Scammers look to capitalize on the news of the moment, especially if the headlines can instill fear and motivate people to act. The ongoing outbreak of the coronavirus is no exception. While scientists and medical professionals are working overtime to find ways to test for and stem the spread of the virus, the Federal Trade Commission warns that bad actors are working hard to use this as an opportunity to deceive consumers and steal their money or sensitive information.
The Internal Revenue Service encourages taxpayers to be on the lookout for IRS impersonation calls, texts and email phishing attempts about the coronavirus or COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments. These scams can lead to tax-related fraud and identity theft.
As the world is rallying to combat the spread of COVID-19, people are looking for ways to protect themselves. But lurking in the shadows are scammers seeking to take advantage of this situation.
Learn to identify scams and avoid becoming a con artist’s victim by participating in AARP Oklahoma’s fraud prevention telephone town hall on Thursday, March 12, at 10 a.m.
Proposed legislation to fight identity theft and romance scams would require companies to disclose data breaches to its consumers in a more timely fashion.
Consumer fraud schemes escalate each year during the holidays, and a new research report, “Seasons Cheatings,” from the AARP Fraud Watch Network finds that a significant number of consumers are at risk of becoming victimized by common seasonal scams.
The holiday season is here, and that presents plenty of opportunities for scammers to spoil Alabamians’ celebrations. A few scams are specific to the holidays, but most are variations on everyday frauds, ramped up to match seasonal spikes in spending and web traffic.
The winter holiday season may be the most wonderful time of the year, but don’t let the festivities distract you from con artists, fraudsters and holiday scams.
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