Our partners with the Cuyahoga County Scam Squad want to warn you about an alarming new con that is wiping out people’s life savings. Officials say it targets folks who are typically savvy about potential scams — yet some are still falling for this one. This sinister scam is popping up throughout the country and the feds say it t often tricks people by using pop-ups to get their attention. Then it claims to be generated from a legitimate government agency that’s warning them that their financial information has been hacked.
This year Better Business Bureau has recorded a 187% increase in the amount of money lost to travel scams over 2021. Consumer Investigator Caresse Jackman uncovers how much a simple mistake could cost you when booking airfare and how scammers are taking advantage of last-minute flight cancellations.
The Federal Trade Commission is warning renters against scams involving Section 8, a housing choice voucher program that assists low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled. Consumer Investigator Caresse Jackman speaks with a woman who narrowly avoided a scam and identifies the red flags you need to know.
“We have come to the point where people will ignore calls from unknown numbers, even in emergent situations when answering the phone could save their lives," prosecutors at the Attorney General's office said in the suit.
Our partners at the Cuyahoga County Scam Squad have a warning for consumers about pop-up COVID testing sites. They tell 19 News; a local testing site has now shut down and is being investigated in multiple states.
The 19 Investigative Team is working with our partners at the Cuyahoga County Scam Squad to bring consumers a warning, scammers are taking advantage of the latest need for tests by selling phony ones online.