Twitter Scams

Twitter_logo_blueSocial media is a great way to enter sweepstakes, through Twitter, Facebook and even Instagram. You can enter sweepstakes run by the companies of everyday products you know and love. Sweepstakes through these outlets are easy and quick to enter.

As with other sweepstakes, scammers look to exploit the ease of social media sweepstakes to gain personal or financial information. One avenue for scammers to gain access to this information is through Twitter sweepstakes. Scammers have learned to mimic Twitter sweepstakes to con users into giving up their private information. [Read more…]

What is Smishing?

smishingOne day, your text message alert rings and the words “You’ve Won” or “Win Cash Now” flash across your cell phone screen. When the text message is opened there is a link with a validation code or a phone number and a message to reply.

As technology evolves, so do scammers. The latest trend for scammers is now invading personal text messages. Instead of sending unsolicited emails, scammers are sending text messages trying to gain your personal information. Scams are now going so far as to send texts containing viruses known as SMS Phishing or “smishing.” [Read more…]

How to Avoid Sweepstakes Scams

email scamYou’ve Got Mail

We all get them – phishing emails announcing you’re the next big winner or junk mail claiming you’re the winning contestant.  And nearly all of this correspondence ends up in the trash can – virtual or otherwise.

As the all-too-familiar cliché “if it’s too good to be true, it is,” never reigns more true than in the sweepstakes world, those seemingly sweet prize offers through unsolicited mail, should have you running for the recycling bin. [Read more…]

Green Dot MoneyPak Scam

green dot moneypak scamImagine answering the telephone to hear you’ve just won a new car or hit the jackpot in a well-known sweepstakes. The person on the line then immediately starts explaining details about your prize. You should hang up the phone, right? This has to be a scam, you probably think to yourself, yet you continue on with the call.

Unfortunately all too often, unsuspecting people like you are staying on the line to find out more information. It almost always starts out the same way: you’ve won a prize but they need you to pay the taxes before it is delivered. Or, the prize is being held at customs and won’t be released until the fees are paid. [Read more…]

FIFA World Cup Scam

fraud alertGGGOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!! Every soccer or football fan’s dream is to see the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. And guess who is incredibly happy about the potential gatherings of spectators during the world’s most popular sport? That’s right, scammers.

The World Cup draws crowds in excess of 500,000 during the tournament, providing scammers with potential victims spanning the globe. Scammers use fraudulent sweepstakes to con not only attendees, but the hundreds of millions of viewers worldwide during the World Cup. [Read more…]

10 Ways To Spot A Sweepstakes Scam

sweepstakes scamCONGRATULATIONS, YOU WON A NEW iPAD! – These messages can be seen while browsing the web in the form of banner ads or in your email box.

The prizes may differ but the goal is typically the same, the person advertising the message wants to capture your information.

The question is, for what purpose?

There are hundreds of legitimate companies that use free product giveaways to get people to take an action, whether it is signing up for a service or buying a product to enter.  A common example of this is a candy bar or soft drink where there is a sweepstakes inside the label.

But online it can be difficult to spot a sweepstakes scam, so here is our top 10 list of things to look out for: [Read more…]