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Fraud Alerts

Protect yourself and your finances.

Check back often to stay up to date on the latest fraud and scams so you can better protect yourself from financial fraud.

FTC warns to be aware of Covid-19 vaccine scams

December 8, 2020

With the Covid-19 vaccine on its way the Federal Trade Commission is providing tips on how to avoid a Covid-19 vaccine-related scam.

Read the full details on the alert from the Federal Trade Commission.

BBB warns that online puppy scams are on the rise

December 2, 2020

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is advising caution when shopping for a pet online.

Read the full details on the alert from the Better Business Bureau.

Zoom invites that are phishing scams

November 25, 2020

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is reporting a scam that tries to get the victim to “reactivate” their Zoom account, once the link is clicked, malware is downloaded onto your computer.

Read the full details on the alert from the Better Business Bureau.

BBB issues a Cash App scam alert

October 30, 2020

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is seeing dozens of reports of “get rich quick” schemes involving Cash App.

Read the full details on the alert from the Better Business Bureau.

COVID-19 Stimulus Scams

April 1, 2020

With the US Congress passing the COVID-19 relief and stimulus package, fraudsters are trying to take advantage of the situation. Fraudsters will attempt to steal your personal information, pass on malware, or other fraud related activities. These attempts can come by email, text message, or phone call by someone posing as an official government agency or agent.

Read the full details on the alert from the US Secret Service. (PDF)

Android Malware "Agent Smith"

July 11, 2019

A newly discovered piece of Android malware that replaces portions of apps with its own code has infected more than 25 million devices worldwide.

Read more at the CheckPoint website.

Chinese Embassy Scam Phone Calls

March 28, 2019

Fraudsters speak with a Chinese dialect and claim to be from the Chinese embassy or consulate. The victims are told that if they don't send money they could face deportation, loss of assets, or jail time. Many of the people who have reported this scam are of Asian descent and are from China.

Read more at the IC3 website.

Android™ Malware That Steals Facebook Login

January 18, 2018

53 apps found in the Google Play™ Store have been identified as malicious. Some of these apps have been in the Google Play™ Store since April 2017. They are disguised as utility apps, performance boosters and social media video downloaders. These apps will steal your Facebook login credentials while also aggressively displaying pop-up ads.

To keep your device safe, avoid downloading apps before verifying their authenticity and reading reviews. Keeping your device patched and up-to-date will help protect your device from these types of attacks.

Watch Out for Scam Callers Pretending to be Equifax

September 14, 2017

The Federal Trade Commission warns to be on alert for scammers pretending to be Equifax, calling to steal your personal information. Always be cautious of someone who calls you and ask for your personal information.

IRS Warns of Fake Tax Software Update Scheme

August 9, 2017

The IRS is warning of phishing emails that try to trick tax professionals into downloading software updates. But, in fact steer victims into divulging login credentials.

View More Details at the IRS Website

Spam Email: FTC Acting Chairman

June 20, 2017

Please be advised of reports of spam email currently underway that appears to be from the acting Chairman from the FTC. Do NOT click on any links within. The emails are not from the FTC.

Tech Support Scams Notice

May 17, 2017

The FTC is reminding people about Tech Support Scams and what to look for. The scammers try to convince you that your computer needs a repair and to give them money to "fix it".

Spam Email: Your IRS Data Require Immediate Action

January 19, 2016

Be advised that we've been made aware of a spam alert that is using emails that appear to be related to the IRS. Do NOT click on any links within. The emails are not from the IRS.

Click here to view the email (JPG image).

IC3 Issues Alert on CryptoWall Ransomware

June 23, 2015

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has warned that U.S. individuals and businesses are still at risk of CryptoWall ransomware fraud. Scammers use ransomware - a type of malicious software - to infect a device and restrict access until a ransom fee is paid­­. Individuals and organizations are discouraged from paying the ransom, as this does not guarantee files will be released.

Read more at the IC3 website.

New Bank Transfer Cyber Fraud

April 3, 2015

There is a new malware that waits until the user is navigates to a bank website, then instantly creates a fake screen. This screen tells the user that the bank's site is having problems and to call a certain number. If users call that number, they get through to an English-speaking operator who already knows what bank the users think they are contacting. The operator then elicits the users' banking details and immediately starts a large wire transfer to take money out of the relevant account.

Fraudulent Websites Posing as Green Dot MoneyPak Customer Support

October 7, 2014

The FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has received numerous complaints reporting fraudulent websites posing as MoneyPak customer support. They found these website via search engines. MoneyPak is a non-reloadable, prepaid product offered by Green Dot.

Read more at the IC3 website.

Phishing Scam: Solidwall Bank

August 6, 2014

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has alerted about website spoofing and phishing from an entity titled "Solidwall Bank". The entity has spoofed the website of a legitimate bank in Somerville, Massachusetts. If you receive emails from "Solidwall Bank" please do not open them or follow any links in the email.

Read more at the website for the OCC.

Scams Targeting University Employees

May 8, 2014

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is aware of various types of cyber-scams being targeted at universities, university employees and students. Please be cautious when you receive any email from someone you do not know.

Read more at the website for the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

Easter Holiday Phishing and Malware Campaigns

April 15, 2014

As Easter approaches please be mindful of potential emails related to Easter that may contain malware or that could be phishing for personal information. Please be cautious when receiving the following:

  • shipping notifications that may be phishing scams or may contain malware
  • electronic greeting cards that may contain malware
  • requests for charitable contributions that maybe phishing scams and may originate from illegitimate sources claiming to be charities

Read more at the website for the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT).

Telephone Scam - "Grandparent Scam"

April 14, 2014

The Internet Crime Complaint Center has received reports of a telephone scam. Fraudsters claim that a relative is in trouble in another country and that you need to wire money to help your relative. The fraudsters may also pose as an attorney, law enforcement or some other type of official.

When receiving this type of call, remain calm and resist the pressure to act quickly. Try to contact your relative first to make sure this is legitimate. Never wire money based on a request made by phone, email or text message.

Read the full alert from the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

IRS Phone Scam

March 21, 2014

The IRS is reporting that fraudsters are calling people across the county claiming to be from the IRS. They inform the victim that they must pay owed taxes to avoid arrest, deportation,loss of business or driver's license. They are asked to pay by pre-paid card or wire transfer.

More details are available at the IRS website.

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