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Fraud Types

Scam artists use clever schemes to defraud millions of people across the globe each year, threatening financial security, and generating substantial profits for criminal organizations and common crooks.  They use phone, email, postal mail, and the internet to cross geographic boundaries and trick victims into sending money or giving out personal information.

Identity Theft

Identity theft involves the misuse of another individual's personal identifying information for fraudulent purposes. It is almost always committed to facilitate other crimes, such as credit card fraud, mortgage fraud, and check fraud.   Click here to learn tips to recognize and avoid identity theft.

Telemarketing Fraud

Every year, thousands of people lose money to telemarketing scams - from a few dollars to their life savings. Telephone scammers are good at what they do. They say anything to cheat people out of their money. They may call and imply that they work for a company you trust, or they may send mail or place ads to convince you to call them.  Click here to learn tips to recognize and avoid telemarketing fraud.

Charity Fraud

If you are thinking about giving to a charity, do your research to avoid fraudsters who try to take advantage of your generosity.  Click here to learn tips to recognize and avoid charity fraud.

Email Fraud

Email fraud uses email messages to trick victims into sending financial information or money to criminals, often in other countries.   Click here to learn tips to recognize and avoid email fraud.

Social Networking Fraud

Social networking sites are great ways to connect with people you have not seen in a long time. The sites are also filled with many hoaxes, and internet scammers are increasingly looking to social networking sites as a way of finding new victims.  Click here to learn tips to recognize and avoid social networking fraud.

Online Auction Fraud

Thinking of bidding in an online auction, or selling some of your stuff?  Internet auctions are a great resource for shoppers and sellers, but you need to watch out for some pitfalls. Click here to learn tips to recognize and avoid online auction fraud.


This site is for educational purposes and is not intended to provide legal advice.  For specific advice about your unique circumstances, you may wish to consult a qualified professional.  Credits: Federal Trade Commission; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Homeland Security; National Cyber Security Alliance.



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