No, Grammy, don’t click on that link!

While many of us are technologically savvy and can instantly recognize an email or internet scam, there is a vulnerable population that can’t. Here’s a story for my 86-year-old grandmother and the rest of the internet users who aren’t familiar with the nefarious threats lurking online, but should be. Read more “No, Grammy, don’t click on that link!”

Another HomeAway phishing case prompts more questions about new fees

This shouldn’t have happened to JoAnne Hemsley’s daughter, Daniella. Not with the recent changes HomeAway made to protect users from phishing attacks.
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The VRBO scammers strike again! But can I help?

When I read Grace Lou’s email, I couldn’t believe it.

I thought this problem had already been fixed. I believed I would never see another case like this again. But there it was, staring me in the face.

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Something’s still “phishy” about vacation rentals

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If you think the words “vacation rental” and “phishing” are all but synonymous, you’re not alone. Just talk to Ann Schutte, who recently found a rental villa with a “million-dollar” view in Sedona, Ariz., through the rental Web site VRBO.com.

A woman claiming to own the property quoted her a $645 rate for five nights if she wired her the money. “After a number of e-mails back and forth, I agreed to the rental,” says Schutte, a property manager from Phoenix. “I received a contract. Everything looked correct on the contract. It even had the rental property address and logo. I signed the agreement, and wired the money through Western Union to the U.K.”
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