By: Sam Wagmeister
A fraudulent but effective email that appeared to be sent by USAA Bank was blasted out in an apparent attempt to gather personal information and account numbers from computer and smart phone users. The bold headline for the email reads: Required Steps to Remove Suspension on Your USAA Account.
USAA provides banking services to members of the armed forces, their families, military cadets, veterans and other who meet military eligibility requirements. The email however, reached others with no military ties.
Last month, Richard Warren, our Consumer Voice columnist, spoke to the "Jewish Senior Social Club 55+ of Summerlin." He discussed various consumer issues as well as his new book, Scammers, Schemers and Dreamers, co-authored with Elisabeth Daniels. The goal of the talk was to raise awareness of local scams.
Believe me, seriously. I'm not gloating. It's really the opposite. Everyone at The Vegas Voice thrives on competition, but we just lost another competitor.
The Las Vegas Review Journal's senior "Prime View” monthly newspaper is no more; cancelled after its July issue.
It's no secret that the economy over the past few years have been the worst since the Great Depression. Even more brutal for newspapers.
Before saying something outrageous Agent 86, Maxwell Smart, would ask, “Would you believe…?” Yet when many people are offered something that seems too good to be true - like free money for doing something seemingly insignificant, they fall for it without question.
Why do they do that? Sometimes it’s just plain greed, but often it’s because they have a desire to help someone and getting a little something for their trouble seems like a good idea.
That’s what the latest hustle is counting on.
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