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A scam story: Secret shopping and fake checks

Friday, May 18th, 2018

May 16, 2018 by:  Emma Fletcher Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC Scammers need a good story to get to your wallet. Once they find one that works, they use it again and again. One of their old favorites … Continue reading


Friday, September 22nd, 2017

September 7, 2017 — Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX) announced a cybersecurity incident potentially impacting approximately 143 million U.S. consumers. Criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files. Based on the company’s investigation, the unauthorized access … Continue reading

IRS Scam Awareness

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

The IRS and Local Law Enforcement continue working to warn citizens about phone scams. The IRS calling to inform you that you owe money or did not pay your taxes is very popular. Here is information from the IRS website … Continue reading

Debit Card Locked Calls Scam

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Customers of Seamen’s Bank have reported receiving an automated phone call from MasterCard and Visa warning that their Debit Card is locked and to reactivate push #4 after pushing #4 it will ask for your 16 digit card number. These … Continue reading

Phishing Phone Calls

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Customers of Seamen’s Bank have reported receiving phone calls from Seamen’s Bank Head Quarters. The person calling is offering to reverse overdraft fees charged to accounts with Seamen’s Bank. They will then ask for your account information and other non-public … Continue reading

Eversource Disconnection Scam

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Recently there has been an increase in scams both in our region and nationally. To protect you from being a victim of a scam, please keep the following information in mind. Most scams threaten customers with disconnection of electric service … Continue reading

Ptown PD warns of scam at lodging establishments

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

PROVINCETOWN – A potential scam was brought to the attention of Provincetown Police recently. Apparently hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses may be receiving calls to their front desk in which an anonymous party asks to speak with a guest in a certain … Continue reading

How to help the earthquake victims in Nepal

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

April 28, 2015 by: Colleen Tressler Consumer Education Specialist, FTC. The devastation caused by a massive earthquake in Nepal and the Katmandu Valley region has left many people asking how they can help. If you’re looking for a way to … Continue reading

Criminals Host Fake Government Services Web Sites

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

From May 2012 to March 2015, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has received complaints regarding criminals hosting fraudulentgovernment services websites in order to acquire Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and to collect fraudulent fees from consumers. Although the volume … Continue reading


Friday, September 26th, 2014

Cyber criminals posing as Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) employees are defrauding the public. The IC3 has received complaints from victims who were receiving e-mails purported to be from the IC3. This advisory informs readers how the scheme works, offers … Continue reading