Fraud Alerts

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

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.

'Tis the season... for scams

'Tis the season... for scams

From lighting the menorah and trimming the tree to celebrating Kwanzaa and the impending new year, December is a time when friends and family gather to celebrate all the joys the season brings. Unfortunately, it’s also a time of year when fraudsters roll out a cornucopia of time-tested scams to prey on consumers’ holiday habits. Read on to learn about...

Don't let a shady company put the moves on you

Don't let a shady company put the moves on you

Millions of Americans change residences each year--a new job, getting married, a growing family, or a desire for a better commute are all reasons that people decide to move. The moving industry is big business! Unfortunately, the industry has been dogged by consumer complaints of moving fraud, particularly when the moves are done over long distances. Moving fraud occurs when...

Job-seekers, beware reshipment work scams

Job-seekers, beware reshipment work scams

Imagine that you’re looking for ways to supplement your income with a part-time job. For millions, this means logging onto online jobs boards like Craigslist, Monster.com, and others. For those of us who have family or other commitments, work-at-home opportunities can mean the difference between paying the rent and being out on the street. Unfortunately, scammers also know...

Beware: Top scams targeting students

Beware: Top scams targeting students

School is back in session, and unfortunately scammers are ready to target students. We've taken a look at complaints filed with Fraud.org in the last year, and the data reveals that consumers under the age of 22 are by far most likely to fall for one of two types of scams: bogus Internet sales and fake check schemes. These are popular...

Scammers taking to Instagram to find victims

Scammers taking to Instagram to find victims

Millions of consumers use Instagram to look through their friends’ vacation photos and post selfies. Unfortunately, scammers follow social media trends too and they’ve made Instagram another tool in their arsenal of tricks to try to defraud consumers. Over the past few months, we've received a number of complaints from consumers describing a new variation of the so-called “flipping money”...