scams http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Law Student Tackles Fraud Online; BBB Says It’s Time To Shred http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/law-student-tackles-fraud-online-bbb-says-it-s-time-shred <p>Our recent reports about assorted consumer scams brought an interesting response from a Saint Louis University law student who is developing an online website to help centralize efforts to fight fraud.</p><p>Nathaniel Carroll and his associates came up with a catchy name — <a href="http://www.burnwhistle.com">Burn Whistle&nbsp;</a>— and eye-catching graphics for a blog they’ve launched. Their slogan is “Fight Fraud With Fire.”</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 02:34:07 +0000 Mary Delach Leonard 35465 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Law Student Tackles Fraud Online; BBB Says It’s Time To Shred Fraudsters Target Netflix Users And People Who Don’t Owe Jury Duty Fines http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/fraudsters-target-netflix-users-and-people-who-don-t-owe-jury-duty-fines <p>Reporting on scams is like pulling weeds. Report on one, and two new ones pop up in its place. Here are some new scam alerts for area residents:</p><p><strong>The Jury Duty Scam</strong></p><p>A person pretending to be a St. Louis police officer has been calling St. Louis residents and claiming they missed jury duty, according to the <a href="http://www.stlcitycircuitcourt.com">St. Louis Circuit Court</a> of Missouri.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 03:44:24 +0000 Mary Delach Leonard 34872 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Fraudsters Target Netflix Users And People Who Don’t Owe Jury Duty Fines FTC Is Still On The Trail Of Rachel And The Robocallers; Hang Up and File A Complaint http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ftc-still-trail-rachel-and-robocallers-hang-and-file-complaint <p><em>Ring ... Ring ... This is a very important message about your current credit card accounts. This is your second and final notice to lower your credit card interest rate and payments. Press 1 now to find out the terms, conditions and associated changes before the next billing cycle. Again, this is your final notice as it relates to the financial stimulus. So press 1 now to take advantage of this today ...</em></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 01:45:34 +0000 Mary Delach Leonard 34475 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org FTC Is Still On The Trail Of Rachel And The Robocallers; Hang Up and File A Complaint Koster Warns Of New Scam In Wake Of Target's Data Breach http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/koster-warns-new-scam-wake-targets-data-breach <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the wake of a massive data breach committed against the Target retail store chain, con artists may be targeting victims of the scam in Missouri and elsewhere.</span></p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 16:27:19 +0000 Marshall Griffin 32516 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Koster Warns Of New Scam In Wake Of Target's Data Breach Email Scam At SLU Compromises Personal Information http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/email-scam-slu-compromises-personal-information <p>An email scam directed towards Saint Louis University employees compromised private information to an unknown user, including the personal health information of about 3,000 people. &nbsp;</p><p>A subset of SLU employees received an email in late July asking them to disclose their log-in and password information on a phony website posing as SLU&rsquo;s log-in portal. 40 SLU employees responded to the email, and 20 email accounts were accessed by the unknown user.</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 22:10:07 +0000 Kate Essig 30485 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Email Scam At SLU Compromises Personal Information Missouri Department Of Agriculture Warns Of Pesticide Telemarketing Scam http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-department-agriculture-warns-pesticide-telemarketing-scam <p>The Missouri Department of Agriculture is warning consumers about a pesticide telemarketing scam.</p><p>Farmers, gardeners and others have received phone calls from salespeople claiming to offer high quality herbicides at below market prices.</p><p>The products have turned out <u>not</u> to be properly registered or labeled.</p><p>An agriculture department spokesperson declined to say what exactly was in the purchased products, what company ― or companies ― are involved in the scam, or whether the fraud extends to other states.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 20:41:56 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 29947 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Department Of Agriculture Warns Of Pesticide Telemarketing Scam Avoid Holiday Scams, 'Grinches,' 12 Tips From St. Louis BBB http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/avoid-holiday-scams-grinches-12-tips-st-louis-bbb <p>Midwesterners are often known for their kindness and, unfortunately, some people take advantage of it, especially during the holidays.</p><p>Host Don Marsh talked with Bill Smith, an investigator for the <a href="http://stlouis.bbb.org/">St. Louis Better Business Bureau</a>.</p><p>They addressed ways to avoid becoming the victim of so-called “grinches,” including these twelve tips to outsmart scammers.</p><p></p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 21:41:13 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 7303 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Avoid Holiday Scams, 'Grinches,' 12 Tips From St. Louis BBB Scammers using govt. letterheads to steal money, Mo. AG Koster says http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/scammers-using-govt-letterheads-steal-money-mo-ag-koster-says <p>The latest scam designed to separate Missouri residents from their money involves phony letters from the <a href="http://www.ago.mo.gov/">State Attorney General&rsquo;s office</a>, the<a href="http://www.irs.gov/"> IRS </a>and other government agencies.</p><p>The letters include a fake government letterhead, and state that the recipient has won&nbsp;a&nbsp;million dollars or more&nbsp;in prize money. &nbsp;<a href="http://ago.mo.gov/koster_bio.htm">Attorney General Chris Koster </a>(D)&nbsp;says the intended victims are then informed that they owe thousands of dollars in taxes and fees on the winnings and are instructed to pay them via Western Union. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 23:21:26 +0000 Marshall Griffin 4187 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Scammers using govt. letterheads to steal money, Mo. AG Koster says A Jamaican lottery scam with St. Louis ties http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/jamaican-lottery-scam-st-louis-ties <p>Two St. Louis residents face sentencing in October after pleading guilty to a scam targeting retirees from across the country.</p><p>Authorities say 32-year-old Andre DePass and 24-year-old Jayneise Hampton pleaded guilty Monday to several charges. A third suspect, 33-year-old Nollis Hudson of Montego Bay, Jamaica, remains at large.</p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 19:10:14 +0000 The Associated Press 4166 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org A Jamaican lottery scam with St. Louis ties Are you an Ameren customer? Beware of new scam http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/are-you-ameren-customer-beware-new-scam <p>The St. Louis-based utility company Ameren is&nbsp;urging customers to watch out for a scam aimed at illegally&nbsp;obtaining Social Security numbers.</p><p>Ameren says utility customers in several states, including&nbsp;Ameren customers in Missouri and Illinois, are being falsely told&nbsp;that the federal government will provide a credit or directly pay&nbsp;utility bills. The scammers seek the customer&#39;s Social Security&nbsp;number as part of the fraudulent effort to obtain the credit or&nbsp;payment.</p> Wed, 16 May 2012 14:30:09 +0000 The Associated Press 3708 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Are you an Ameren customer? Beware of new scam