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Consumer Alert: Holiday Scams and Malware Campaigns

Consumer Alert: Holiday Scams and Malware Campaigns

'Tis the season for family, faith, tradition...and,unfortunately, scammers. Make sure you are protecting you and your family during this holiday season. Be sure to browse and shop online only on trusted websites. Emails and e-cards from unknown senders may contain...

Scam Alert: Publisher’s Clearing House Phone Calls

Scam Alert: Publisher’s Clearing House Phone Calls

Scammers try to reach the public through all types of media, but nothing is more enticing than someone telling you that you have won money. In the latest alert from the Federal Trade Commission, they warn consumers that scammers have been calling and posing as the...

Consumer Alert: Romance Scams

Consumer Alert: Romance Scams

The accessibility of internet can bring people together, but it is also important to be cautious towards who you connect with online. In time for Valentine's Day, the FBI issued a warning on Romance Scammers: criminals that use publicly accessible personal information...

Consumer and Business Alert: W-2 Phishing Scams

Consumer and Business Alert: W-2 Phishing Scams

Tax season is upon us, and with it comes new scams affecting both business owners and employees. Read more about the W-2 phishing scams below. Dangerous W-2 Phishing Scam Evolving; Targeting Schools, Restaurants, Hospitals, Tribal Groups and Others IRS: Scam Blends...

Consumer Alert: Bill Payment Scam

Consumer Alert: Bill Payment Scam

The FTC alerts consumers of an alarming new trend: scammers posing as a government agency that pays monthly bills in exchange for an upfront payment. These scammers particularly target African American church communities. There is no government program that requests a...

Consumer Alert: Employment Scams Target College Students

Consumer Alert: Employment Scams Target College Students

Starting off your career path is a stressful time for everyone, even without having to deal with the potential scams that flood the entry level job market. Scammers have been known to target college students specifically by posting on college job listing websites or...

Customer Alert: Yahoo customer service scam

Customer Alert: Yahoo customer service scam

January 3, 2017 by Andrew Johnson Consumer Education Specialist, FTC Need to contact Yahoo customer care? There are a few ways to do so — but, Yahoo warns that phone is not an option. That’s right: any phone number you come across in an internet search, claiming to...