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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Tax Professionals Warned of New Scam Aiming to Steal Their Passwords and Client Information

The IRS is warning tax professionals to beware of a new phishing email scam impersonating tax software providers and attempting to steal data.

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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.

Top Tips for Spotting a Scam and Not Becoming a Victim
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Top Tips for Spotting a Scam and Not Becoming a Victim

Scammers are constantly coming up with new ways to fool their victims. While there are many ploys and tactics utilized, most scams will have elements in common—and knowing the warning signs is key.

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Watch Out for Strange Text Messages Seeking Personal Information

If you get a strange looking text message from an email address or phone number that you don't recognize, it's best not to respond to it. Responding to one of these messages can cause you a lot of problems, such as unwanted charges or identity theft, not to mention confirm to scammers that your number is valid.

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Avoid Travel Scams When Making Vacation Plans This Summer

The summer travel season will soon be underway, and families all across the country will hit the road for a vacation. This being said, nothing can ruin a good trip faster than falling for a scam or getting a bad deal.

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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.

Con Artists Target People Going Through Bankruptcy Court Proceedings
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SCAM ALERT: Con Artists Target People Going Through Bankruptcy Court Proceedings

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina is warning the public to be on alert for scam phone calls that rely on a familiar tactic—fear. Know the red flags and don't fall for it!

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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.

How to Avoid Being Taken In By a Credit Repair Service Scam
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How to Avoid Being Taken In By a Credit Repair Service Scam

It can be overwhelming to try to repair your credit history after it has been damaged by a financial setback. Unfortunately, unscrupulous credit repair companies may try to take advantage of your anxiety.

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.

Thinking about Buying a House? Watch Out for Mortgage Closing Scams
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Thinking about Buying a House? Watch Out for Mortgage Closing Scams Targeting Home Buyers

Are you one of the many thinking about buying a house this summer? If so, make sure you don't fall for a mortgage closing scam! Scammers are targeting buyers close to the closing date on their mortgages.

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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.