Fraud Alerts

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

'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”...

Scammers using robocalls to prey on consumers

Scammers using robocalls to prey on consumers

If you own a phone, chances are that you’ve been on the receiving end of a robocall. Thanks to cheap Internet calling technology, shady marketers and outright scammers are inundating American consumers with billions of phone calls. Many, if not most, of these calls originate from overseas, though the recipient of a robocall may see a local telephone number on...

Jury duty scams on the rise

Jury duty scams on the rise

Being picked for jury duty can be stressful. Receiving a call from someone claiming to be with the local police department or district attorney's office who says you missed jury duty and are facing arrest is downright terrifying! Reports from police departments across the country suggest that this type of fraud is again on the rise. Consumers who fear that they have missed their jury duty...

Watch out: Online pet adoption scams are fur real!

Watch out: Online pet adoption scams are fur real!

Bringing a new puppy or kitten home is right at the top of many consumers’ wish lists. Unfortunately, scammers know all too well how emotionally connected we can get to the idea of adopting a cuddly ball of fuzz and how to take advantage of that. Since the beginning of 2015, Fraud.org has received a surge of consumer complaints about...