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Fraud and ID Theft Awareness

 Fighting Back Against Identity Theft

 

Fraud Alerts

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.

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The 4 most common mortgage and real estate scams
and how to avoid them

Criminals are getting more creative in how they target consumers trying to buy or rent a home or considering refinancing. Getting scammed can lead to major financial headaches for unsuspecting victims.  In 2017 alone, 9,645 victims reported real estate fraud, resulting in losses of more than $56.2 million, according to data from the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.  Here are four common real estate and mortgage scams — and tips to avoid becoming a victim.

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Top 10 List of Scams of 2019

There are many ways to measure the largest scams, but most measure them by the number of people affected and the total dollars scammed.  This list focuses on the scams that you could avoid, those reported to the CFR, FTC, Fraud.org and BBB (Better Business Bureau).

  • Debt Collection: Most of the complaints under this category involve debt collectors.  Consumers tell of receiving calls from harassing collectors who are threatening and will repeatedly call attempting to collect a debt.  Other complaints that fall under this category involve credit/debit card fees, credit repair companies and unauthorized use of credit/debit cards.  Some of these complaints involve hidden fees and billing disputes as well.
  •  Fake Government Officials: If you received an email, letter or phone call from a government agency (typically the IRS or FBI) and it instructs you to wire, Western Union or MoneyGram money someplace, or follow a link and enter information – don’t believe it!  The US Government would never instruct anyone to use those methods to pay any bill or carry out a financial transaction, particularly with an overseas bank or agency.

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Stay a step ahead with the latest info and practical tips from the Federal Trade Commission.

 

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