Fraud Alerts

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

‘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...

Fraud alert: Utility company imposters threatening to shut off power

Fraud alert: Utility company imposters threatening to shut off power

The phone rings. On the other end of the line is someone claiming to be from the electric company, giving you one final notice of missed payments before they will have to shut off your power. You’re sure that you already paid your bill, but the utility representative sounds legitimate, knows the balances of your last few bills, and...

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!