Scams & Fraud

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Create Stronger Online Passwords to Protect Your Personal Information

It's National Password Day! When is the last time you reviewed the passwords to your bank account, email, or credit card accounts? Are your online passwords strong enough to protect your information?

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Don't Click That Link! How to Protect Yourself from Tech Support Scams

From robocalls to emails claiming to be from Nigerian royalty, internet scammers are coming up with all sorts of new and creative ways to try to steal your money. One such way is the tech support scam.

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Income Tax Professionals Beware: Tax Scams Are Targeting Your Network and Your Customer Data

Income tax time is when identity thieves and scammers go into overdrive aiming to steal sensitive data from tax payers and tax professionals alike. Tax return preparers and other tax professionals must be mindful of scams that seek to steal personal and professional information or that allow remote control of computer systems.

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Off to College? Going Back to School? How to Spot Scholarship Scams

There are more than 1.5 million scholarships available for college students. If you're one of them, make sure you know what to look for so that no one will take your money or sell your personal information.

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Protect Yourself from Identity Theft by Keeping Your Private Information Private

Social media has become so prevalent in our day-to-day lives that we often give little thought to privacy. In reality, it is more important than ever to safeguard personal information from the dangerous threats of identity theft.

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Applying for a Student Loan? Learn How to Identify and Avoid Loan Forgiveness Scams

If you have to take out a student loan or if you have just graduated and are now wondering how best to pay back your student loans, make sure to avoid loan forgiveness scams so you won't fall further into debt.

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Top Tips for Spotting the Red Flags of a Scam and Keeping Your Money and Information Safe

Scammers are constantly coming up with new ways to fool their victims in an effort to steal money or sensitive personal information. While there are many different ploys and tactics used by these con artists, most scams will typically have several elements in common. If you are able to recognize the red flags of scams, you'll be in a much better position to stop scammers in their tracks.

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Watch Out for Strange Text Messages Trying to Steal Your Personal and Financial Information

If you get a strange text message from an email address or number you don't recognize, it's probably best to ignore it. Believe it or not, responding to one of these messages can cause you a lot of unforeseen problems. You might find that you suddenly have unwanted charges on your phone bill or have become the victim of identity theft. In any case, you're confirming to scammers that your number is good.

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Avoid Travel Scams With These Tips When You're Making Plans for Your Next Summer Vacation

The summer travel season is almost here, meaning many families are gearing up to hit the road for the unofficial start of summer. But not much can ruin your great vacation faster than falling for a scam or realizing that you're on the wrong end of a bad deal. Before you find yourself trying to salvage your summer vacation plans, check out these tips about scam prevention and protecting your money.

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College Test Prep Scammers Claiming to Be From the College Board Again Targeting Families

Is there a high school student in your life? Sooner or later, that student will be preparing for college. Unfortunately, scammers are once again targeting families and pretending to be from the College Board in an attempt to take advantage of their desire to have the student get into the best schools.

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Beware of Automated Phone Scams Seeking Personal Financial Information

Consumers across the country should be on the lookout for automated phone calls pretending to be from your bank or credit union. While the call may seem official at first, it's actually a scam.

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IRS Scam Once Again Targeting Consumers With Recorded Messages Threatening Arrest

The IRS scam is back and targeting unsuspecting consumers who have fear of being arrested for unpaid taxes. It's just another variation of common scams already making the rounds that threaten arrest in exchange for iTunes gift cards.

Avoiding Credit Card Fraud and Identity Theft When Traveling
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Avoiding Credit Card Fraud and Identity Theft When Traveling

Have an upcoming vacation or business trip? Whether you're traveling across the state or around the world, don't forget to take the necessary precautions to protect your most important asset — your identity!

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Tip-Offs to Rip-offs: Don't Fall for Health Care Product Fraud Scams

You'll never see scam warnings on health products, but that's what you ought to be thinking when you see certain claims often used by scammers trying to prey on people who want easy solutions to difficult health problems.

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Scammers Pose as Government Officials; Want Gift Card Payments

Consumers should be on the lookout for callers pretending to be government or law enforcement officials demanding immediate payment with gift cards.

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Scam Alert: Con Artists Are Targeting Consumers Going Through Bankruptcy Court Proceedings

People going through bankruptcy proceedings are already hard-pressed for money, but that doesn't stop the scammers from seeing a quick payday. Unfortunately, scammers are taking advantage of these good people who fell on hard times and use fear to steal whatever money they have left. If you or anyone you know is going through bankruptcy proceedings, watch out for these signs of a scam.

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Phony Grandchild Scam Continues to Target Senior Citizens Nationwide

Scam artists are continuing to target senior citizens all across the country with modified versions of a familiar scheme. The con artist uses a common technique—playing on the emotions of a potential victim.

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Watch Out for These Red Flags of a Credit Repair Scam and Avoid Companies That Display Them

A financial setback is devastating, especially to your credit rating. Repairing the damage to your credit can seem impossible. During these times of anxiety, it can be easy to fall victim to scammers wanting to take your money with promises of repairing your credit history. Before you fall victim to a credit repair scam, look out for these red flags and avoid companies that display them.

Have You Lost Your Credit or Debit Card But Then Found It? Cancel It Anyway
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Have You Lost Your Credit or Debit Card But Then Found It? Cancel It Anyway!

Have you ever lost your wallet or purse? Or maybe given your credit or debit card to a cashier only to walk away without it? Well, you're not alone. It's happened to pretty much everyone at one time or another.

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Scam Alert: Special Agents Don't Call to Collect Fines from Using Online Pharmacies

Purchasing your medications online is quick and convenient. But it could also place your personal information in the hands of criminals who want to use it to extort you.

Beware of Phony Credit and Debit Card Cancellation Phone Calls
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SCAM ALERT: Beware of Phony Credit and Debit Card Cancellation Phone Calls

Consumers across North Carolina and beyond are continuing to receive automated telephone calls saying that their credit or debit card has been cancelled or deactivated. Don't fall for it! This is a scam.

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Con Artists Impersonating IRS Agents Continue to Target Consumers Nationwide

Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain a serious threat to taxpayers. Scammers will often alter caller ID numbers to trick consumers into thinking it's the agency.

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Consumers Beware: Don't Let Car Dealers Take You In with a Yo-Yo Auto Sale Scam

You've finally filled out all the paperwork for a new or used car and drive it off the lot in triumph. Then, only a few hours (or days or weeks) later, the dealer calls and says that you have to return the car.

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Avoiding Home Repair and Charity Scams After Natural Disasters

Hurricane Florence has its sights set on the east coast and North Carolina may find itself suffering significant damage. As if preparing for the storm isn't enough, you have to be on your guard for scammers who want to take advantage of the situation and take your money.

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Watch Out for Scammers Targeting Home Buyers at Closing if You're in the Market for a New Home

Are you thinking about buying a new home? It's almost the most popular time of the year for home sales, and you wouldn't be alone if you're thinking about jumping into the housing market. If you are looking, you should also be looking for scammers that want to steal your closing cost funds by pretending to be your real estate agent, closing attorney, title company, escrow company, or mortgage company.

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Scam Alert: Don't Fall for Fake Discounted Cable Service Offer

If you receive a phone call from someone who claims to be with your cable provider about drastically lowering your monthly bill, chances are it's a scam. Scammers are impersonating cable companies.

Looking for Love? Don't Fall for Online Dating Scams
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Looking for Love? Don't Fall for Online Dating Scams

Romance scams are one of the darker sides to online dating. Scammers create profiles on popular online dating sites using stolen photography and information. Know the red flags so you don't become a victim!

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Puppy Scams Take Advantage of Your Desire For A Puppy At A Bargain Price

If you are looking for a new puppy, you should be on the lookout for a scam that's taking advantage of your love for a new puppy and your desire to save money. The scam does a lot to get you excited, but leaves you spending money and without the new member of the family.

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Online Security: Tips to Protect Yourself Whenever Making Online Purchases

It can be a nearly impossible task to know exactly who you're dealing with when conducting any business online. Unfortunately, cybercriminals are still working hard to take advantage of you, and the tactics and technology they use is constantly evolving. While it's not possible to stop using the Internet these days, it is possible to protect yourself from becoming a victim of online fraud.

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Mortgage Assistance and Foreclosure Relief Scams Prey on Those Affected by Government Shutdown

As the government shutdown rolls on, people are having to resort to extreme measures in order to make ends meet. Scammers, unfortunately, know this and are making the rounds to take advantage of unsuspecting homeowners. That's why it's important to make sure you are aware of mortgage assistance and foreclosure relief scams and the tactics scammers use to steal the money you still have.

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Most Online Pharmacies Are Really Fake Websites Selling Illegal, Tainted or Counterfeit Drugs

Thanks to the Internet, you can buy practically anything today from the ordinary to the exotic. Buying medications is no exception. You can find nearly any medication you want with a quick search. Unfortunately, nearly all online web pharmacies are illegal, selling not only controlled substances that can't be purchased online but also dangerous counterfeit and tainted medications.

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The Yellow Page Business Directory Invoice Scam Continues to Claim Victims in North Carolina

Businesses of all sizes should be on alert for fake invoices for supposed listings in the Yellow Pages or other business directories, which are once again increasing in frequency. While it can be very easy to fall for this particular scam, it can also be easy to spot if you know what to do. Knowing what this scam is all about before you fall victim and lose your hard-earned money is your the first step.