by Michael Atleson Acting Assistant Director, Division of Consumer & Business Education A while back, we warned you about the “one ring” scam. That’s when you get a phone call from a number you don’t know, and the call stops after just one ring. The scammer is hoping you’ll call back, because it’s really an… Read more »
Some scams are easy to spot. It’s virtually impossible to win an all-expense-paid cruise in a contest you’ve never entered, and your chances of being the last remaining relative of a Nigerian prince are minimal at best. When we receive letters or emails promising wealth and fortune, most of us roll our eyes and laugh… Read more »
You’ve probably gotten one of these calls: They say it’s the IRS and they’re filing a lawsuit against you for back taxes. They may threaten to arrest or deport you. What do you do?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) and its Office of the Inspector General (OIG) launched a joint Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign addressing a nationwide telephone impersonation scheme.
Probably not. At least, not from the real SSA. But how many of you have gotten calls from someone who said they were the Social Security Administration? And maybe showed the real SSA phone number (1-800-772-1213) or a number close to it on your caller ID? Lots, right?
If you need tech help with your computer, where do you go? Most of us probably search online. But your online search can lead you straight to scammers who scare you into thinking your computer is in dire need of repair…and then sell you costly security software that you don’t need.
by Colleen Tressler Consumer Education Specialist, FTC Phishing is when someone uses fake emails or texts to get you to share valuable personal information – like account numbers, Social Security numbers, or your login IDs and passwords. Scammers use your information to steal your money, your identity, or both. They also use phishing emails to… Read more »
Just prior to Black Friday FDIC published the resource (See Link Below) to educate consumers heading into the holiday shopping season. Just an FYI to the extent you may be able to use all or part for member education since we Credit Unions get no such assistance from our regulator. Read More
by Jennifer Leach Acting Associate Director, Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC The FTC is getting reports about people pretending to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) who are trying to get your Social Security number and even your money. In one version of the scam, the caller says your Social Security number… Read more »