Fraud Alerts

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

Your lucky Facebook friend might be a scammer

Your lucky Facebook friend might be a scammer

Facebook is a great social media channel used by millions of consumers to keep in touch with family and friends. We share pictures, videos, and even private messages with trusted loved ones. But, with data breaches giving hackers what they need to log into people's accounts, we might not always be communicating with who we think we are.

Summer heating up with advance-fee loan scams

Summer heating up with advance-fee loan scams

Summer has arrived! For many, that means backyard BBQs, road trips, and fireworks. For some, it’s a common time to make a big purchase, such as a new car or a family vacation. Recent college grads who don’t have the benefit of a grace period on their loans will start seeing their first student loan bills this month, which...

Moving this spring? Watch out for rental scams!

Moving this spring? Watch out for rental scams!

In 2016, more than 35 million people in the U.S. changed residences. Each year, the May-September months are the most popular times of the year to make a move. And it’s no wonder why.  For one, the weather is warmer in the spring and summer, so no dealing with freezing temperatures or snow on the ground while moving....

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...