Fraud Alerts

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

Don’t be spooked by the latest gift card scam!

Don’t be spooked by the latest gift card scam!

Being told that your credit or debit card is being declined at a restaurant, in a busy checkout line, or at your favorite online retailer can be an unsettling or even scary experience. At Fraud.org, we’re hearing from consumers that this awkward situation is also increasingly happening with gift cards. We’ve seen a spike in news reports...

You won! Not so fast--sweepstakes scammers posing as legitimate watchdog groups

You won! Not so fast--sweepstakes scammers posing as legitimate watchdog groups

Your phone rings and the caller ID says it's someone from the National Consumers League. You answer the phone, and one of our friendly staffers informs you that you have won the lottery! All you need to do is pay taxes on the winnings, and you can trust the National Consumers League to help facilitate this process and...

Avoid the most common back-to-school scams

Avoid the most common back-to-school scams

With summer winding down, a new school year is just around the corner, promising new opportunities, experiences, and friendships. As many students are planning their return to school, scammers are working overtime to cheat students and their parents out of hard-earned savings. Fortunately, by learning about the most common scams targeting students before the school year starts, you can protect...

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...