Questions about scams and fraud schemes continue to be one of the more common calls to the Department. Phone scams continue to be popular and new internet scams arrive daily. The guideline of "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.." continues to be good advice but now scammers are using high pressure tactics including threats. These tactics can pressure people into giving up information they otherwise would not have.
You can protect yourself from scams and fraud schemes by:
Trusting your instincts
Never giving out personal information over the phone or entering it on an unknown website
Not opening e-mails from unknown senders
Hanging up the phone if you believe the call is a scam
Fraudulent e-mails can be reported to your e-mail or internet service provider. Repeated scam telephone calls can be reported to your phone service provider.
If you feel you have been defrauded or have provided your information to a scammer you can file a report with the Department. You may also file a report with the Internet Crime Complaint Center here: Internet Crime Complaint Center
Scam and Fraud Resources
The following websites provide information on current scams and fraud schemes as well as tips to protect yourself: