Text spam is on the rise. The latest version involves scammers sending messages to you seemingly from your own phone number. Here’s what to do.
The wireless carrier said that it was working with the F.B.I. and the Secret Service to investigate a recent wave of fraudulent messages, but said the source did not appear to be Russian hackers.
Readers compare how Germany, Australia, France and the United States have been dealing with Covid. Also: Means-testing for social programs; getting even with robocallers.
Updating our war against the scammers and assorted interrupters.
Gilbert N. Michaels, of West Los Angeles, Calif., preyed on tens of thousands of small businesses and charities by overcharging them for toner they didn’t need, federal prosecutors said.
An F.C.C. rule that went into effect last month is meant to help put a stop to those relentless calls about your extended warranty, and others.
While reputable options exist, the robocalls are almost certainly scams, an industry group warns. And for consumers who feel they have been ripped off, there is no guarantee anyone will help.
Whatever you do, don’t press anything.
A federal lawsuit says that Moda Latina BZ, a Los Angeles County company, deceived consumers into thinking they could make up to $500 a week selling perfume, makeup and other items.
Officials announced that 60 people had been charged in the scheme, in which federal prosecutors said deceptive tactics were used to sell magazine subscriptions to more than 150,000 older and vulnerable people.
Pollsters are used to having their calls screened. But when everyone is stuck at home, a stranger with some survey questions can be a lifeline.