Fraud Alerts

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

Disappearing money scam

Disappearing money scam

With Americans averaging more than $6K worth (and rising!) of credit card debt, it's no wonder scammers are taking advantage of this vulnerability. At Fraud.org, we have recently received several complaints from consumers who had their credit card balances paid off by a “new friend” or “business partner” only to see the credit vanish several days later. ...

Online sellers, don't be fooled by spoofed PayPal emails

Online sellers, don't be fooled by spoofed PayPal emails

Scammers posing as buyers of items for sale online have mastered the art of spoofing PayPal emails to instruct sellers to send their items and get away with them for free.

Typosquatters waiting to pounce on your errant keystrokes

Typosquatters waiting to pounce on your errant keystrokes

We all make typos, but if you are unlucky enough to make one while entering a web address into your browser, you could fall victim to the typosquatting scam.

Avoid last-minute tax scams

Avoid last-minute tax scams

Although the deadline for filing taxes - April 17 this year - is looming, more than half of Americans have yet to file. For many taxpayers, this simply means that they will get their refund a little later than usual. But for scammers, it means something much more sinister: opportunity. In the days...

Cell phone ‘port-out scam’ can threaten bank, other accounts

Cell phone ‘port-out scam’ can threaten bank, other accounts

If you’re like most Americans, your cell phone is probably one of the first things you look at in the morning and one of the last things you look at at night. Imagine then, waking up to find that your phone suddenly doesn’t work, and it’s just constantly in emergency mode. For a growing number of consumers, this...

Unwanted gift cards? Resolve to steer clear of gift card resale scams

Unwanted gift cards? Resolve to steer clear of gift card resale scams

Gift cards are a popular and convenient gift idea, so it’s no wonder that nearly $27 billion in gift cards are purchased by Americans during the holiday season. For whatever reasons, nearly $1 billion worth of those gift cards go unused by their recipients each year, and there’s even a market for...

Fake MoneyPak websites stealing consumers’ cash

Fake MoneyPak websites stealing consumers’ cash

Many of America’s 33.5 million unbanked and underbanked households rely on prepaid debit cards to pay bills and make purchases. Cash reload packs--like Green Dot’s MoneyPaks--are used by these consumers to load money on their prepaid debit cards. While cash reload packs offer people without bank accounts critical access to the financial system, they are also a frequent target...

‘Blessings’ scams preying on vulnerable guidance-seekers

‘Blessings’ scams preying on vulnerable guidance-seekers

In an uncertain world, it can be reassuring to ask for advice to help avoid the pitfalls that life inevitably throws at you. In many cultural traditions, people seek out such advice from spiritual guides, seers, gurus, or others who are thought to have special knowledge or abilities. People find comfort and guidance in a variety of ways that...

Scammers targeting victims in and out of disaster zones after recent hurricanes, earthquakes

Scammers targeting victims in and out of disaster zones after recent hurricanes, earthquakes

Hurricanes in Texas and Florida. Earthquakes in Mexico. Wildfires in the western states. Devastating natural disasters have been making major headlines in recent weeks. While the human and financial toll these disasters take is bad enough, there’s a category of scam artist that aims to add insult to injury when events like these occur: disaster scammers.

“Secret” Federal Reserve account scam increasing in popularity

“Secret” Federal Reserve account scam increasing in popularity

As summer comes to an end, and we are reconciling our bills from summer vacation or beginning to plan for back-to-school purchases, many of us could use a financial boost. The thought of discovering a “secret” account to pay our bills may be alluring. Imagine learning that there is an account to which you have unknowingly been contributing through...