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Common Scams A - F
Affordable Care Act
Scammers love the Affordable Care Act ('Obamacare'), using it as a way to fool Americans into sharing their personal information.
Arrest Warrant Scam
Scammers create a fake caller ID, which allows them to call you and appear to be calling from a local police, sheriff, or other law enforcement agency.
Check & Money Order Scams
The underlying premise to these scams is based on the victim receiving a counterfeit check or money order, depositing the item in their own bank account, and forwarding a portion of the funds through a wire transfer service (Moneygram or Western Union) to the scammer.
Check fraud is a criminal act that involves the unlawful use of checks to illegally acquire or borrow funds that do not exist within the account balance or account holder's legal ownership.
Credit & Debit Card Fraud
Credit or debit card fraud happens when one person steals another person's credit card and makes charges under that person's name.
Do Not Call
The National Do Not Call Registry (U.S.) or the National Do Not Call List (Canada) offer consumers a free way to reduce telemarketing calls.
eBay / Auction Reseller Scam
Scammers posing as buyers convince sellers into shipping goods prior to receiving payment.
Broadly defined, financial elder abuse is when someone illegally or improperly uses a vulnerable senior's money or other property for personal gain. Senior citizens are targets for specific types of fraud scams and schemes.
Facebook Fake Friend
Did you ever get a friend request on Facebook from someone you already thought was your friend? If you hit accept, you may have just friended a scammer.
Investments in foreign currency can sound like a great idea, and scammers frequently use real current events and news stories to make their pitches even more appealing.
A crime designed to financially exploit a victim under the guise of providing assistance.