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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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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
by Ari Lazarus, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

 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
by Amy Hebert, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

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.


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