Category Archives: Scams

Government imposter scams

July 30, 2018 by Carol Kando-Pineda Attorney, Division of Consumer and Business Education You get a text, call, or email from someone who says they’re with the government. They may claim to be a U.S. Marshal, saying you must pay … Continue reading

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When Buying a Home, Watch Out for This Scam

aarp.org Doug Shadel 2 minutes We get SOME scary calls. Take this one from Sally (not her real name), 56, who was finalizing a home purchase when she received an email from her escrow company instructing her where to wire … Continue reading

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Scammers create fake emergencies to get your money

July 3, 2018 by Carol Kando-Pineda Attorney, Division of Consumer and Business Education “I lost my wallet and ID. I’m stranded — please wire money.” “Your grandson is being held in jail. He needs bail money right away.” Scammers try … Continue reading

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Watch out for card skimming at the gas pump

August 7, 2018 by Colleen Tressler Consumer Education Specialist, FTC With the summer travel season in high gear, the FTC is warning drivers about skimming scams at the pump. Skimmers are illegal card readers attached to payment terminals. These card … Continue reading

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Asked to pay by gift card? Don’t.

May 31, 2018 by Jennifer Leach Assistant Director, Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC Has someone asked you to go get a gift card to pay for something? Lots of people have told us they’ve been asked to pay … Continue reading

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Charities Targeted for Pretending to Help Veterans

David Frank 5-6 minutes The letter was designed to tug at the heartstrings — and open the wallets — of anyone who admires veterans. “For thousands of disabled veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, giving an arm and a … Continue reading

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