Fraud of the Month

Hot Summer Time Concert Tickets

April, 2016

Hot Summer Time Concert Tickets - Special Buys on Craig's List (from Scalpers) 

Summer is by far the most popular time of year for concerts, and there's nothing worse than getting to the show only to find out your ticket is a fake. As scammers become more technologically advanced, it’s getting harder to tell if you have the real thing, or a very expensive phony.

Fake Checks and How They Can Cost You

February, 2016

Fake checks are being used in a growing number of clever frauds and schemes. Watch for lottery scams, Internet auction scams, and check overpayment scams.

Scholarship Guaranteed, or Your Money Back!

January, 2016

Scammers are targeting students who are making decisions on loans for college. Beware, there are many over-priced financial aid schemes. While there are many legitimate companies that offer scholarship searches, choosing a reputable company is critical in order to separate the scammers from the legitimate ones. 

Phishing Season Goes Year-Round

November, 2015

A phishing scam is an e­mail or website fraud method in which the perpetrator sends out email in an attempt to gather personal and financial information from recipients. Typically, the messages appear to come from well­known and trustworthy websites. 

The Clean Credit Scam

March, 2015

Credit-Repair firms promise to clean up your credit history by issuing you a “credit-privacy number” (CPN) to replace your social security number that will give you a “clean” history that you can use when applying for credit. Beware, such phony CPN’s are always a scam that can lead to worse problems.  

Check Your Credit Card Monthly Statements Very Carefully

November, 2014

Fraudsters are very clever and have ways of masking their activities on your credit card statement.

Always check your monthly credit card statements very carefully for strange charges you do not recognize, and call the 800 number on the back of the card to challenge any charge you dispute.

Robo Phishing Texts

October, 2014

There is new twist at a phishing attempt, using a text message.

Fraudsters are now sending phishing text messages pretending to be your bank threatening to close your account if you don't respond with your personal information.

Computer Crash Phone Scam

August, 2014

Be wary of your computer warning you of a forthcoming crash. A black screen followed by a phone call is probably a faudster! Fraudsters can create a virus that crashes your computer. They will then call claiming to be the computer manufacturer who can fix your virus, you just need to give them your credit card info over the phone.

Phones & Plans

July, 2014

The enticement of a free or heavily discounted phone usually attracts the uninformed and sucks the consumer into a costly two year contract which bears a heavy penalty to terminate. Many young adults never consider the consequences of monthly contractual debt that often exceeds $100 per month, with additional penalties for overuse or late charges.

You've Got Mail...from the Post Office

June, 2014

The U.S. Postal Service will never send its customers an email. If you fall victim to receiving an email notification from them, do not click on the link or open the attachment! The link and/or file contain malware that will be instantly downloaded onto your computer, providing the hacker direct access to all of the information stored on your computer.

One Ring Cell Phone Scams

May, 2014

A scammer’s auto dialer will call a number and let it ring once and then hang up. This is just enough time for your cell phone to pop up a missed call message. The hope of the scammer is that the unaware victim will call back the number on the missed call.

When you call back, the operator will tell you to wait to be connected to the correct person, meanwhile, you are being billed to be on this international fraudulent call. 

Robocall Mania

March, 2014

robocall is an automated cold call from a company or scam artist that attempts to sell you a product or service and obtain your credit card information. Many scammers use very realistic autodialers making it difficult to tell whether or not the robocall is an automated system.