Fraud Alerts

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

Utility shut-off scammers threaten to turn off the lights on consumers  during pandemic

Utility shut-off scammers threaten to turn off the lights on consumers during pandemic

As the world reels from the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to the threat to public health, the virus is also wreaking unprecedented economic havoc. Tens of millions of Americans

Lost your job? Be careful ID thieves don’t take your unemployment benefits, too!

Lost your job? Be careful ID thieves don’t take your unemployment benefits, too!

The latest reports are historically grim: nearly 40 million Americans have been thrown out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fueled by COVID-19, pet adoption scams on the rise 

Fueled by COVID-19, pet adoption scams on the rise 

You may have heard heartwarming stories about how all the animals in community pet shelters have been adopted out during the pandemic by people choosing this time to adopt a furry friend.

Beware the coming coronavirus scam tsunami

Beware the coming coronavirus scam tsunami

When news captures the public’s attention – think major hurricanes, terrorist attacks, and economic slowdowns – scammers come out of the woodwork to take advantage of legitimate fears and concerns. With coronavirus dominating the news globally, there is an unprecedented opportunity for criminals to use the public’s fears about the virus and the resulting economic downturn to defraud consumers.

Spot the top ten scams plaguing Americans

Spot the top ten scams plaguing Americans

It’s National Consumer Protection Week, and there’s never been a better time to brush up on your scam IQ

Perusing dating sites? Beware the latest twist on romance scams: The Sugar Daddy set-up

Perusing dating sites? Beware the latest twist on romance scams: The Sugar Daddy set-up

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, love is in the air at dating websites of all sorts. But there’s a new twist on romance scams that is preying on profile holders at “sugar daddy” dating websites, which have grown in popularity in recent years. In 2019, the number of complaints from consumers about this type of scam exploded at Fraud.org, growing...

Looking to save on prescription costs? Don't be a target for counterfeit drug sales

Looking to save on prescription costs? Don't be a target for counterfeit drug sales

America’s healthcare costs are skyrocketing, and many Americans look for ways to save, including turning to online pharmacies for cheaper prescription drugs. While there are legitimate online pharmacies, many are fraudulent. At best, they’ll take your money and fail to deliver the promised prescription. At worst, they could send you a drug that is counterfeit that may worsen your condition or even be...

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 –...