Text Spam Is on the Rise. Here’s How to Spot It and What to Do

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.

#att-inc, #cellular-telephones, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #frauds-and-swindling, #mobile-applications, #smartphones, #spam-electronic, #t-mobile-us-inc, #telemarketing, #text-messaging, #verizon-communications-inc, #wireless-communications

Verizon Investigates Spam Texts but Sees No Russia Link

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.

#cellular-telephones, #computers-and-the-internet, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #federal-trade-commission, #frauds-and-swindling, #privacy, #secret-service, #smartphones, #telemarketing, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #text-messaging, #verge-the-vox-media-llc, #verizon-communications-inc, #wireless-communications

Attitudes Toward Masks Around the World

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.

#australia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #france, #germany, #masks, #taxation, #telemarketing, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #welfare-us

Robocalls Are Not Even the Worst of It

Updating our war against the scammers and assorted interrupters.

#cellular-telephones, #consumer-protection, #federal-communications-commission, #federal-trade-commission, #frauds-and-swindling, #spam-electronic, #telemarketing, #telephones-and-telecommunications

Man Gets 4 Years in $126 Million Printer Toner Fraud

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.

#california, #fines-penalties, #frauds-and-swindling, #idc-servco, #justice-department, #los-angeles-calif, #michaels-gilbert-n, #office-supplies-and-equipment, #small-business, #telemarketing

How Do I Stop Robocalls

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.

#better-business-bureaus, #federal-communications-commission, #federal-trade-commission, #frauds-and-swindling, #identification-devices, #rosenworcel-jessica, #telemarketing

Extended Warranties for Cars Are ‘Fraught With Peril for Consumers’

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.

#automobiles, #better-business-bureaus, #consumer-protection, #content-type-service, #customer-relations, #federal-trade-commission, #guarantees-and-warranties, #national-assn-of-insurance-commissioners, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #telemarketing

Arise, Robocall Resistance!

Whatever you do, don’t press anything.

#federal-communications-commission, #pallone-frank-jr, #republican-attorneys-general-assn, #telemarketing, #united-states-politics-and-government

Work-From-Home Scheme Targeting Latinas Netted $7 Million, U.S. Says

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.

#advertising-and-marketing, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cosmetics-and-toiletries, #counterfeit-merchandise, #federal-trade-commission, #hispanic-americans, #los-angeles-calif, #perfumes-and-fragrances, #spanish-language, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #telemarketing

$300 Million Telemarketing Scheme Preyed on Older People, U.S. Says

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.

#elderly, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #frauds-and-swindling, #minnesota, #telemarketing

Surprising Poll Results: People Are Now Happy to Pick Up the Phone

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.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #polls-and-public-opinion, #quarantines, #telemarketing