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Don’t expect emails from the IRS

The IRS is the only source of official guidance on tax refunds and stimulus payments. The agency doesn’t directly email individuals and will instead reach out only via mail. For all other information, the IRS website is your best bet, as it includes lots of FAQs and some online tools for helping you calculate tax […]

Beware of social engineering attacks

After a hurricane or other natural disaster gets a lot of media attention, scammers will pose as charities via emails and phone calls, claiming that they’re collecting donations to aid the victims. This is an example of social engineering. Protect yourself from this kind of fraud by researching the source and confirming their legitimacy before […]

What is a debt collector scam?

A Debt Collection scams occur when criminals attempt to collect on a fraudulent debt. Signs the “debt collector” may be a scammer are requests to be paid by wire transfers or credit cards. Recently there has been a spike in requests for gift cards and re-loadable cards as well.

4 common imposter scams to watch out for

Impersonation is a popular tactic among cybercriminals today. By putting enough space between them and their victims, the internet makes it easy for scammers to pose as government agents, representatives of well-known organizations, and even loved ones via emails, direct messages, phone calls, etc. Once they have your trust, these fraudsters will try to coerce […]

Beware of internet job scams

As you’re looking for a job online, be aware of scammers on sites like Craigslist and Indeed. Many attractive “job opportunities” will require you to send money to the source in order to start working. If you come across a work opportunity online that seems too good to be true, it probably is. Watch out […]

Top Internet Scams

The internet is a breeding ground for scammers, fraudsters, and con artists. In 2018 alone, over $1 billion was taken from unsuspecting individuals online and put into the pockets of scammers, according to the Federal Trade Commission. This is a huge industry that continues to grow with newer, more advanced scams each year. As someone […]