Scam alerts have greatly increased in quantity in the last few years.
One of the most recent scams to hit Americans as of Feb 17th, is the switch from analog to digital TV broadcasting.
This transition has caused so much confusion that it has become a scammer's dream.
TVs that have an “ATSC” marking on the back and most sets sold since 2004 TVs that already have digital-ready tuners, need not take any action.
Also included are subscribers to a satellite or cable service, no matter how old your set.Over 8 million people over 50 and 20 million Americans still have older analog TV sets.
Many receive their signals from rabbit ears or outside antennas.
By Feb 17th, in order to watch television, all of these people will have to purchase a digital-to-analog converter box that connects to the TV set.
The government offered a coupon worth $40 each, up to 2 converter boxes per household, to help offset the cost of the converters which typically ran $50-$70.
Recently, more and more alerts concerning scams and scam warnings have been seen on TV, newspapers, etc, because there was so much confusion and multiple steps required to get the converters.
It definitely made it ripe for scammers and identity theft.
For a multitude of information, go to identity theft scams which are a threat to everyone.
Bob Blancato, is the national coordinator for Elder Justice Coalition, warns against other alerts about these scams besides the digital scams such as bait and switch, work-at-home jobs, phony tax rebates and grant money schemes.
These are expensive “help” scams you don’t need.
As the BBB stated, “Miracle ClearView” sells for approximately $20 with a government coupon for $40 in the retail stores.
An official with Universal TechTronics states the company is not authorized to redeem these coupons.
The store where you bought the box will be more than happy to give you guidance on how to do this.
These offers usually come in the form of letters or emails. If you receive one,Ignore Them!
A neighbor of mine is a police officer and he was telling me that a resident in the area reported he received a $10,000 check along with instructions to forward some of his Own money to the scammer to buy TV’s he could sell.
Here are some street scams to also be aware of.
The scammer then tries to persuade the job seeker to sell new digital TV’s.
Please be diligent in educating yourself about all the different scam alerts that are important to know about. The scammers are crafty, and new scams surface all the time, so Be Aware.