New frauds and scams seem to crop up weekly. Identity theft and other scams
rob millions of Americans of their hard-earned money. Last year alone,
Americans lost $18 billion dollars to fraud and scams. In fact, every two
seconds, a con artist steals someone’s identity.
What tricks do con artists use to steal your money? How can you
outsmart scammers before they strike? Beat the con artists at their game.
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So, here are some more frauds and scams which may be coming to you!
Social Security Scams
Acting Inspector General of Social Security –
Gale Stallworth Stone –
is warning citizens about phone call scams in which impersonators are
copying SSA’s 1-800 number so it appears as a legitimate call on a caller-ID screen.
These scammers identify themselves as SSA employees, request a
person’s Social Security number, and threaten to terminate the person’s benefits.
If you receive a call like this, do NOT provide any personal information.
Instead report this scheme by calling 1 800 269 0271 or by visiting
W-2 and Tax Scams
As the tax season approaches, individuals – and small businesses –
need to be cautious of identity theft. Thieves use stolen Employer
Identification numbers to create fake W-2 forms to file with
fraudulent individual tax returns.
Fraudsters also use these to open new lines of credit or obtain
credit cards. Now, they are using company names to file
fraudulent returns. Employers are warned to look out for emails
asking for sensitive W-2 information.
If you believe you have been targeted by a tax scammer, you can
Advance Fee Scams
New college students are receiving admission letters and
scholarships this time of year. Among the letters from universities,
many students may also receive offers for alleged student loans,
scholarships, financial aid, and job offers.
Some will charge a fee for things you could do yourself – like filling
out college applications, writing college essays, filling out the FAFSA
financial aid form, or completing job applications. Whether they
end up providing the service once you’ve paid is questionable.
If you hear any promotion of “just give us money and we’ll do
the rest,” know that this is likely a scam. While some of the
forms and applications can be difficult to complete, it is best
to protect your personal information and fill them out yourself,
or with someone representing a reputable company.
Telephone scammers try to trick you out of your money or personal
information by using a variety of tactics. They might offer or
promise money, fake products or trips. Or threaten arrest if you
don’t pay them.
The best way to protect yourself is to hang up on these callers and
ignore their messages.
You can also register for the national Do Not Call Registry –
1 888 382 1222 or www.donotcall.gov – and check with your telephone
company about additional call blocking options.
Amazon Online Shopping Scams
Like many online stores, the potential for fraud on popular shopping
sites such as Amazon does exist. While Amazon and other online
sites may be trustworthy, buyers should still be wary of online
In a recent statement, Amazon addressed an issue with a phishing
email that asks for personal information or account information …..
including credit card details. The links provided in the email leads
unsuspecting shoppers to a phony Amazon page that looks legitimate.
Amazon has urged buyers to log in directly to amazon.com if they
receive emails about their personal emails as Amazon states it
will never email you about these account matters.
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