Maybe your last relationship just didn’t work out or you’re just looking for a companion. There are many new online sites, apps, and advertisements providing opportunities to meet a new partner. Even older adults are taking to the Internet to find romance. But beware! These places are also channels where scammers target you – especially
Unwanted robocalls are the top complaint at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). As part of the FTC’s continuing work on addressing robocalls and violations of the “Do Not Call list”, they are providing this resource: Explore Data with the FTC – which highlights information and data that the Commission has collected. Use this information to learn about the
In this YouTube video, Los Angeles City Attorney, Mike Feuer, shares information about how seniors can avoid scams. He reviews current scams that are most common (including phone impersonators, fake computer repair calls, and identity theft) and gives suggestions to protect against them. Check it out and share it!
Student loan scams are on the rise! Have you seen an online ad, received a text or phone call or even an official-looking letter promising to lower your student loan payments or have the loan forgiven altogether? Not so fast! These are the work of student loan scammers. They might charge illegal upfront fees, or
Have you received one of these lately: someone or even a robo-caller contacting you and pretending to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA)? They say your Social Security number (SSN) has been suspended because of suspicious activity and may even claim to be from the SSA. The FTC’s latest Data Spotlight finds reports of
It’s never a dull moment with scammers targeting us, the consumers. It’s become part of a daily routine, receiving some type of phone call from someone trying to gain access to our personal information or to trick us out of our hard-earned monies. So BEWARE: there’s a new aggressive utility scam where the caller is
Check out this new video from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) with information about an email phishing scam aimed at home buyers. Don’t send your down payment and closing fee to a thief pretending to be a real person or business. Find out how to protect yourself and verify who you are communicating with
Home prices may be falling, but mortgage fraud is not. The Sacramento Bee reports that seven people were found guilty in a mortgage fraud scheme targeting the Latino community. When identifiable groups such as religious or ethnic communities, professionals, and the elderly are preyed upon – this is defined as affinity marketing or affinity fraud.
Every year, millions of Americans fall victim to financial fraud and scams. In 2018, over 1.4 million fraud reports were submitted to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) with claims of financial losses over $1.48 billion (yes, billion with a “b”). Although the median financial loss was $375, this is only based on reports that were
The Holiday season is here! Like millions of Americans, you are probably planning to buy many of your holiday gifts online. The internet has made shopping easy, affordable and convenient – without even having to leave your home (or pajamas). Unfortunately, this has caught the attention of cyber-criminals who are keen to exploit individuals benefiting