It seems there’s a flourishing trade in fake liquor, especially bourbons and vodkas. Counterfeits are turning up in all types of places, including hotels, retail stores and even airport duty-free shops. Some of this fake booze can be downright dangerous, containing methanol, instead of ethanol, and other harmful chemicals that can result in […]
If you’re a photo enthusiast and like to travel with a lot of gear, watch out for thieves who feel equally enthusiastic about it. They generally operate as a group of up to five or six people who rush up to you and seem to want to show you something. They hold a […]
Who knew there so many ways of parting a tourist and his money? Although we’ve written about fake hotel bookings and vacation rentals before, the scam has risen at such an alarming rate during the past couple of years, it’s worth repeating the warning. The scam usually takes the form of someone advertising a […]
GoBear also reports on the increasing use of skimmers at some hotels. You hand over your credit card to pay a bill and, in addition to running it through the hotel card reader, the employee also passes it through a small pocket device, which reads and stores all your card information. This may […]
This one was reported by the consumer finance site GoBear.com. You’re settling in to your vacation hotel. Why not order room service and get into relaxation mode right now? A hotel employee delivers your order and asks you to sign a confirmation slip. But then he announces that this hotel doesn’t allow you to […]
If it happens in the US it won’t take long for it to come to Canada. The U.S. Social Security Administration won’t be phoning you to tell you about a computer glitch that’s mixed up your Social Security number and that they need you to confirm the number. It’s a scam so just hang up.
A Calgary-based program supporting victims of domestic violence is more than happy to share 18 years of knowledge to help establish a similar system in Edmonton, the organization’s boss says. “This is not something you want to hide,” Homefront Calgary executive director Maggie MacKillop said Thursday. “This is something you share.” The program was identified […]
The Alberta government announced Friday it will spend $10 million to hire more RCMP officers, civilian staff and Crown prosecutors to deal with rural crime. “Some communities in rural Alberta are experiencing the highest property crime rates they’ve seen in five years,” said Kathleen Ganley, minister of justice and solicitor general. “This spike in criminal […]
Tech support scammers have come up with a new trick to connect with victims via on-screen pop-ups. The latest pop-ups are actually automated dialers. If you click on them, your computer will call the fake support number, using your computer microphone and speakers to connect you with the crooks. Never click on a tech-support pop-up. […]
Rockyview Computer Services tells us the following: there is another new phone scam going around and this time the scammer will tell you that they are from Telus and that your email has been compromised. Then they will want to remotely connect to your computer to resolve the issue. This is a scam folks. If […]
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