Fraud Alerts

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

Protect yourself from the five most common Google Play gift card scams this holiday season

Protect yourself from the five most common Google Play gift card scams this holiday season

Since the beginning of the year, NCL’s Fraud.org campaign has received hundreds of complaints from consumers reporting that scammers involved in a variety of frauds requested payment via gift cards. Dozens of those complaints mentioned that they specifically wanted payment via Google Play gift cards. Unfortunately, many of the complaints we received indicated that the consumer had already sent the...

Scammers ruining travel plans by stealing victims' frequent flyer miles

Scammers ruining travel plans by stealing victims' frequent flyer miles

Imagine logging into your airline frequent flyer account and—after years of saving to claim a free flight—you find a balance of zero miles. Sadly, with an estimated 14 trillion frequent flier miles and hotel points floating around unused, scammers have a very large, lucrative target in 

Scammers turning to bogus Google Calendar invitations to defraud consumers

Scammers turning to bogus Google Calendar invitations to defraud consumers

A new invitation pops up on your Google Calendar, alerting you that you won a prize! Awesome! But not so fast –...

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.