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

Planning a holiday escape? Avoid hassle and heartache caused by travel scams

Planning a holiday escape? Avoid hassle and heartache caused by travel scams

Last year, nearly ¾ of Americans planned to travel between Thanksgiving and Christmas. For the vast majority of travelers, the holidays are a time to create memories that they will cherish for years. Thanks to scammers who prey on travelers, however, those memories can turn into nightmares. Take steps to protect yourself this busy travel season by following these...

“Blank deposit slip” scam is a new twist on an old fraud

“Blank deposit slip” scam is a new twist on an old fraud

Imagine you’re trying to sell your car and you finally find a buyer. The buyer seems eager to purchase the car and offers to send you a deposit to “hold” the vehicle. The check you receive, however, is for more than you agreed—a “mistake” by the enthused buyer—and now he wants you to work with his bank...

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.