Consumer Investigator Andy Wise sets you straight on scams.
This one looks real. Feels real. It’s not real — and you’re in real trouble if you click on the link.
If someone selling a car online claims it’s protected under the eBay Buyer Protection Program — but it’s NOT being sold through eBay — it is a SCAM. End of story.
The person whose nose should be growing here is the person who sent you this text, email or Facebook notification (Photo by Jametlene Reskp on Unsplash).
I’ve investigated this type of fraud in three different decades. It keeps getting worse. (pic courtesy WMCActionNews5.com, my investigation 2013)
One ring and this scam’s got you if you call back. (photo courtesy Niek Verlaan from Pixabay)
They’re already stalking door-to-door. Here’s how to tell the legitimate workers from the fakes. (Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay)
We’re shopping online more than ever, some for the first time. Many of you are doing it wrong. WAY wrong.
First, it was seniors. Now scam artists are using the pandemic to snag college students seeking financial aid.
You knew it would happen, especially when Washington is considering emergency checks for citizens as part of the stimulus package. Here’s how to spot the fakes.
To commemorate National Consumer Protection Week (March 1-7), the National Consumer League’s Fraud.org breaks down the worst offenders.
Embrace mobile payment apps. They’re wonderful. Just let me help you avoid the scams.
Each ties to repairs. Each has several varieties. Each costs us all in higher premiums.
…someone claiming to be calling on behalf of the Social Security Administration. They say your benefits have been suspended for non-payment of payroll taxes, and there’s a warrant out for your arrest. It’s a scam, each and every time, and always has been, yet you keep falling for it.
What just happened to a Dyersburg, TN, woman warrants another #WiseWarning about the use of the global buy, sell & trade site.
When the tech support expires, so do the security updates. It’s time to make some #WiseChoices about your Windows operating system.
Struggling to pay your note? Before you hire the wrong help, let me show you how to spot the four most common mortgage relief scams.
Combining two of identity thieves’ greatest hits, this scam starts at the gas station.
Fake photos. Fake invoices. Fake sellers. Here’s how to ferret them out on CraigsList, eBay and other buy/sell/trade sites.
From bogus listings of real properties to hijacked credit card-access key lockboxes, the Federal Trade Commission and I show you what’s up with these rental scams.
They’re vulnerable. Their intuition’s weakened. Join #WiseChoice Home Instead Senior Care and me in protecting our elderly loved ones on this Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15.
Sheila Renee Land’s fall from grace is a lesson in making a #WiseChoice for an in-home caregiver (photo courtesy WLBT).
Suspicious software and a big box store’s lack of oversight stuck consumers with millions of dollars in unnecessary services, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
Ignore signs and ads for credit repair services. They can’t do what they claim.
Here’s how to make sure you’re buying the REAL tickets to the show.
Here’s why you should only trust service contracts backed by your car’s dealer or manufacturer…or by my #WiseChoices.
The expression “Don’t believe everything you see online” has never been more urgent, especially when you consider this latest web scam (illustration by naishh via Flickr).
The deadline’s Dec. 15. You’re uncertain. You’re stressed…and scammers can smell it.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said scammers are ramping up a combination of two classic phone scams (graphic courtesy of U.S. Navy).
Even as state officials in the Carolinas and the Better Business Bureau issue alerts about Hurricane Florence price-gouging, consumers need to understand what defines ‘price-gouging.’
I’ve said it until I’m blue in the face: no government agency will every initiate contact with you by text, call or email. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is concerned some of you aren’t getting the message.
History has repeated itself, as it often does with scams against seniors.
A #WiseChoice is ready to protect you from one of the most common scams against small business.
I endorse small businesses. I promote them. Now I’m called to protect them.
Wise Choices TM reminds you to secure the safety of your seniors from scams, from physical abuse and from neglect — in some cases, even from their own families.
Most are fake. Some are real. I’ll help you tell the difference.
The Federal Trade Commission’s recent case is a cautionary tale about why you should never trust timeshare resale telemarketers.
The Magnolia State’s chief crime-fighter issued a #WiseWarning about bogus computer repair calls and pop-ups.
Lipstick on a pig is still a pig. Your #WiseChoices and the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance help you avoid unlicensed and unscrupulous lawn care services and contractors.
It’s the face of his daughter. Her arrest has a #WiseChoice alerting us to the risk of family fraud.
Four #WiseChoices blow the lid off of hackers stealing homebuyers’ closing transactions.
While you’re rushing to file your taxes, scammers are scheming to take advantage of your procrastination.
It’s no April Fools joke…and the joke’s on you if you don’t ignore the call.
The rising cost of tuition and fees and increasing student demand for financial aid set the table for a scammer’s delight. Here’s how not to be fooled into a student loan scam.
It’s not Microsoft…and it’s not going to end well for you unless you ignore the call or hang up.
After Parkland, after any public tragedy, don’t fall for the wave of fundraising scams.
The cautionary tale of Ludie Mae Hicks reminds us of how vigilant we must be in protecting our elderly loved ones.
It never fails. First comes the storm, then comes the scam.