SHOCKING!!! Scammers Target Loved Ones of COVID-19 Victims Who Died

by Seena GressinAttorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC Government imposters may have hit a new low with a scheme that targets the grieving survivors of people who died of COVID-19 by offering them help paying for their loved one’s funeral expenses. A real government relief program will pay up to $9,000 for funeral … Continue reading SHOCKING!!! Scammers Target Loved Ones of COVID-19 Victims Who Died

How to Easily Spot and Avoid Apple ID Phishing Scams. A complete overview of phishing attacks targeting Apple users

You may be familiar with the concept of “phishing”, an increasingly complex form of cyber-attack. The tactics used involve sharing disguised links, usually included in emails, to trick you into providing sensitive information to malicious individuals. Phishing is one of the most common types of online attacks and embodies social engineering tactics. And what’s even … Continue reading How to Easily Spot and Avoid Apple ID Phishing Scams. A complete overview of phishing attacks targeting Apple users

Wrapping Up 2020 with More Car Wrap Scams

by Ari Lazarus, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC We just heard from more companies that scammers are using their names to trick people into a car wrap scam. This time, scammers are saying they’re Marlboro or Purell (but they’re not really). The gist of the scam is this: scammers send emails and post to social media and … Continue reading Wrapping Up 2020 with More Car Wrap Scams

Frosty the Con Man: Avoiding Family Emergency Scams

by Carol Kando-Pineda, Attorney, FTC, Division of Consumer & Business Education “Hello? It’s me — Frosty. Look it’s a long story but without my top hat, I’m melting. Please, I need your help — send money now or I’ll be nothing but a puddle!” OK, so that’s a silly example and real imposters aren’t funny. But, … Continue reading Frosty the Con Man: Avoiding Family Emergency Scams

Spot Bogus Shipping Messages from UPS or FedEx

You very well may get an email or text message that’s supposedly from UPS or FedEx, complete with one of their logos — and it seems legit. It says your item is ready to ship but you need to update your shipping preferences. But here’s the lump of coal: the message is bogus and there … Continue reading Spot Bogus Shipping Messages from UPS or FedEx

CAUTION: Giving Wisely During COVID Times

by Rosario Méndez, Attorney, Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC Thanks to COVID-19, many charitable organizations are faced with greater demand for their services, but less in donations as people have less to give. Now, more than ever, it’s important to make sure that your donation will be used wisely and well. Tomorrow is Giving … Continue reading CAUTION: Giving Wisely During COVID Times

Fake and Abusive Debt Collectors

Have you ever gotten a call about a debt you don’t recognize? Or have you had a collector harass, threaten, or lie to you? If you owe a debt — or if you don’t owe the debt a collector is asking about — you have rights when it comes to debt collectors. Here’s what you … Continue reading Fake and Abusive Debt Collectors

Have You Heard About the “Waiting Package” Phishing Scam? If Not, Read This.

Phishing scams can be hard to spot. For example, we’ve been hearing about one where people get a text message saying that there’s a package waiting for them, and asking them to click a link to learn more. Sounds innocent enough, right? Unfortunately not. The messages are coming from scammers. In some cases, they’re targeted … Continue reading Have You Heard About the “Waiting Package” Phishing Scam? If Not, Read This.

Non-Filers: Expect a Letter About your Stimulus Check

If you don’t usually file a tax return, or didn’t file a return for 2018 or 2019, you might not know you could qualify for an economic impact payment. You might be one of the nine million people getting a letter from the IRS letting you know how to register on their website to claim … Continue reading Non-Filers: Expect a Letter About your Stimulus Check

Hang up on Fake “Refund Calls”

In 2019, the FTC reached a settlement with Elite IT and its owner, who tricked people into buying expensive computer repair services. The company shut down, and its owner is permanently banned from selling tech support services to consumers. But recently, scammers posing as Elite IT agents have been making calls. They say they’re giving … Continue reading Hang up on Fake “Refund Calls”