Scam Artists

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New Phila. Campaign Aims To Thwart Con Men Who Pose as Utility Workers

Utilities have tried awareness campaigns before, but this new one has what’s been missing: a way for homeowners to find out for sure if someone is scamming them.


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Phila. Official Warns of Slippery Scammer Posing As City L&I Inspector

Carlton Williams, commissioner of the city’s Department of Licenses & Inspections, says they’ve received three reports since Monday of a person posing as an L&I inspector and gaining entry to homes.


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Beware Of Charity Scams In Wake Of Typhoon Haiyan

Many people may be inspired to give as they see pictures or video of typhoon ravaged parts of the Philippines. But good intentions may go bad with scammers looking to make an easy buck.


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Authorities Warn About Scam Artists Posing As Law Enforcement Officers In Camden County

Authorities in Camden County are alerted the public to a scam in which callers pose as sheriff’s officers to extort money from victims with the threat of arrest.


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Two Arrested In So-Called “Black Money” Scam

New Jersey authorities say a couple of alleged scam artists tried to lure victims with what they called, “black money.”


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‘Second Chance’ Scams

Second chance scams occur when the bidder on, let’s say eBay, who didn’t win the auction is contacted by a thief posing as the seller who says the sale fell through and the item is once again for sale.


(Philadelphia DA Seth Williams issues his annual warning about holiday season shopping scams.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia’s DA Issues Warnings on Holiday Season Scams

The arrival of Thanksgiving means, of course, the arrival of holiday shopping. And, the DA warns, that means scam artists will be out in full force, both in person and online.


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IRS Warns About Fake ‘Amended Tax Return’ Scams Against Elderly

An IRS spokesman says scam artists recently struck in northwestern Pennsylvania and are believed to be on the move again — possibly headed this way.


(A child is held by a woman in a protective sheet at a temporary shelter set up at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo on Friday, after a powerful tsunami spawned by the largest earthquake in Japan's recorded history slammed the eastern coast, sweeping away boats, cars, homes, and people as widespread fires burned out of control.  AP photo/The Yomiuri Shimbun, Reiri Kurihara)

3 On Your Side: Japan Disaster Scam Warning

The terrifying pictures of the disaster in Japan have many Americans wanting to help. Unfortunately, con-artists are counting on that.