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Most Recent Scam Alerts

May 7, 2019
Blog Post
A while back, we warned you about the “one ring” scam. That’s when you get a phone call from a number you don’t know, and the call stops after just one ring. The scammer is hoping you’ll call back, because it’s really an international toll number and will appear as a charge on your phone bill — with most of the money going to the scammer. Well, the scam is back with a vengeance, and the FCC just issued a new advisory about it. Read the FCC’s advisory for more detail, but the advice from both agencies remains the same if you get one of these calls:
May 6, 2019
Blog Post
Crowdfunding is one way to support a project you believe in and get rewards for that support. But the project you’re backing is only as good as the people behind it. Some dishonest people can take your money but produce nothing – no product, no project, and no reward.
May 3, 2019
Article
Scammers use email or text messages to trick you into giving them your personal information. But there are several things you can do to protect yourself.
April 12, 2019
Blog Post
Have you gotten calls about supposed problems with your Social Security number from callers pretending they’re with the Social Security Administration (SSA)? If so, you’re not alone. Our latest Data Spotlight finds that reports about SSA imposters are surging, while reports about IRS imposters have taken a dive.
April 5, 2019
Video
Learn about directory listing scams and what you can do to protect your business from this scam.
April 5, 2019
Video
Learn how fake check scams work and how your small business can avoid them. 
April 5, 2019
Video
Learn how to avoid business coaching scams that target your small business.
April 5, 2019
Video
Learn how office supplies scams happen and how your small business can avoid them. 
March 29, 2019
Blog Post
Not another robocall! We’ve all felt that way. Wondering what to do about robocalls? Check out this new video:
March 28, 2019
Blog Post
Last year, the FTC and state charity regulators joined in Operation Donate with Honor to stop sham veterans charities from lying to donors. Today the FTC is announcing that it shut down two more operations that collected donations with false promises of helping veterans and military service members.
March 22, 2019
Blog Post
You’ve probably gotten one of these calls: They say it’s the IRS and they’re filing a lawsuit against you for back taxes. They may threaten to arrest or deport you. What do you do? Watch this video to learn more:
March 15, 2019
Blog Post
Still getting calls from people claiming to be from Medicare, asking for money or personal information? Watch this video about how you can protect yourself from Medicare scams:
March 14, 2019
Video
Learn how to spot scams against your small business. And talk to your colleagues about it, too. Scammers target small businesses with fake check scams, utility scams, and other scams, but knowing how these scams work can help you avoid them—and protect your business. Learn more at www.ftc.gov/smallbusiness.
March 12, 2019
Article
This infographic explains how tech support scammers contact you and what you can do to avoid a tech support scam.
March 7, 2019
Blog Post
If you need tech help with your computer, where do you go? Most of us probably search online. But your online search can lead you straight to scammers who scare you into thinking your computer is in dire need of repair…and then sell you costly security software that you don’t need.
March 7, 2019
Blog Post
We read you loud and clear! Last year, the FTC got nearly 143,000 reports about tech support scams. We’ve been warning people about this type of scam for years. But one piece of information in the FTC’s newest Consumer Protection Data Spotlight was an eye-opener. People 60 and over were about five times more likely than younger people to tell us they lost money on this scam, even though they were less likely than younger people to say they lost money to many other types of scams.
March 6, 2019
Blog Post
Probably not. At least, not from the real SSA. But how many of you have gotten calls from someone who said they were the Social Security Administration? And maybe showed the real SSA phone number (1-800-772-1213) or a number close to it on your caller ID? Lots, right?
March 6, 2019
Video
The first-person story about a retired business consultant’s tech support scam experience, what he did about it.

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