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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

June 17, 2021
Blog Post
Family emergency scams try to scare people into sending money to help a loved one in trouble. The fraud can play out in many ways, but the hustle is the same: the caller lies, tries to scare you, and rushes you to pay so you don’t have time to think twice or check things out before you send money. And once you do that, you’ll never get it back.
June 15, 2021
Blog Post
The weather is getting warmer, and you might be itching to travel again. The mountains, the beach, and the trails are calling you — and everyone else. At least that’s what it feels like when you start looking into renting a car. With rental car availability at an all-time low, prices are sky high. So, if you suddenly find an available car at a cheap price, you might be dealing with scammers looking to cash in on the rental car shortage.
June 14, 2021
Blog Post
Summer is right around the corner. With things reopening, kids getting out of school, and days lasting longer, this summer promises, we hope, some much-needed relaxation, adventure, and a chance to reconnect with family and friends. Today, we’re kicking off our summer safety series to share some thoughts on ways to make your summer season as enjoyable and safe as possible.
June 11, 2021
Blog Post
Scammers often disguise themselves as people working for the government and might pretend to offer help. But, really, they’re after your money or personal information. For Pride Month, the FTC wants the LGBTQ+ community to know about government imposter scams and how to avoid them.
June 10, 2021
Blog Post
If you’re looking for a job, there are lots of things to think about, from wages and commute time to benefits and employee resources. And, if you identify as LGBTQ+, you might also look for whether a workplace is LGBTQ+ friendly. To make your job search safe and successful, learn how to spot and avoid job scams.
June 2, 2021
Blog Post
As part of the American Rescue Plan Act, eligible families will get monthly payments from the government from July 15 through December 2021. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will send these monthly payments directly to people through direct deposit, paper checks, or debit cards. Unlike economic impact payments, these payments are an advance on families’ child tax credit. People who are eligible will get up to half of their child tax credit in these monthly payments and the other half when they file their 2021 taxes.
June 1, 2021
Blog Post
If you used MoneyGram to send money to a scammer between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2017, you may be eligible to file a claim for a refund.
June 1, 2021
Article
Right now, there are no plans to create a national COVID-19 vaccine verification app, certificate or passport.
May 28, 2021
Blog Post
More than a year into the pandemic, and months after the first rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, people are eager to get back to their regular activities. But some activities might require you to show that you’ve been vaccinated or had a recent negative COVID-19 test. How you do that may depend on the activity and where you live. The patchwork approach gives scammers an opportunity to cash in on the confusion. Here are a few ways to help stay ahead of the scammers.
May 27, 2021
Article
Scammers promise to make changes to your mortgage loan or take other steps to save your home, but they don’t deliver. Never pay a company upfront for promises to help you get relief on paying your mortgage.
May 27, 2021
Article
Looking to get your college degree? Here’s how to tell the difference between legit schools and a diploma mill. 
May 27, 2021
Article
Thinking about getting your high school diploma? Here’s how to tell the difference between legit programs and diploma scams.
May 25, 2021
Article
Need money for school? Here's how to spot scholarship and financial aid scams.
May 21, 2021
Article
If you’re thinking about buying a timeshare or joining a vacation club, make sure you know exactly what you’re getting into to.
May 19, 2021
Blog Post
Have you gotten a recorded phone message from “Susie” with the “Vehicle Service Department” calling about your vehicle warranty? That’s, like, so retro. But fanny packs, scrunchies, and tie dye are back — and so are vehicle warranty robocalls.
May 18, 2021
Article
Some multi-level marketing businesses are illegal pyramid schemes. Before joining an MLM program, here are some things to know.
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.

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