Fraud Alerts

Read our latest Fraud Alert to learn about how to protect yourself from scams that are surfacing.

Pet adoption scams on the rise

Pet adoption scams on the rise

As warmer weather arrives and the end of the school year approaches, many American families are likely to be considering adding a four-legged friend to their households. Adopting a pet is usually a time of celebration and excitement. However, if you are not careful, fraudsters can take advantage of your eagerness to adopt that adorable puppy and scam you...

Don’t let tax preparation fraud become another Tax Day headache

Don’t let tax preparation fraud become another Tax Day headache

With less than seven weeks left before April 18, we have entered the height of tax season—the time of year when more than 70 percent of taxpayers turn to software or tax preparers to help prepare their returns. Unfortunately it’s also the time when, if you are not careful, you can fall for one of...

Avoid 2016's top scam: Bogus Internet merchandise

Avoid 2016's top scam: Bogus Internet merchandise

Last year, Fraud.org collected more than 7,000 consumer complaints about scams, and today we're releasing our annual list of the Top Ten Scams in order to warn consumers what to watch out for. For the fourth year in a row, scams involving bogus Internet merchandise were the #1 complaint!

Save money filing taxes this new year—and protect yourself from identity fraud

Save money filing taxes this new year—and protect yourself from identity fraud

Happy 2017! The start of a new year means that tax filing season is right around the corner. While Tax Day is not something all consumers look forward to, it may mean that a much-needed tax refund will soon arrive for some. The annual refund check can be a financial lifeline for many of us, enabling us to pay...

Need extra cash to pay those holiday bills? Beware work-at-home scams!

Need extra cash to pay those holiday bills? Beware work-at-home scams!

Holiday season is officially upon us—typically a joyous time for giving gifts and spending time with friends, family, and loved ones. However, with  the expenses of gifts and travel, many consumers may be on the lookout for supplemental income opportunities. Unfortunately, this also means that consumers may be at greater risk of falling victim to a...

Planning a holiday escape? Avoid hassle and heartache caused by travel scams

Planning a holiday escape? Avoid hassle and heartache caused by travel scams

Last year, nearly ¾ of Americans planned to travel between Thanksgiving and Christmas. For the vast majority of travelers, the holidays are a time to create memories that they will cherish for years. Thanks to scammers who prey on travelers, however, those memories can turn into nightmares. Take steps to protect yourself this busy travel season by following these...

“Blank deposit slip” scam is a new twist on an old fraud

“Blank deposit slip” scam is a new twist on an old fraud

Imagine you’re trying to sell your car and you finally find a buyer. The buyer seems eager to purchase the car and offers to send you a deposit to “hold” the vehicle. The check you receive, however, is for more than you agreed—a “mistake” by the enthused buyer—and now he wants you to work with his bank...

Feds spotlighting the mass mail fraud schemes that cost consumers millions

Feds spotlighting the mass mail fraud schemes that cost consumers millions

The United States mail is supposed to be a way for consumers to send and receive important messages -- account statements and bills, jury duty notifications, personal correspondence, and more. Unfortunately,  the mail is also a method for scammers to reach tens of millions of consumers with fraudulent pitches, potentially netting these criminals tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars...

Loan scams preying on students

Loan scams preying on students

With the back-to-school season upon us, and as the cost of a college education skyrockets, many consumers are looking to student loans to help them pay for school. Unfortunately, fraudsters know that student borrowers are often unfamiliar with the ins and outs of loans and take advantage of unsuspecting students by tricking them into crooked schemes.

Who's on the other end of that line? An imposter

Who's on the other end of that line? An imposter

In an imposter scam, fraudsters take on the identity of someone else -- a government agency, a sweepstakes company, or even a relative desperate for help -- to pressure victims into paying money for taxes, a prize, or a quick personal loan. Regardless of the ruse, these scams are designed to do one thing: quickly separate victims from their money....