FTC – Federal Trade Commission

SCARS™ Special Report: Fake Checks Scams

SCARS™ Special Report: Fake Checks Scams If Someone You Don’t Know Sends You A Check And Asks For Money Back, That’s A Scam Fake checks drive many types of scams — like those involving phony job and income opportunities, online classified ad sales, and others. In a fake check scam, a person you don’t know asks you to deposit a check – sometimes for several thousand dollars and usually for more than you are owed — [...]

SCARS™ Scam Alert: Tax Identity Thieves And IRS Imposters Are Ready For Tax Season

SCARS™ Scam Alert: Tax Identity Thieves And IRS Imposters Are Ready For Tax Season Tax identity thieves and IRS imposters are ready for tax season, whether you are or not. Join the FTC and its partners for Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week to find out how to protect yourself, and what to do if you or someone you know runs into problems. What is tax identity theft? It happens when someone uses your Social Security [...]

SCARS™ Scam Warning: Social Security Is Not Trying To Take Your Benefits [Audio & Infographic]

SCARS™ Scam Warning: Social Security Is Not Trying To Take Your Benefits [Audio & Infographic] The Federal Trade Commission Is Warning U.S. Social Security Recipients Of A New Scam Coming By Robocall According to the FTC: We’ve seen a new twist on the Social Security Administration (SSA) scam recently. Check out this SSA imposter robocall, which says your benefits will end. (That’s not true, by the way.) IF YOU GET A CALL LIKE [...]

SCARS™ Scam Basics: The Proper Scam Reporting Process [Infographics]

SCARS™ Scam Basics: The Proper Scam Reporting Process [Infographics] Yes It Makes A Difference How You Report Scammers Just posting a name, or photo, or link on Facebook accomplishes very little or nothing. It is strictly a placebo (unless people are actively taking down the fake profiles). But it does NOTHING to get them arrested. Neither does posting them on any of the thousands of amateur pretender or fake anti-scam group websites. SCARS is the [...]

SCARS™ Insight: Romance Scams Led All Consumer Fraud In 2018

SCARS™ Insight: Romance Scams Led All Consumer Fraud In 2018 Overall Romance Scams Are Still Below The Record Year Of 2016, But Reporting Is Up Making It Look Higher According to CNN: Scams that prey on people's loneliness and emotional vulnerability cost Americans more money than any other fraud reported to the Federal Trade Commission in 2018. More than 21,000 people were tricked into sending money to their supposed sweetheart last year -- to the [...]

SCARS™ Guide: Reporting Scams To U.S. State Police Cybercrime Agencies

SCARS™ Guide: Reporting Scams To U.S. State Police Cybercrime Agencies As A Result Of Actions By The Trump Administration, State Police Agencies Throughout The United States Have Substantially Improved Their Cybercrime Investigative And Support Capabilities As a result we recommend now that instead of reporting to local law enforcement that you contact your state police cybercrimes unit. Here Is A Directory With Links To State Police Cybercrime Agencies In The U. S. Of [...]

SCARS™ Insight: U.S. Government Study Finds Millennials Are 25 Percent More Likely To Report Scams

SCARS™ Insight: U.S. Government Study Finds Millennials Are 25 Percent More Likely To Report Scams Even So, That Raises It From About 5% To 7% Of Them The Federal Trade Commission Says Millennials Are 25 Percent More Likely To Report That They Have Lost Money To Fraud Than Consumers Aged 40 And Over! However, that is not a glaring endorsement of Millenials since they fall for scams at a far higher rate than older adults. [...]

SCARS™ Advocacy: Are You Using Match.com? FTC Finally Brings Action!

SCARS™ Advocacy: Are You Using Match.com? FTC Finally Brings Action! The Federal Government Takes Action Against Match.com For Their Failure To Maintain Safety For Their Users Online Dating Sites Are A Common Way People Seek Romance - But What If, Instead Of A Potential Match, You Find A Scammer? Today, the FTC announced a lawsuit against Match.com, challenging several of Match’s business practices, including ones that the FTC says exposed customers to romance scammers. [...]

SCARS™ Analytics: Romance Scams Rank Number One On Total Reported Losses

SCARS™ Analytics: Romance Scams Rank Number One On Total Reported Losses According to the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission, Romance Scams Come Out On Top! People looking for romance are hoping to be swept off their feet, not caught up in a scam. But tens of thousands of reports in Consumer Sentinel show that a scam is what many people find. In 2018, the FTC's Sentinel had more than 21,000 reports [...]

SCARS™ Scam Basics: 9 Steps To Avoiding Online Fraud

SCARS™ Scam Basics: 9 Steps To Avoiding Online & Real-Life Fraud   1 - Spot Imposters / Fakes Scammers often pretend to be someone you trust, like a government official, a family member, a charity, or a company you do business with. Don’t send money or give out personal information in response to an unexpected request – whether it comes as a text, a phone call or an email. 2 - Do Online Searches - [...]

SCARS™ Insight: Facebook 1 Billion Fake Profiles [Infographic]

SCARS™ Insight: Facebook 1 Billion Fake Profiles [Infographic] Think About This? There Are About 2+ Billion Profiles On Facebook! THAT IS A LOT OF PEOPLE - MORE THAN CHINA & THE U.S. COMBINED! Now think about 1 billion fake facebook profiles? That's 50% of Facebook profiles! This Concerns Us! What about other social media and online platforms? Facebook themselves admits to deleting over a billion fake profiles a year! And allows between 8% or more [...]

SCARS|ADVOCACY™ Petition: Ban Access To U.S. VOIP Phone Numbers Without U.S. Residence or Incorporation Verification

SCARS|ADVOCACY™ Petition: Ban Access To U.S. VOIP Phone Numbers Without U.S. Residence or Incorporation Verification SOLUTIONS DO NOT ALWAYS NEED TO BE COMPLICATED In today's world anyone - literally, anyone anywhere in the world can obtain a FREE United States phone number for any purpose without any real identity verification. This makes it easy for transnational cybercriminals (or anyone else) to engage in scams, cybercrimes, or other unlawful activities. Scammers from around the world use [...]