Fraud Alerts

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

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...

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...