Friday, May 24 2013 7:03 AM EDT2013-05-24 11:03:25 GMT
As survivors of Monday's tornado that killed 24 people in Moore, Oklahoma, prepare to spend part of Memorial Day Weekend honoring the dead, the survivors must worry about health dangers stemming from allFull Story >
As survivors of Monday's tornado that killed 24 people in Moore, Oklahoma, prepare to spend part of Memorial Day Weekend honoring the dead, the survivors must worry about health dangers stemming from all the infrastructure that's been destroyed.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 6:36 AM EDT2013-05-24 10:36:44 GMT
Some cooler and much less humid weather is headed our way. This will lead to mostly sunny skies for Friday and a pleasant - if not a tad chilly - high in the mid 60s. Full Story >
This afternoon, we'll see plenty of sunshine but highs in the mid 60s which is 10 degrees below average. Full Story >
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
By now, you or someone you know
has probably received a text message congratulating you on winning a gift card
to a major retailer.
According to consumer affairs experts and
retailers, the names of stores like Best Buy, Walmart and Target have been
used by scammers to try and lure consumers into giving up their private
information for more than a year now.
The South Carolina Department of Consumer
Affairs says December was its most active month for reports of text message
giveaway scams. But if last year was any indicator of activity, tax refund
season may produce another spike in the phony giveaways.
Retailers say while they have no connection
to the scams, the frequency in which people receive the texts seems to come in
waves, and it's usually when consumers are spending more money. At the Best Buy
in Lexington, they say the constantly get questions about the messages.
"People walking into the store, it happens
about once a week, and they'll come in and ask to speak to someone and sometimes
even show us the text message," said Mechelle Carey, the general manager at the
Carey says she's seen the text message quite
often, and even her son has asked about it. "My 13-year-old got a text message
and was like, 'Hey, is this real?'," said Carey. "So, it impacts us too."
So how do scammers get your cell phone
"Sometimes it's just a robo-dial or auto-dial
type thing, and sometimes scammers will share lists/distribution lists," said
Juliana Harris with the Department of Consumer Affairs. Harris says the worst thing
to do is to respond to a questionable message that's from someone you don't
know. "If you are responding and engaging with the scammer that often tells
them there's a live body on that line, so they're going to keep that number,"
Harris says the messages will often lead to a
website looking for your personal information, and sometimes scammers just want
access to your device.
"Our phones are like mini-computers," said
Harris. "So if you're clicking on these links it could be infecting your phone
with something that is recording information or something of that nature."
Harris recommends downloading a free virus
software for your smartphone. "If you do happen to accidentally hit on that
link, then you can run a scan immediately after and see what's going on on your
phone," she said.
Consumer affairs experts add it's a good idea
to keep a check of your cell phone record. Also remember if a major retailer
contacts you, it will be through a way you won't question. "We contact you
through the ways you have given us to contact you, your Reward Zone and things
like that," said Carey. "You can always call us, and we'll make sure to validate
whether that's a true offer or not."
Experts say it's not just smartphones that
receive these phony messages. They add cell phones that don't link to the web
are just as vulnerable, and in some cases consumers will then type in the link
to the phony website on their home computer to try and claim ‘their
prize.' Consumer affairs experts say a person may then be opening up
their computer to a virus.
Harris recommends if you do get one of these
messages, the best thing to do is to forward it to your cell phone provider at
7726 (SPAM). She says the FCC keeps track of the phone numbers that scam
messages are sent from.
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:17 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:17:47 GMT
Heads are starting to roll at the IRS. A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leaveFull Story >
A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leave Thursday. We have learned more about Lois Lerner's connections to Cindy Thomas, the highest ranking Cincinnati employee in this IRS division.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:31:55 GMT
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. The six Cincinnati workers we have identified, who sent scrutinizing letters to conservative groups with wordsFull Story >
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 9:15 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:15:38 GMT
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon. Starting out as a classic funnel it quickly became a giant half-mile wide wedge tornado as it proceeded east north eastFull Story >
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon.Full Story >
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:32 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:32:20 GMT
A suspect was arrested Thursday in the fatal shooting of a man in East Price Hill. On May 14, officers responded to the 500 block of Elberon Avenue around 11:15 p.m. Upon arrival, police located ScottFull Story >
A suspect was arrested Thursday in the fatal shooting of a man in East Price Hill.Full Story >
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:47 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:47:43 GMT
The Kentucky Supreme Court has suspended northern Kentucky attorney Eric C. Deters for 60 days because of misconduct in two civil cases. The suspension marks the second time the high court has suspendedFull Story >
The Kentucky Supreme Court has suspended northern Kentucky attorney Eric C. Deters for 60 days because of misconduct in two civil cases.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:20 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:20:28 GMT
The Cincinnati Tea Party announced that it will protest the IRS on Tuesday over the targeting of liberty groups regarding their tax status. The protest will begin at Fountain Square at noon on TuesdayFull Story >
The Cincinnati Tea Party protested the IRS on Tuesday over the targeting of liberty groups regarding their tax status. Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 4:38 AM EDT2013-05-24 08:38:10 GMT
(RNN) - A bridge in Washington has collapsed and at least two cars are in the water, according to KING 5 TV out of Seattle. The bridge is part of Interstate 5. There is no word on injuries. Copyright 2013Full Story >
A photo from the scene showed a man sitting on top of his car, which was partially submerged.Full Story >
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