Fraud Alerts

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

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.

Got vacation on the mind? Beware cruise scams

Got vacation on the mind? Beware cruise scams

As temperatures turn cool, cruise season is just starting to heat up. Millions of Americans enjoy cruise vacation packages as an escape from winter each year. But to keep from getting burned this travel season, would-be vacationers may need more than just sunscreen to protect themselves. If you want to escape the deep freeze, keep on the lookout...

Don’t be spooked by the latest gift card scam!

Don’t be spooked by the latest gift card scam!

Being told that your credit or debit card is being declined at a restaurant, in a busy checkout line, or at your favorite online retailer can be an unsettling or even scary experience. At Fraud.org, we’re hearing from consumers that this awkward situation is also increasingly happening with gift cards. We’ve seen a spike in news reports...

You won! Not so fast--sweepstakes scammers posing as legitimate watchdog groups

You won! Not so fast--sweepstakes scammers posing as legitimate watchdog groups

Your phone rings and the caller ID says it's someone from the National Consumers League. You answer the phone, and one of our friendly staffers informs you that you have won the lottery! All you need to do is pay taxes on the winnings, and you can trust the National Consumers League to help facilitate this process and...

Avoid the most common back-to-school scams

Avoid the most common back-to-school scams

With summer winding down, a new school year is just around the corner, promising new opportunities, experiences, and friendships. As many students are planning their return to school, scammers are working overtime to cheat students and their parents out of hard-earned savings. Fortunately, by learning about the most common scams targeting students before the school year starts, you can protect...