Malware, or malicious software, that contains viruses and spyware, can be downloaded via links contained in bogus emails. The perpetrators of these scams can take control of, or monitor use on, the infected computer and use this information to steal personal information. Scammers will use any ruse to inspire recipients to click on the link, […]
Author Archive for Jay Pentrack
Jay Pentrack is a staff reporter for the Idyllwild Town Crier newspaper.
As if tax season isn’t stressful enough, scammers are busy pretending to be IRS officials demanding payment via prepaid debit cards, wire transfers or credit cards. Refusal to pay results in threats of arrest, deportation or driver’s license suspension. In an alert the Federal Trade Commission issued on April 7 warning the public about the fake […]
According to Capt. Ray Wood, the Sheriff’s Department Hemet Station has exhausted all leads and the likelihood of finding Rocky the deer is remote. He said the deer might have been dismantled and scrapped. The mountain climbing-themed deer painted by local artists Donna Elliot and Neil Jenkins as a part of the public art display […]
Natural disasters provide a fertile feeding ground for scammers to take advantage of the generosity of those wishing to lend assistance. No matter the tragedy or the scope of devastation, scammers are furiously dialing for dollars, and the recent mudslides in Washington state have provided yet another opportunity for the public to fall prey to […]
“Work at home” and “be your own boss” opportunities are in abundance online but not all of them are legitimate. State and federal agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission, have been taking action against companies promising work-at-home opportunities targeting the unemployed. The Online Entrepreneur was said to have swindled consumers by selling a website program […]
It may come as a surprise to learn that one of the people responsible for creating the Art Alliance of Idyllwild was not herself an artist. But, five minutes into a conversation with Chris Trout — and it is less a surprise and more a realization — it becomes apparent that this lady can do […]