and Fraud


Posts from December, 2011

SCAM ALERT: Buying Tickets Online



SCAM ALERT: Buying Tickets Online

Last week I attended a big name show in Portland.  While in line to enter the show, I witnessed two women who were turned away because the tickets that they had purchased were fake.  They had purchased the tickets online, and the person who sold them the tickets had apparently sold duplicates of the same tickets to other unsuspecting buyers on the internet.  The result - multiple people with the same ticket for the same show.  Buying tickets for events online has become the easiest and most convenient… Full Post >>

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Posts from June, 2011

Detecting Phone Scams



Detecting Phone Scams

It’s good to be aware of phone scams when you answer the phone. Although many scams are performed online, phone scams are more common than you may realize.  Telephone fraud can take many different forms and phone scams can even be used in conjunction with information obtained on the internet or other forms of fraud. Unfortunately, some types of phone scams even target senior citizens.


Here are a few local examples of recent phone scams. In Clackamas County, fraudulent callers asked for financial information using… Full Post >>

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CUB Executive Director “Crammed” on Phone Bill



CUB Executive Director “Crammed” on Phone Bill

According to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) website cramming is the practice of placing unauthorized, misleading or deceptive charges on your telephone bill.  These unauthorized charges can be intentional or unintentional and often are missed by consumers. Phone bills are often confusing and have a lot of different small charges included, and crammers rely on this to hide unwarranted charges in consumer’s bills. According to the FCC, these charges may be any of the following: “service fee,” “service charge,” “other fees,” “voicemail,” “mail server,”… Full Post >>

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