Crooks use clever schemes to defraud millions of people every year. They often combine sophisticated technology with age-old tricks to get people to send money or give out personal information. They add new twists to old schemes and pressure people to make important decisions on the spot. One thing that never changes: they follow the headlines — and the money.
FTC: Anatomy of a fake check scam FTC Infographic
September 5, 2018
by Colleen Tressler, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC
Fake checks drive many types of scams – like those involving phony prize wins, fake jobs, mystery shoppers, online classified ad sales, and others. In a fake check scam, a person you don’t know asks you to deposit a check – sometimes for several thousand dollars and usually for more than what you are owed Read more
FTC: Back to school? Time to talk online safety
August 16, 2018
You probably have a list of things to get done before your kids get back to school. It may include getting school supplies, figuring out carpools, and scheduling afterschool programs.
There’s one more thing we hope you can squeeze into your list – talking to your kids about being safe online. Read more
FTC: Warn your friends about tech support scams
July 27, 2018
Tech support scams, which get people to pay for fake computer help or steal their personal information, are convincing. You might already know the signs of a tech support scam, but do your friends and family? Here’s what they need to know Read more
FTC: Stopping Small Business Scams
June 18, 2018
Scams and Your Small Business
If you own a small business or are part of a non-profit organization, you spend a lot of time and effort making sure the organization works well. But when scammers go after your organization, it can hurt your reputation and your bottom line. Your best protection? Learn the signs of scams that target businesses. Then tell your employees and colleagues what to look for so they can avoid scams. Read more
Stay a step ahead with the latest info and practical tips from the Federal Trade Commission.