Category Archives: Scams

Wasden warns non-profits of donation scam

Idaho’s Attorney General posted the following news release on Thursday, November 21, 2013: Wasden Warns Non-Profits of Donation Scam (Boise) – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden today warned Idaho non-profit organizations to be on the lookout for overpayment donation scams. “My … Continue reading

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Be aware of ways scammers will try to gain your trust

From The Kingsport Times-News, electronic edition: The text message hitting mobile phones throughout the (Tennessee) region last weekend included a call to action. It began with: “Eastman Credit Union Alerts: Your debit-card starting with (a six-digit number) is DEACTIVATED.” And a … Continue reading

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Idaho Optometrist Defrauds Health Care Benefit Programs

According to an article in the Idaho Statesman, a Caldwell optometrist, Christopher Card, has pleaded guilty to defrauding health care benefit programs of about $1 million over 17 years. Idaho Medicaid, Medicare, Blue Cross of Idaho, Regence Blue Shield of … Continue reading

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Mortgage Settlement Scams

Idaho’s Attorney General is warning consumers of a new scam related to the recent multistate mortgage servicer settlement. Reports have been made of phone calls and emails from scammers asking for the consumer’s bank account number. Some callers have reportedly … Continue reading

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Tax Scam Alerts

As people prepare to file their taxes, scammers are preparing to dupe them out of their returns.  The Better Business Bureau warns about two scams:  1.       Small business owners and individuals need to beware of suspicious lookalike emails that mimic … Continue reading

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Tax Hacks – Beware Tax Scams

Now is the time of year when scam artists are trying to separate you from your money by using income taxes. Remember, the IRS will never send you an email asking for personal information. Also, beware of accountants who use … Continue reading

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Fake Accidents Drive up Insurance Costs

Watch this video from CBS News. Staged accidents like this one added $650 million to the cost of auto insurance in the state of Florida alone in 2011. This is happening everywhere and we are all paying for it. Be … Continue reading

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Beware Telephone Scams

Jeri Traughber, Pocatello resident, won $550,000! At least that’s what the caller wanted her to believe. But Traughber was smart and recognized the call for the scam that it really was. Traughber’s advice to others is simple: Be cautious. Many … Continue reading

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Living Trust Mills

A “living trust” is a trust you create while you are alive. It can help you avoid probate, reduce estate taxes or set up long-term property management. The advantages of living trusts are sometimes exaggerated by companies who sell them. … Continue reading

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Medicare Fraud Most Common Senior Scam

The National Council on Aging reported that Medicare fraud is one of the most common scams targeting seniors. Medicare fraud can take several forms. Most commonly, scammers are trying to sell products, services and equipment over the phone. Seniors should … Continue reading

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