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Washington Man Robbed, Beaten After Being Lured To Bay Area For Watch Sale

A man who had come to San Francisco to sell an expensive watch to an online bidder was beaten and robbed near the Alemany Farmers’ Market site on Tuesday evening, a police spokesman said Wednesday.

08/07/2013

A man using two smartphones. (Indranil Mukherjee/Getty Images)

ConsumerWatch: ‘Spoofing’ Of Phone Numbers On The Rise

In a crime known as “spoofing,” an increasing number of crooks and con artists are passing off other people’s phone numbers as their own to help them pull off scams.

05/29/2013

The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Show

ConsumerWatch: Beware Canceled Tickets Being Sold Online

Consumers who buy tickets for concerts and sporting events through third party venders like Craigslist are taking the risk that those tickets are worthless. That’s because…

05/16/2013

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ConsumerWatch: Scammers Finding New Ways To Target Gift Cards

Consumers may want to think twice before purchasing gift cards. A new scam proves that crooks are getting more sophisticated and the old protections just aren’t working any more.

04/30/2013

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Enrollment Scam Robs Contra Costa College Of Financial Aid Money

Once the students picked up their financial aid checks, they managed to either stop enrollment or withdrew from class without the college realizing it, and pocketed nearly $3,000 each.

04/15/2013

Rolk Olsen home theater system. (CBS)

ConsumerWatch: Con Artists Selling Fake High-End Audio Gear

Con artists are rolling through the Bay Area, offering to sell seemingly high-quality electronics for dirt cheap prices. People who fall for it could end up with a box full of poor quality audio equipment, or in some cases, nothing at all.

04/12/2013

Super Bowl Tickets (CBS)

Arrest Made In ‘Go Ravens’ Super Bowl Ticket Scam

The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office announced an arrest Wednesday in a scam that cost an East Bay couple nearly $6,000 for nonexistent tickets to the Super Bowl.

03/27/2013

A Green Dot MoneyPak card. (CBS)

ConsumerWatch: Prepaid Cards Now Scammers’ Preferred Payment Method

More people than ever are using prepaid cards to buy things and pay bills. And now more scammers are using them, too — as a payment menthod to steal money from unsuspecting victims.

03/18/2013

Super Bowl Tickets (CBS)

Ticketmaster CEO Gives Scammed 49ers Fans Super Bowl Tickets

A diehard San Francisco 49ers fan is heading out to the Super Bowl after she was duped out of thousands of dollars in an online ticket scam.

01/30/2013

Super Bowl tickets (CBS)

Scammer Sends Hayward Couple ‘Go Ravens’ Note In Place Of $5,900 Super Bowl Tickets

The Osgood family found four seats for sale on Craigslist through an individual claiming to be a Baltimore Ravens season ticketholder. The cost seemed fair – $5,900, about double the original price.

01/29/2013

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