Watch out for fake shipping notices from UPS or FedEx

December 10, 2020

Fraudsters are sending emails and text messages 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 is no package. […]

Card Cracking Defined

December 10, 2020

The scam is called card cracking* and it may start off innocently enough. You see a post on a social media site announcing a contest. Or maybe a webpage that claims to have a celebrity affiliation is offering a gift card giveaway. The variations are endless, but here’s the tip-off that fraud is afoot. At […]

Vaccines are coming. Here’s how to avoid the coming scams.

December 8, 2020

While we wait for a vaccine timeline and more information, there’s no doubt scammers will be scheming. Here’s what you need to know to avoid a vaccine-related scam*: You likely will not need to pay anything out of pocket to get the vaccine during this public health emergency. You can’t pay to put your name […]

College Students – Beware of a Fake Check Scam

December 2, 2020

The FTC has warned college students about a scam involving scammers posing as fake professors. They send you an email using a college domain name and offers the student a part-time job. The scammer then sends the student a check, asks them to deposit it at a financial institution, send the money to someone else […]

IRS and Security Summit partners warn taxpayers of new COVID-related text scam

November 19, 2020

The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry today warned of a new text scam created by thieves that trick people into disclosing bank account information under the guise of receiving the $1,200 Economic Impact Payment. The IRS, states and industry, working together as the Security Summit, remind taxpayers that neither the […]

Receive a call saying you overpaid your utility bill? That’s probably a scam!

November 17, 2020

If you get a robocall saying you paid too much on a utility bill, then it could be a scam. They’ll usually say you’ll get a cash refund, but utility companies typically don’t give cash refunds. That’s your first sign it’s fraud.   GET THE DETAILS FROM THE FTC

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