Recent Scams

Top tips for avoiding scams at the holidays

Now that the holiday shopping season is in full swing, scammers are shopping too, looking for people to separate from their money. We already gave you some of the FTC’s tips for happy holiday shopping, but here are some tips to help you outsmart those bah-humbug scammers and donate safely.

Is That Email Really From the Boss?

An in-depth investigative study by Better Business Bureau (BBB) finds that business email compromise scams are skyrocketing in frequency and have cost businesses and other organizations more than $3 billion since 2016.

In the wake of Hurricane Dorian

If you suffered damage from Hurricane Dorian, or if you’re looking for ways to help those in need, start at ftc.gov/weatheremergencies. You’ll find ways to spot the scams that often follow disasters.

Is the American Community Survey Legit?

Here at the FTC, we always tell people to use caution when someone they don’t know asks them for personal information. So it’s not surprising that people are asking questions about mailings and phone calls they’re getting about the American Community Survey (ACS).

Scam Alert: Genetic Testing

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General is alerting the public about a fraud scheme involving genetic testing. Genetic testing fraud occurs when Medicare is billed for a test or screening that was not medically necessary and/or was not ordered by a Medicare beneficiary's treating physician.

Calls Claiming To Be the Social Security Administration (SSA)

Scammers are calling, pretending to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and saying that your Social Security number (SSN) has been suspended because of suspicious activity or being involved in a crime. Sometimes, the scammer wants you to confirm your SSN to reactivate it or will ask for money or gift cards to keep your SSN or bank account safe.

AG Elder Abuse Listening Tour Event

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Supreme Court Justices Megan Cavanagh and Richard Bernstein will be in Grand Rapids Friday, June 14 at the Kent County Probate Court to hear from the community to identify ways seniors should be protected. The Elder Abuse Task Force was created by the Attorney General to explore opportunities to tackle the issues facing the senior community – including...

Older Adults Hit Hard by Financial Fraud

Older Americans who were exploited by family, fraudsters and others in recent years suffered an average loss of $34,200, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis by the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Fake Itunes Receipt- Phishing Email

If you receive a fake iTunes purchase receipt, ignore and delete it. WA ScamNet has had reports of emails that appear to be from the Apple Store confirming expensive purchases that were made on an iTunes account and containing a link to dispute the purchase.

Beware of Scammers Pretending to be Social Security

In the digital age, frauds and scams are an unfortunate part of doing business online. During the holiday season, Social Security has traditionally seen a spike in phishing scams, and we want to protect you as best we can. We urge you to always be cautious and to avoid providing sensitive information such as your Social Security Number (SSN) or bank account information to unknown individuals...

12 Scams of Christmas: What to Look For and How to Avoid Them

Better Business Bureau® urges consumers to be prepared for scammers looking to take a bit of your holiday cheer.

Medicare Fraud Scam Offers Free Back or Knee Braces

Have you been offered a free knee brace from Medicare? Beware of this rampant scam that's been going on.

Phishers send fake invoices

We've recently heard that scammers are recycling an old phishing attempt. In this version, scammers, posing as a well-known tech company, email a phony invoice showing that you've recently bought music or apps from them.

The FTC will never ask you to send money

If someone claiming to be with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) contacts you and asks you to send money, it's a scam. Do not pay. Report it. Spread the word to your family and friends.

U.S. Marshals Won't Call You About Jury Duty

United States Marshals protect the federal courts, track down dangerous fugitives, and transport thousands of prisoners.They don't make calls and threaten to arrest people or fine them for missing jury duty