According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), phishing is a scam carried out through phone calls, unsolicited email and/or websites that pose as legitimate sites to lure unsuspecting victims to provide personal and financial information.
Here are some current examples of phishing:
The IRS will never initiate contact with the taxpayer by email, text message or social media to request personal and financial information. These type of scammers should be reported to the FTC at 1-877-382-4357 or 1-866-653-4261
Complaints can be filled at:
Cyber criminals have stolen 143 million credit records in the recent hacking scandal at the big-three credit bureau, Equifax. At this point you have to assume that the bad guys have personal information that they can use to trick you.
You need to watch out for the following things:
Five things you can do to prevent identify theft:
To keep updated with current scams, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provides scam alerts you can sign up for via email. These scam alerts include information on what to know and what to do about the latest scams.
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Report a scam:
Call the FTC at 1-877-382-4357 or 1-866-653-4261
Tech support phone scams are when cybercriminals call claiming to be from either Microsoft or any company that provides some type of computer support services. They offer to help resolve any complications with computers or even sell a software license. If given access to a computer, the cybercriminals are able to install malicious software that could steal sensitive information or download software that will allow them to take over your computer. A request for credit card information will be asked to bill you for their "services."
Microsoft does not make unsolicited phone calls. For more information regarding tech support scams please visit:
Ransomware is malware that locks a computer and shows a warning demanding a payment to unlock the computer. When a computer is locked, it is typical for the ransomware warning to state that there has been a violation of federal law, while also displaying a logo from a government agency. Do not pay the ransom! Report ransomware to the Internet Crime Complaint (IC3):
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You may need to seek the services of a computer specialist to look at your computer and remove the ransomware.
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The arrest warrant scam is when a cybercriminal sends a victim a fake arrest warrant, via email or fax, stating a federal law enforcement officer or an attorney of a government agency wants to arrest them with charges such as money laundering, bank fraud, or missing jury duty. On the arrest warrant, it states to send money to avoid arrest. A valid warrant would be served in person by a U.S. Marshal or other law enforcement officer. Do not send money!
Report arrest warrant scams to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or the U.S. Marshals Office.
U.S. Marshals Office:
Grandkid scams involve the grandparent receiving a call representing your "grandchild" claiming to need money for bail, a medical bill, or situations that involves urgency and money.
Scammers are really good at pretending to be someone that they are not. Scammers will use information found on social media and other resources to sound convincing. The scammers use urgency to pressure you into send money before there is a chance to think and verify the situation.
In these situations the best you could always do is stop and think about the situation. Call other family members and assess the situation.
Sometimes scammers will create fake dating profiles in order to trick you. These scams involve meeting someone through an online dating platforms and using exploiting love interests for their scams. The person will tell you they love you but lives far away because of business or other reasons such as the military. Eventually, they will ask for money saying its for a plane ticket to visit you or some emergency surgery.
These type of scammers should be reported to the FTC at 1-877-382-4357 or 1-866-653-4261
Complaints can be filled at: