Saturday, May 11, 2013
Facecrooks.com warns of a new scam aimed to get your personal info.
You don't have to be Manti Te'o to be caught by a phishing scam. In fact, you could live right here in Montgomery County. Facecrooks.com is warning users of the popular social media website to keep an eye out for a new phishing scam. A screen form like the one shown pops up, asking users to fill it out on behalf of Facebook Security. Often displaying as "Faćebøøĸ Sẻƈurîƚy," according to the site, it is not in fact the real security site operated by Facebook. According to Facecrooks, the message will tell you that you were "reported to have violated a policy that is considered disruptive or insulting Facebook users." Do not fill out the form. The site says that users that fill out the form are "granting access to their personal information …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Customers purchase pre-paid debit cards that are then drained by fraudsters, the company said.
Thursday, January 17
A scam in which PECO customers are misled into purchasing pre-paid debit cards which are then drained of funds is targeting the Philadelphia region, the electric and gas utility said Thursday. In the scam, customers are contacted by persons who claim to work for PECO and informed that they must make an immediate payment in order to avoid their electricity being shut off. The phony employee then instructs the customer to purchase a pre-paid debit card from a convenience store or similar location, then to provide that card's number. The fraud operators then drain the funds on the card. “We want to make our customers aware of this scam so they can protect themselves from becoming victims of this and other fraudulent activities,” said Mark …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Several people have complained about energy company employees requesting gas bills and posing as workers with Consumers Energy. Patch asked its editors to investigate locally to find out what residents are saying.
Some area residents and business owners have answered a knock at the door, over the course of the past year, to find employees from a gas company asking to see their bills or account information. We asked local residents to share their experiences with the energy company, which was identified as Spark Energy. There has been a lot of talk in the Michigan area about a smiliar company called Direct Energy. The companies are not related. While many of our responders shut the door on these door-to-door specialists, one person was heavily distracted by life. Needless to say, with the guard down, this person got played. Below is a first-person account of the incident. The resident asked to remain nameless for protection of identity: "These people…