SCAMS…You may not think it could happen to you… but it could. Scams are now more sophisticated and harder to detect, and fraudsters come up with new ways to trick you every day.
The best thing you can do is be informed. And if you have a funny feeling about a phone call, an email, a check, a request from someone you’ve been in contact with – even if it’s just an inkling – look into it first. Scammers will take advantage of every situation, and they are very good at what they do, so please be on the lookout for warning signs.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) are excellent resources for you. Visit these websites to learn about all types of scams:
- FTC: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/scam-alerts (Search by keyword)
- CFPB: https://www.consumerfinance.gov/consumer-tools/fraud/
Learn more about these popular scams:
- Money Mule – https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2020/03/whats-money-mule-scam
- Online Dating – https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2020/02/its-not-true-love-if-they-ask-money
- IRS/Government Imposter – https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0037-imposter-scams
- Fake Checks – https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2020/02/ftc-bottom-line-fake-checks-scams
Top scams happening now are related to: COVID-19, government checks, tax returns, and the Census. Find specific information about these scams below:
- Coronavirus scams(FTC)
- Coronavirus scams (CFPB)
- Government check scam warning
- Other scams to watch out for(FTC)
Be prepared. Stay informed. DO NOT fall for these scams!
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