Weight Loss Hackers


Hackers are looking for a way into your computer; and they're going through your insecurity.

According to a survey conducted by Intel security about 88% of consumers have clicked on an ad for some kind of diet or fitness program. The survey of 15,000 people between 21 and 54 also found that 30% had purchased something from those ads without knowing whether or not it’s a secure site. Experts say this is like buying pills from a person on the street corner without knowing what they are.

They say cyber criminals are getting smart and know that before summer hits people are looking to drop the extra pounds they picked up over the past few months. So it's pretty common to see more ads and emails promising a quick way to slim down.  read more »

Be Careful When You Swipe


Paying with plastic; better make sure you’re protected.

These days’ cash seems to be going the way of CD players and regular snail mail. You know it’s still there and every now and then someone uses it but it’s slowly and surely being replaced by something fast and easy.

In this case it’s plastic. Everyone has some type of card in their wallet and whether its debit or credit swiping a card has become the new way to pay. But while convenient the quick access to your bank account can cause problems. To scare you into caution MSN Money has found some of the most common horror stories involving credit or debit cards. And with about 200 million people carrying some form of plastic; chances are you have experienced some of these misfortunes.  read more »

The Many Faces of Fraud


Scam artists are looking for shelter; and if it’s your home they’re after one man is spreading the word on kicking them out.

Mark Peterson is the District Attorney for Contra Costa County, in the San Francisco bay area. Since his election he’s been tackling real estate fraud with a program that alerts the last registered owner of a property, about any requests to transfer ownership. If they didn’t authorize any, the county clerk is notified. It’s the first program of its kind in northern California and Peterson hopes it spreads.  read more »

Fighting Fraud


These days everyone is looking to make a quick buck; and more than likely its yours.

Mark Peterson is the District Attorney for Contra Costa County, in the San Francisco bay area. Peterson has been a part of local politics for the past 28 years. And in this newly elected position he is targeting those that take advantage of others.

“One of our priorities in this administration is to go after fraud, consumer fraud, environmental fraud wherever it might exist and one of the reasons is the number of victims of consumer fraud for example is usually not always but usually much greater in number and in magnitude then in individual crimes.”  read more »

Financial Fraud


Technology is evolving and scam artists are moving right along with it.

“Before people would steal your checkbook and maybe forge your name now they create their own checks or they don’t even use checks to get your money so just as we’ve advanced in society unfortunately criminals have gotten more sophisticated and greed is a motivation that’s been around for many many years.”

Mark Peterson is the District Attorney for Contra Costa County, in the San Francisco bay area. He says fighting fraud and prosecuting scam artists is the priority of his administration. Peterson says there are ways to tell if what you’re being pitched is going to cost you big.  read more »

Census Fraud


Its census time and identity thieves love it.

By now you should have received your 2010 census form in the mail and the Census Bureau is urging you to fill it out but another agency is urging you to beware. According to the Better Business Bureau says consumers need to be on guard for online and in-person census fraud. The correct census form from the government involves ten questions regarding your housing situation. It should not ask any questions regarding your financial information.  read more »

Financially Un-reliable


Not paying your traffic fines is illegal. Not paying your traffic fines when you’re a civil servant is just embarrassing.

Last week an investigation at a Bulgaria tax office found that more than 400 tax inspectors had failed to pay their traffic fines. This was part of a nationwide crackdown on government employees who don’t pay what they owe. The National Revenue Agency said they’ve seen an increase in fraud since the recession began and are only trying to recover lost revenue.  read more »

Fear of Fraud Bigger Than Terrorism


Since that terrible attack on 9/11, Americans have been understandably afraid of terrorism. But with the recent worldwide economic meltdown, most Americans are now more concerned about economic terrorism. And so is the federal government.

First, a global forecast that looks out to 2025 and conducted by the National Intelligence Council reported last month that global power is shifting from West to East with energy and economic issues being the key drivers of the shift. According to Aviation Week and Space Technology, “the report also warned that the diffusion of scientific knowledge and technology will place dangerous capabilities within reach of terrorist organizations.”  read more »