Fraud Alerts

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

Free trial offer? Not so fast

Free trial offer? Not so fast

When a business promises to let you try a product or service for free, it can be enticing. But companies that offer free trial offers often slip automatic renewal clauses into the fine print so that consumers are locked into expensive and recurring charges, even if the original product started out as “free.”

One-ring phone scam costing victims hundreds of dollars

One-ring phone scam costing victims hundreds of dollars

Your cell phone rings, but—before you can answer—the caller hangs up

Bogus web development scam targeting small businesses

Bogus web development scam targeting small businesses

Starting a small business is both challenging and rewarding. Unfortunately, scammers are eager to exploit the learning curve small business owners must take on to launch a new business.

Scammers increasingly turning to P2P payment apps

Scammers increasingly turning to P2P payment apps

Peer-to-peer (P2P) payment platforms like Apple Pay, Zelle, Venmo, and Cash App, offer a fast and convenient way to settle restaurant bills with your friends and send money to your family. Unfortunately, they are also becoming a popular payment method for scammers.

Social Security imposter scam on the rise

Social Security imposter scam on the rise

One of the most sensitive pieces of personal information is a consumer’s Social Security number (SSN), used by companies, the government, and other institutions to identify individuals--and highly sought-after by identity thieves.

Tax Day is coming (and so are IRS impersonation scams)

Tax Day is coming (and so are IRS impersonation scams)

It’s tax season! If you are like most Americans, you might be a little confused by the new tax laws. Unfortunately, fraudsters are more than willing to take advantage of this confusion to steal taxpayers’ hard-earned money.

Beware pyramid schemes posing as direct sales opportunities

Beware pyramid schemes posing as direct sales opportunities

If you've been on social media recently, chances are you’ve seen someone in your network launching a business in direct sales. You may have even been approached by someone inviting you to attend a get-together to learn about a “can’t miss” multi-level marketing (MLM) opportunity.

Love hurts! Avoid romance scams and the other 2018 Top Ten Scams 

Love hurts! Avoid romance scams and the other 2018 Top Ten Scams 

In 2018, NCL heard from thousands of consumers who sent us heartbreaking stores of scammers swindling them out of millions of dollars and, just as importantly, their peace of mind. Each year, we compile all of those complaints into our annual Top Ten Scams Report, which helps us identify emerging threats – like scammers demanding payment via gift cards – that aid...

Resolve to protect you and your family from fraud in 2019

Resolve to protect you and your family from fraud in 2019

Happy New Year! Each New Year brings with it celebrations, excitement, and opportunity. Unfortunately, however, we can also count on con artists to come up with new scams that may hurt you and your loved ones. This year, we are challenging our readers to resolve to not be one of the millions of Americans that will fall victim...

Boss on vacation this month? Beware the employer imposter scam

Boss on vacation this month? Beware the employer imposter scam

As the holiday vacation season draws near, many bosses and managers plan to take a few days off to travel or celebrate with family. This creates the perfect opportunity for fraudsters to impersonate them and trick their employees into falling for a costly scam.