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Avoiding and Reporting Scams

How To Avoid a Scam

Recognizing these common signs of a scam could help you avoid falling for one.

What To Do If You Were Scammed

Find out steps you can take if you were scammed.

Report Fraud, Scams, and Bad Business Practices

Your complaint could help the FTC stop the scammers.

 
 

Common Scams

Social Security Scams

Scammers pretend to be from Social Security Administration and try to get your social security number or money.

Phone Scams

These tips can help you hang up on a phone scammer and hold onto your money.

Phishing Scams

Scammers use email or text messages to trick you into giving them your personal information.

Unemployment Benefits Scams

Imposters are filing claims for unemployment benefits.

 

Most Recent Scam Alerts

May 13, 2021
Blog Post
During this past year, the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout have reminded us how important it is to help each other through difficult times. In May, as we celebrate Older Americans Month, remember that one of the best ways to help your friends and family is to pass on what you know about how to spot and avoid Coronavirus-related scams. 
May 12, 2021
Blog Post
Unwanted calls are annoying. They can feel like a constant interruption — and many are from scammers. Unfortunately, technology makes it easy for scammers to make millions of calls a day. So this week, as part of Older Americans Month, we’re talking about how to block unwanted calls — for yourself, and for your friends and family.
May 11, 2021
Blog Post
t’s never too late to find love, and lots of dating sites and apps are there to help. But scammers are out to steal your heart, too…and then steal your money.
May 11, 2021
Article
If you’ve been scammed, someone might promise to help you get your money back –– if you pay in advance. That’s another scam.
May 10, 2021
Article
Some companies promise you a low-interest loan or credit card, but want a fee first. They’re scams. Learn the warning signs.
May 7, 2021
Article
Tips to help you choose a contractor, pay wisely, and handle problems along the way.
May 7, 2021
Article
Use caution when dealing with companies that promise to negotiate lower payments for your car loan if you pay them an advance fee.
May 6, 2021
Article
Offers of free money from government grants are scams. Here’s how to avoid a government grant scam, and how to report it.
May 5, 2021
Article
Scammers pretend to be you gas, electric or water company to get you to pay them money. Learn to spot the scam.
May 5, 2021
Article
Scammers say that you won a prize, the lottery, or a sweepstake to steal your money and personal information.
May 5, 2021
Article
Dishonest advertisers make bogus claims about their weight loss products. Learn to spot and avoid bogus health claims.
May 5, 2021
Article
Scammers pretend to be from the Social Security Administration and the IRS. Or say they work for Medicare. Spot and avoid the scam.
May 5, 2021
Article
If someone insists that you to pay them with gift cards, stop. You’re dealing with a scammer.
May 5, 2021
Article
Avoid donating to a scammer when you give online through crowdfunding sites, social media platforms, and fundraising platforms.
May 5, 2021
Article
Make sure your donations to help members of the police, firefighters, military personnel, and their families are not going to a scammer.
May 5, 2021
Article
Steps you can take before donating to make sure you’re not giving money to a fake charity or a scammer.
May 5, 2021
Article
Protect yourself from fake emergencies scammers make up to get your money.
May 4, 2021
Article
Learn where to go for legitimate immigration help and avoid dealing with a scammer.

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