Fraud Prevention

How to Avoid Vacation Rental Scams

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With prices rising on everything, including hotel stays, a record number of vacationers are choosing to rent private homes or apartments on sites like Airbnb and Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO). Unfortunately, though, vacation rental scams are on the rise as well. Here’s all you need to know about these scams and how to avoid them.

How these scams play out

Beware of Job Scams

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It’s an amazing job opportunity—or is it? Scammers often hijack the job market and trick hopeful job seekers into their schemes. If you’re job-hunting, it’s a good idea to review the way these scams play out and how you can avoid them. To help you out, we’ve put together the following details on what you need to know to stay safe from job scams. 

How to Avoid Credit Card Fraud this Holiday Season

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With the holiday shopping season heading into its final stretch, scammers are out in full force to take advantage of busy shoppers. In particular, credit card fraud is rampant this time of year. With most purchases paid for with plastic, scammers have their pick of vulnerable prey before the holidays. Stay safe this season and protect yourself and your cards from fraud with these safety measures and preventative tips.

Beware of Back-to-School Scams

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As the store aisles fill up with pencils and crayons and the frantic back-to-school shopping season begins, scammers are ready to strike. Whether you’re a college student preparing for the fall semester, a high school student ready to make the most of the coming school year or the parent of a student of any age, beware of these trending back-to-school scams.

Beware of the USPS Texting Scam

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Your phone pings with an incoming text. You swipe it open to find a message from the United States Postal Service (USPS). They’re texting to let you know the scheduled delivery time for your package has been changed. Unfortunately, though, the message is not from the USPS and you’ve just been targeted by a scam. Here’s what you need to know about the latest USPS texting scam.

Beware of the Amazon Watch Raffle Scam

Beware of the Amazon Watch Raffle Scam

Everyone admires Amazon’s scope and efficiency. Scammers are no exception. Recently, they’ve been piggybacking on Amazon’s reach and good name to pull off a scam that’s already taken in thousands of innocent victims.

The scam, also known as the “fitness watch text” or the “Apple Watch raffle scam”, involves a congratulatory text message pop-up on consumers’ phones and the fraudulent promise of a big win. Here’s all you need to know about the Amazon watch raffle scam:

Second Wave of Stimulus Checks Brings More Scams

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The second wave of stimulus checks started hitting checking accounts a few weeks ago, and the BBB and the FTC are already warning of related scams. According to the FTC, American taxpayers lost more than $211 million due to COVID-19 scams, with $20.9 million of that amount connected to the first round of stimulus checks. Don’t get scammed! Protect yourself by learning all about these scams so you know when you’re being targeted.