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Scam FAQ: “Your Order Has Arrived”/Shipping Status Scam

SCARS™ Anti-Scam FAQ: "Your Order Has Arrived"/Shipping Status Scam   You may have received an email that says your "order" from Amazon or other ecommerce retailer has arrived or has been shipped. It likely asks you to click on a link.   These emails can be a phishing scam attempting to get personal information from you by asking you to confirm your bank information or other information only known to you.   If you are [...]

Scam FAQ: Veterans Charity Scams

SCARS™ Anti-Scam FAQ: Veterans Charity Scams   Fake charity scams are nothing new, and the Veterans Affairs Department and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service warns that veterans of the armed forces are particularly vulnerable.   The scammers reportedly offer pension buyouts to veterans or ask veterans to donate to a charity that sounds and looks real but isn't.   The scammers take the donations or cash the pension checks.   The scammers will also take [...]

Scam FAQ: Ticket Scams

SCARS™ Anti-Scam FAQ: Ticket Scams   Looking for tickets to a concert or for that upcoming football game? If so, beware of tickets scams. The prevalence of online ticket sellers and resellers has created plenty of ticket scam opportunities that you need to be wary of when you go to buy your tickets.   The BBB Scam Tracker reported more than 300 ticket scams reported last year with the most common scams center around reselling [...]

Scam FAQ: Tech Support Fraud

SCARS™ Anti-Scam FAQ: Tech Support Fraud   In 2017 there were 11,000 complaints related to tech support fraud that resulted in claimed losses of nearly $15 million—an 86% increase in losses from 2016. These tech support scams have prompted the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) to warn consumers about criminals claiming to provide the customer, security, or technical support as a cover in an effort to defraud individuals.   The scam can take place through [...]

Scam FAQ: Tax Prep Scam

SCARS™ Anti-Scam FAQ: Tax Prep Scam   Not only are U.S. taxpayers the targets of scammers this tax season, so are the tax professionals that prepare tax returns. Tax fraud is big business for fraudsters that can steal the tax preparers information and turn around and sell it on the dark web for money.   This year scammers are sending a lot more phishing emails in an attempt to gain access to the accountant's computer. [...]

Scam FAQ: U.S. Tax Arrest Scam

SCARS™ Anti-Scam FAQ: U.S. Tax Arrest Scam   The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently warned the public about "sophisticated phone scams" targeting taxpayers by claiming to be IRS employees.   The scammers demand that the victims owe money to the IRS and to pay them promptly or be arrested, deported or have their driver's license suspended. Sometimes, the caller becomes aggressive, warning people that a Sheriff or local law enforcement will show up at their [...]

Scam FAQ: ATM & Credit Card Shimmer Scams

SCARS™ Anti-Scam FAQ: ATM & Credit Card Shimmer Scams   A shimmer scam is an update on skimming except that thieves are using "shimmers" to target chip-based credit and debit cards. A shimmer is a very thin piece of paper that can read your card number and access your credit or debit card's EMV chip—the chip designed to help make your card more secure.   A thief will put a shimmer into an ATM and [...]