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Don't fall for fake check scams

If someone you don’t know wants to pay you by check but wants you to wire some of the money back, beware! It’s a scam that could cost you thousands of dollars.


Beware fraudulent work-at-home offers

The advertisement says you can make lots of money working from the comfort of your home. But if this were true, wouldn’t we all be doing it? There are legitimate home-based businesses out there, but also numerous scams – enough to make you think twice about “working from home” offers.


Spot foreclosure rescue scams

If you’re at risk of losing your home, check out anyone offering to help because they might really be offering new problems.


Going once, going twice ... scammed!

For more than a decade, online auctions have been one of the top-reported frauds to NCL’s Fraud Center. Both buyers and sellers can benefit from online auctions; many people make their living selling items online, and millions of consumers have had positive experiences making purchases. But there are many risks as well, and both buyers and sellers can take steps to avoid becoming a Fraud Center statistic.


Phishing scams: Don't take the bait!

“Phishing” is when identity thieves try to trick you into providing your personal information by pretending to be someone they’re not. A phishing scam involves sending spam or pop-up messages to lure credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, passwords, or other sensitive information from Internet users.


Think you've been a victim of ID theft?

It’s frightening to lose your wallet or discover that someone has used information about you for a fraudulent purpose. Don’t panic — help is available. You will need to remain calm, cool, and collected as you go through the process of resolving the problem.


Protect your identity

How would you feel if you were stopped for a traffic violation and suddenly found yourself being handcuffed and taken to jail for a crime you never committed? Or if you got a nasty call from a collection agency for a car loan you never had? Or if your application for a home mortgage was turned down because of information in your credit report about overdue bills on accounts you never opened?


Tread carefully with money transfer services

Money transfer services make it easy to wire cash quickly and conveniently to friends and relatives — but crooks may take advantage of these services to get money from their victims!


Pyramid schemes posing as business opportunities

The pitch is that you’ll make money by joining the program and recruiting others. The reality is that in pyramid schemes, you and your friends will lose money, not make it.


No free lunches: Avoid investment seminar scams

Free seminars are a popular way to promote investment and insurance products. After the meal, the so-called "experts" urge folks to trade in their current investments for the product being pitched. Testimonials are glowing; the charts and handouts are impressive. But don't fall for the pitch!


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