We are posting a warning to homeowners that scammers are sending mailings “offering” to sell them copies of their own property deeds. The deceptive solicitations would have the recipients believe that the government requires they immediately purchase certified copies of the legal documents (which is not true!). Often, the mailings state that homeowners must pay … Continue reading Scammers Demand Money for their Dirty Deeds!
Whether you call them cell phones, smart phones or mobile devices, it seems like everyone has one. According to the wireless telecommunications industry, the U.S. now has an estimated 300 million mobile subscribers, compared to 110 million subscribers a decade ago. The increase in cell phone use has generated concern about possible health risks related … Continue reading Cell Phone Radiation Scams
A Note: For those of you who don't know what a 'catfish' is, here's the definition. (No, it's not something you catch on a hook in water, lol) A Catfish is a person who sets up a false personal profile on a social networking site for fraudulent or deceptive purposes. You’ve heard of romance scams. … Continue reading More On Dating Scams So You Won’t Get ‘Catfished’
by Colleen TresslerDivision of Consumer and Business Education, FTC With every passing day, the news on COVID-19 vaccine distribution seems to change. One reason is that distribution varies by state and territory. And scammers, always at the ready, are taking advantage of the confusion. Besides a big dose of patience, here are some tips to … Continue reading Scammers Cash in on COVID-19 Vaccination Confusion
by Miles Plant, Attorney, FTC New health apps are popping up every day, promising to help you track your health conditions, count your calories, manage your medications, or predict your ovulation. These apps often ask for some of your most sensitive personal information, like your health history, medication list, or whether you have ever suffered a … Continue reading Does Your Health App Protect Your Sensitive Info?
by Cristina Miranda Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC This holiday season (and year-round), gift cards are on scammers’ wish lists. Scammers always have a reason for you to pay them immediately with a gift card. And they often tell you which card to buy and which store to visit. That’s why the FTC is … Continue reading New Tools to Fight Gift Card Scams
by Alvaro Puig, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC Scammers are calling people and using the names of two companies everyone knows, Apple and Amazon, to rip people off. Here’s what you need to know about these calls. In one version of the scam, you get a call and a recorded message that says it’s Amazon. The message … Continue reading FAKE Calls from Apple and Amazon Support: What You Need to Know
Credit for this article goes to: Bridget Small, Division of Consumer & Business Education When you talk with friends and family over the holidays, you may hear about new puppies, old sports rivalries, and dreams of the next vacation. As you join the conversation, why not share some ideas to protect the people you care about … Continue reading This Holiday Season, Help Friends and Family Avoid a Scam
by Carol Kando-PinedaAttorney, FTC, Division of Consumer & Business Education During the past four years, the FTC logged more than 378,000 reports from veterans — and nearly 161,000 were fraud-related. More than 24,000 of those reported a loss (with total losses of $205 million). Veterans had a median loss of $755, compared to active duty servicemembers … Continue reading Veterans and Imposter Scams
Scammers are always targeting the most popular websites to find new victims. It makes sense if you think about it, the more users a site has the more potential victims there are. Heavy traffic sites are constantly being targeted with the likes of phishing scams, and ransomware attacks. Now, Amazon customers are being hit with … Continue reading Watch Out! Watch Out! Watch Out! Clever Amazon Delivery Scam Spreading All Over the Country