In addition to major scams covered in our Scams & Cons News podcast episodes, there are lots of other crimes that happen every day, but are not fodder for the News programs. This blog allows me to tell those stories and offer some commentary along the way.

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December 06, 2023

Quitclaim deed scam leaves woman wondering if she owns her home

The people stealing houses in Montgomery County, Va., have not been backing trucks up to the foundation and hauling them away. They just take over the deed without the homeowner’s knowledge. The Montgomery Count...

December 05, 2023

Scammers use Malaysian banks to distribute money and con bank workers into helping

Five major banks Malysia are being scrutinized by the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission's radar for being used by international scammers to dupe victims, who transacted up to 1 million ringgita – that’s a...

November 25, 2023

Robo call - 3 minutes

The obnoxious 3-minute robocall

November 22, 2023

Psychic steals $1M by conning wife into stealing from her husband

She should have seen it coming. A psychic was sentenced for coaching a wife on bilking cash and stealing $1 million from an elderly husband. The woman must spend nine and a half years in prison and 15 years on probati...

November 21, 2023

Customer data from Jenny Craig dumped at the curb

Jenny Craig helps people lose weight, but it didn’t need any help losing customer data. It just set file cabinets on the street in East Memphis, Tenn. Names, phone numbers, addresses, dates of birth, even photos...

November 21, 2023

I dunno -- this sounds like a romance scam to me

The one where I'm approached by a romance scammer

November 15, 2023

Con artist fools cop into handing over $450,000

The word cop has its origins as shorthand for “Constable On Patrol.” No doubt a former London cop withes he was on patrol instead of being scammed, according to the London Free Press. The former officer wa...

November 14, 2023

Fake IDs lead to data theft of at least 5,000 people

It was a game of oopsie in Texas when the state mistakenly sent out thousands of driver’s licenses to an organized crime group. That group used the licenses to clean out the bank accounts of thousands of people na...

November 08, 2023

Imagine 12,640 years in prison for a scam

Talk about doing time. A couple in Thailand was sentenced to 12,640 years – each – for running a ponzi scheme. They were promising 93 percent return on investments, which we all know is bat---- crazy. Still,...

November 07, 2023

The scammer violin player is back!

The violin scam came back to New Jersey recently. It’s a scam where someone plays beautiful music through a loud speaker in a large parking lot – like Target – which is where I spotted one, but more on...