Resources to help you avoid scams

April 13, 2021

Scammers are taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to con people into giving up their money. During this time of uncertainty, knowing about possible scams is a good first step toward preventing them.

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When it comes to scams, let’s look out for one another

March 1, 2021

This pandemic has brought lots of side effects. Lost jobs, lost income, and lost homes are themes we see around the country — and scammers know just how to take advantage of these worries.

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Utility scams are snow joke

February 22, 2021

Winter often brings the blues, but when it brings Arctic blasts, burst pipes, power outages, and even icicles indoors, scammers aren’t far behind with weather-related scams.

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Not love, actually

February 10, 2021

Valentine’s Day is this weekend, so over the next three days, we’re talking about romance scams. Lots of people have profiles on dating apps to meet someone — maybe even more so in these virtual times. And many people have built successful relationships from an online start. But what if, instead of finding a potential partner, you find a scam? 

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Identity Theft Awareness Week starts today

February 1, 2021

The challenges that COVID-19 has brought include a higher risk of identity theft. In 2020, the FTC got about 1.4 million reports of identity theft, double the number from 2019. Repeatedly, identity thieves targeted government funds earmarked to help people hard hit financially by the pandemic. Join us for Identity Theft Awareness Week, February 1-5. Learn about protecting yourself from identity theft, and recovering if it happens to you

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Scammers cash in on COVID-19 vaccination confusion

January 27, 2021

With every passing day, the news on COVID-19 vaccine distribution seems to change. One reason is that distribution varies by state and territory. And scammers, always at the ready, are taking advantage of the confusion. Besides a big dose of patience, here are some tips to help you avoid a vaccine-related scam, no matter where you live:

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Fa-la-la-la fake

December 10, 2020

On the 5th day of Consumer Protection, you get an email or text message that’s supposedly from UPS or FedEx, complete with one of their logos — and it seems legit. It says your item is ready to ship but you need to update your shipping preferences. But here’s the lump of coal: the message is bogus and there is no package.

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Fake calls from Apple and Amazon support: What you need to know

December 3, 2020

Scammers are calling people and using the names of two companies everyone knows, Apple and Amazon, to rip people off. Here’s what you need to know about these calls.

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Fraud Protection Services Scam

May 20, 2019

If you receive a call from "Fraud Protection Services" and they ask you for your ENTIRE debit card number or Social Security Number - HANG UP!

 

To learn more about the most recent scams targeting consumers and to sign up for email alerts please visit the following FTC website

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