Fraud Alerts

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

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...

Disappearing money scam

Disappearing money scam

With Americans averaging more than $6K worth (and rising!) of credit card debt, it's no wonder scammers are taking advantage of this vulnerability. At Fraud.org, we have recently received several complaints from consumers who had their credit card balances paid off by a “new friend” or “business partner” only to see the credit vanish several days later. ...

Online sellers, don't be fooled by spoofed PayPal emails

Online sellers, don't be fooled by spoofed PayPal emails

Scammers posing as buyers of items for sale online have mastered the art of spoofing PayPal emails to instruct sellers to send their items and get away with them for free.

Typosquatters waiting to pounce on your errant keystrokes

Typosquatters waiting to pounce on your errant keystrokes

We all make typos, but if you are unlucky enough to make one while entering a web address into your browser, you could fall victim to the typosquatting scam.

Avoid last-minute tax scams

Avoid last-minute tax scams

Although the deadline for filing taxes - April 17 this year - is looming, more than half of Americans have yet to file. For many taxpayers, this simply means that they will get their refund a little later than usual. But for scammers, it means something much more sinister: opportunity. In the days...

Cell phone ‘port-out scam’ can threaten bank, other accounts

Cell phone ‘port-out scam’ can threaten bank, other accounts

If you’re like most Americans, your cell phone is probably one of the first things you look at in the morning and one of the last things you look at at night. Imagine then, waking up to find that your phone suddenly doesn’t work, and it’s just constantly in emergency mode. For a growing number of consumers, this...