SCAM Alerts

Heard about the “waiting package” phishing scam?

Heard about the “waiting package” phishing scam? – By Ari Lazarus Consumer Education Specialist, FTC – 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 …

Driving for extra cash? Check your car insurance first.

Driving for extra cash? Check your car insurance first. by Jim Kreidler Consumer Education Specialist, FTC With more people seeking delivery services during the Coronavirus pandemic, many companies are looking for drivers to shuttle meals, medicine, groceries, and other items to people at …

Grandparent scams in the age of Coronavirus

2020 Apr 03 – By Lisa Weintraub Schifferle, Attorney, FTC, Division of Consumer & Business Education – “Grandma: I’m in the hospital, sick, please wire money right away.” “Grandpa: I’m stuck overseas, please send money.” Grandparent scams can take a new twist – …

FTC Sends Refund Checks to Tech Support Scam Victims

FTC Sends Refund Checks to Tech Support Scam Victims The Federal Trade Commission will begin sending refunds totaling more than $1.7 million to consumers who were victims of a tech support scam. The scam tricked consumers into buying tech support services by claiming …

Popular internet scams to watch out for in 2020

Protect yourself and your personal information at all times on the internet. By Andrew LaSane – Christin Hume on Unsplash.  The internet is filled with scammers looking to steal your private information. The Better Business Bureau has shared important information on the scams …

 

‘Tis the season for ‘open enrollment’ scams

November 13, 2019 By Gretchen Abraham, Division of Consumer & Business Education. – Winter is coming, which means open enrollment season is here. With 2020 just around the corner, now’s the time to add or change your health coverage through Medicare or the …

Those (not really) IRS calls

  Those (not really) IRS calls. by Lisa Weintraub Schifferle Attorney, FTC, Division of Consumer & Business Education. 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 …