Fraud Alerts

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

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....

“SIM swapping” scams could leave you with a dead phone, or worse

“SIM swapping” scams could leave you with a dead phone, or worse

Did your phone suddenly stop working? Chances are that you’re just out of battery, but it could be a symptom of something much more sinister and worrisome—“SIM swapping.”

Pay up or else: Learning to spot ransomware

Pay up or else: Learning to spot ransomware

What would you do if you suddenly were unable to access your treasured family photos, work documents, music collection, or other important files on your computer? What if you knew that you could lose them permanently unless you paid a hacker hundreds or thousands of dollars to unlock the files? Would you pay to get your files back?

Payment via iTunes? Red flag it’s a scam

Payment via iTunes? Red flag it’s a scam

Millions of consumers use iTunes to purchase and listen to their favorite music. Unfortunately, scammers are always on the lookout for new ways to get paid for their swindles, and some have latched on to the popular music service as a new way of bilking consumers. No, they’re not looking for the new Adele album. Instead, they’re focused on...

Unwanted software: Don't get more than you bargained for with free downloads

Unwanted software: Don't get more than you bargained for with free downloads

Unwanted software are programs that are downloaded—often unknowingly as part of a software bundle—that can cause serious problems for computer users. Research into unwanted software infection rates finds that at least tens of millions of computers are infected. Unwanted software is associated with billions of dollars in fraud every year.

Bogus Internet merchandise top 2015 scams list

Bogus Internet merchandise top 2015 scams list

Every year, Fraud.org compiles the top ten scams reported to us by consumers and publicly releases the list to help educate consumers and prevent future fraud. Based on an analysis of more than 10,000 consumer complaints submitted to Fraud.org in 2015, Fraud.org is warning consumers of the latest worst offenders: phony Internet merchandise sales.

Don't let a romance scam break your heart

Don't let a romance scam break your heart

Trying out online dating for the first time or a seasoned dater? Maybe you are one of the hordes of people who look to online dating sites this time of year, when sites typically see a surge in sign-ups before Valentine's Day. Online dating can be fun and convenient, but falling for an romance scam can be costly. Falling in...

New Year = time for tax ID thieves to pounce

New Year = time for tax ID thieves to pounce

Happy New Year! Now, file your taxes! Although many of us don’t start thinking about filing our taxes until the flowers start to bloom, there is one group of people who enjoy filing taxes as early as possible: tax identity thieves.